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Barbara Popp

Barbara Ann (Daniels) Popp entered her heavenly home on Monday, July 18, 2022, at The Legacy at South Plains in Lubbock, TX.

She was born on Nov. 15, 1937, in Red Oak, IA, the daughter of William Hopson and Kathryn (Huber) Daniels.

She moved with her family to Cape Girardeau in 1947, and was a graduate of Cape Girardeau Central High School, Class of 1955. Barbara married her high school sweetheart, John W Popp Jr., on May 18, 1957, at the First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. They celebrated 59+ years of marriage until John’s passing on July 7, 2016.

John and Barbara first lived in Amite, LA, after their marriage, where John worked for a large farm operation there.

In October 1957, they moved back to Missouri onto the Cargle Lumber Co farm next to the Seabaugh Christmas Tree farm, between Oak Ridge and Old Appleton. They rented that farm where they raised livestock (notably sheep), field crops and hay.

While living on the farm the family attended the First Baptist Church in Oak Ridge where Barbara first became active as an adult in church activities. She also joined the Oak Ridge Homemakers Club and was a member for 60 years.

In June 1968, John began working for Procter & Gamble Co and the family moved to Cheboygan, MI, for a year. Returning to Missouri in June 1969, John was one of the Cape P&G plant start up managers, where he continued working until 1984.

They moved into their brand-new home in Whispering Heights subdivision in 1970, where John and Barbara lived until 2010, when they built another new home in Terrace Park Estates in Jackson. Barbara moved to Lubbock, TX, in November 2020 to be close to family due to declining health.

Shortly after joining the Oak Ridge Homemakers Club, Barbara was encouraged to participate in a “pen pal program” with other farm homemakers from around the world. This led to a friendship with Rae Horn, from New Zealand, that continues to this day. The two “pen pals” wrote faithfully, one letter a month, for 55 years. The two couples have visited in each other’s homes / countries a total of five times, starting with the Horn’s first visit to the United States in July 1988.

Shortly after moving to “Fruitland” in 1970, the family began attending the First Baptist Church in Jackson. Both John and Barbara were active members there, together teaching fourth grade Sunday school for years. Barbara served in a number of positions at First Baptist Jackson: as the minister of education, GA & Acteen leader, Womens Missionary Union (WMU) director, and Baptist Womens president. She also held numerous offices in the Cape Girardeau Baptist association, as well as the state WMU, capped by the Missouri WMU state president from 1996 to 1999.

Her active missionary work led her to go overseas to the countries of Belarus (two times), South Korea, and Lesotho to support mission church work in these countries.

Barbara was also active in the General Federated Womens Clubs (GFWC) for many years. She was a charter member of Scope Club, in Cape Girardeau, and held numerous local, state and national offices, including the Missouri state president, and as a GFWC national junior director.

She loved volunteering for her church and with the GFWC, but also found time to volunteer at local places like the Oliver House in Jackson, and the Red House in Cape Girardeau. She was a member of PEO – Chapter DJ in Jackson. She also volunteered for the Jackson Heritage Association and the Jackson Ministerial Alliance, as well as other local charitable groups, you just asked — she would help.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 59 years, John in 2016; and a son, David W. Popp in 2017.

Loving survivors are a son Steve (Terri) Popp, of Lubbock, TX; daughter Betsy (Norman) Schultz, of Charlotte, NC; brother Michael (Bonnie) Daniels of Snowmass Village, CO; sister-in-law Cathi Popp Smith of Baton Rouge, LA; and daughter in law Aimee Popp of O’Fallon, IL. She has nine grandchildren: Jamie Kiefer, Blake (Shea) Popp, Major Norman Popp (U.S. Air Force), Earl (Caleigh) Popp, David Popp Jr, Matt Popp, Amelia Popp, Ensign Elliott Schultz (U.S. Navy), and Cadet Ian Schultz, (U.S. Army); and six great grandchildren: Evan and Owen Kiefer, London, Sydney and Caleb Popp, and Pearl Popp.

Barbara’s memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at the First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel and also one prior to the service Thursday at the church. A private graveside service will be held at a later date, where Barbara will be interred next to her husband John, at Cape Girardeau County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully suggests memorial donations in memory of Barbara be made to the Missouri Baptist Convention, c/o Womens Missionary Union, 400 E. High St., Jefferson City, MO 64101 (mobaptist.org), or Missouri Girls Town, 8548 Jade Rd., Kingdom City, MO 65282 (missourigirlstown.org).

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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