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Barbara Jean Lutz

Barbara Jean Lutz, Branson, MO, daughter of Lloyd and Helen (Smith) Black, was born September 16, 1933 in Jacksonville, IL and departed this life on April 22, 2020 at the age of 86.

Barbara Lutz

Barbara grew up in Jacksonville, IL and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1951. She met her husband, Robert “Bob” Lutz, in the pits of the stock car races in Jacksonville. They married September 5, 1954 at Central Christian Church of Jacksonville and enjoyed 65 years of marriage.


Barb was actively involved in Girl Scout leadership, as her church nursery coordinator, and coordinated Wednesday evening church meals. She loved cooking for friends and family, sewing, playing games, traveling worldwide, and watching a good Hallmark movie. She and Bob owned three Hallmark shops in the St. Louis area for 20 years. Twice, she was named the National Precious Moments Dealer of the Month. Upon retirement, she and Bob moved to Kimberling City, MO. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kimberling City, MO. Her greatest passion was Operation Christmas Child, where over the years she helped spearhead the ministry in her local church. This resulted in the packing of many thousands of shoeboxes for children overseas, as well as earning her the affectionate nickname of “The Shoebox Lady”. She will be remembered as a wonderful, caring Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; brother, James Black and sister, Joyce Lehner.

Survivors include: her husband, Robert “Bob” Lutz of Branson, MO; son, Richard Lutz and wife, Cindy of Festus, MO; two daughters, Gayle Tohlen and husband, David of Branson, MO and Cheryl Murphy and husband, Kevin of Palmyra, MO; brother, Robert “Bob” Black and wife, Kay of Jacksonville, IL; sister, Betty Peterson of West Plains, MO; four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

A Memorial Service for Barbara will be held at a later date. Cremation was under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home Kimberling City, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Operation Christmas Child program of First Baptist Church Kimberling City, PO Box 459, Kimberling City, MO 65686

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