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Barbara L. (Gibson) Scull

May 31, 1926 ~ November 5, 2021 (age 95)


Barbara Gibson Elliott Scull, 95, of Carmel, IN passed away Friday, November 5, 2021. She was born May 31, 1926 in the Old Home Hospital, Muncie, IN to W. Raymond and Blanche A. Merchant Gibson.

Barbara grew up on a farm in Delaware County, IN and was a graduate of Eaton High School. As both of her parents were very involved in music, she was expected to pursue a career in music as well. For more than 75 years, Barbara was a soloist, directed and sang in church choirs and remembered her first vocal solo was “Away in a Manger” in 1932. She was a great “church pew” sleeper while her parents sang in church events.

Following her high school graduation Barbara obtained both her Bachelor of Arts and master’s in music from Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

Barbara utilized her musical gifts abilities as she taught music for 3 years at Union City, OH Eastside School and 4 years at Liberty School in Palestine, OH. In 1963, the family moved to Bedford, IN where Barbara taught 15 years at Shawswick High School, 2 years at Rushville High School, as well as served as substitute teacher for 3 years in the Indianapolis School system.

Barbara returned to teach in the Bedford School system in 1983, retired in 1989; however, taught private voice and piano lessons for an additional 12 years, before finally retiring in 2001. Barbara directed the musicals Bye Bye Birdie and Calamity Jane. She entered students in musical solo and ensemble contests in IN and OH. She trained girls quartets and boys quartets. The “Two & Toos” quartet traveled all over southern IN.

Some of Barbara’s memberships included Argonauts in Bloomington, IN, the IRTA, NLTA and life member of NEA. In addition to singing, Barbara enjoyed sewing, reading, traveling, and playing golf.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph M. Elliott and second husband, Wilfred E. Scull; stepmother, Hazel Lambert Gibson; and stepsister, Shirley Lambert Conner.

Survivors include her son, Lawrence Joseph Elliott of Champaign, IL; daughters, Beatrice Kay Elliott Conklin of Muncie, IN and Cynthia Ann Elliott Kenworthy of Bedford, IN; 6 grandchildren, Jeff Conklin, Todd (Kim) Conklin, Kelley (Larry) Kemper, Teresa (Mike) Holler, Robin (Brooke) Elliott and Maegan Kiendzior; 11 great-grandchildren, Anna, Nash, Stanford, Kinnon (Tabbie), Kyler, Abby, Anna, Katie, Aiden, Kallyn, and Jackson; and 2 great-great-grandchildren, Deklin and Daxin.

Family and friends will gather at 10 am Friday, November 12, 2021 in Carmel United Methodist Church, 621 S Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN where the Funeral Service will begin at 12 noon.

A Committal Service will take place in Eaton Union Cemetery, 16301 N. State Road 3 North, Eaton, IN 47338.

In memory of Barbara, donations may be made to Carmel United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the service.

Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family with arrangements.


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November 12, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Carmel United Methodist Church
621 S. Rangeline Road
Carmel, IN 46032

Funeral Service
November 12, 2021

12:00 PM
Carmel United Methodist Church
621 S. Rangeline Road
Carmel, IN 46032

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Carmel United Methodist Church
621 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel IN 46032

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