Barbara A. Moats


Barbara MoatsBarbara A. Moats (nee Acus), passed away, suddenly, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the age of 78.

The daughter of Oakley and Cordelia Acus, Barbara’s accomplishments began at a young age. She was loved and respected by her peers during her youth being named Salutatorian in High School. She would go on to be Prom Queen at Defiance College, where she met her husband of 57 years, Jim Moats. The impact Barb made on her friends never changed through the years with Barb forming irreplaceable bonds in every city the couple lived. Her memory will live on through those friendships.

Barbara and Jim married in 1959, later moving to Lexington then Louisville, Kentucky where she birthed their two children, Sarah Moats Schoemehl and Steven Moats. In 1971 the family uprooted to Knoxville, Tennessee, before settling down in St. Louis, MO in 1978. During the years in St. Louis, Barb worked at Krupp Construction as an Office Manager for 22 years.

Barb loved reading, both books and jokes on the internet, spending time with close friends and family, and her cats, Miss Kitty and Pickles. Barb also never forgot a story that was told to her or a memory from her past and loved to reminisce and have a good laugh. She will be remembered fondly for her quick wit and sense of humor, and uncanny ability to light up those around her. She was a woman who would do anything for her loved ones and will be greatly missed. Her memory will live on in the lives that she touched.

Barbara is survived by her husband, James Moats, two children, Sarah Moats Schoemehl and Steven Moats, and four grandchildren, Jessica Jacoby, Katherine Jacoby, Andrew Moats, and Corey Moats, and sister Nancy Henson.

Visitation for Barbara A. Moats will be held Monday, July 25, 2016 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Sherwood United Methodist Church, 512 North Harrison Street, Sherwood. Private graveside services will be held in Sherwood Cemetery with Pastor Kevin Doseck officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 230 East Elm Street, Sherwood.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at

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