Josephine Howard Barrows passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at 100 years of age at her home, Helmsley Farm, in Versailles.
Born on Dec. 20, 1920, in Versailles, she was the only child of Joe and Ruth C. Howard of Elm Tree Farm. Josephine Barrows was educated at Margaret Hall School (Versailles) and Stephens College (Missouri) before graduating from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture/Home Economics in 1942. That summer she enlisted in the Navy Waves and served through the end of the war, stationed in Washington D.C. There she met her husband to be, Navy aviator Lt. John E. “Jug” Barrows of Stickney, South Dakota. They were married in Versailles in February of 1946. For the next nine years, she was an officer’s wife, crisscrossing the country with each new posting. Between 1947 and 1952, she gave birth to four boys, Pete, John Jr., Joe and Bill, each born in a different state. After “Jug’s” retirement from active duty in 1954, they returned to Versailles, where their daughter Susan was born. Josephine set up house, raising her five children and supporting her husband in acquiring his doctorate in education and in his career as a professor/administrator at the University of Kentucky.
Josephine was a homemaker, farm owner and den mother; an active member of the Versailles United Methodist Church and the Woodford County Woman’s Club; a supporter of the Audubon Society and the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary; and with her friend, Elise Gaines, an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds. She was wicked funny, generous and complex.
Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John E. “Jug” Barrows, in 1997 and her second son, John E. Barrows Jr. in 2013.
Survivors include her four children, Dale Peter Barrows, Joseph (Jean) Howard Barrows, William Breckinridge Barrows and Susan (Henry) Perry Barrows Hipkens; six grandchildren, Kendra (John) Ewalt, John E. Barrows III, Parry Barrows, Hayden (Rachel) Barrows, Claire Hipkens and Zach (Liz) Hipkens; and two great-grandchildren, Grace Ewalt and Gavin Barrows. She is also survived by John’s wife, Jill Sellers Barrows.
The family members of Josephine Barrows express their deep appreciation to Iva Blair, Brenda Norris, and Betty Quisenberry for their devotion to and care for Josephine as she completed her journey on this earth. God Bless you.
Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 17, with a private graveside ceremony at Versailles Cemetery with Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill Avenue, Versailles in charge of arrangements.
Donations in honor of Josephine’s memory are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, Aviation Museum of Kentucky, or the Audubon Society of Kentucky.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.clark-legacycenter.com.