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Barbara Eitemiller, beloved mother, teacher and grandmother age 86 of Chadron, Nebraska passed away on April 21,2023. Born to the late Alfred and lda(Wallingford) Riggs on June 17th, 1936 in Evansville Indiana.
She grew up in a hard working farming family and community, her love of animals was evident throughout her life. Barb attended High School in Bowling Green Kentucky and Martin, South Dakota, and graduated at 16 years old. Barb had a passion for education from a young age, she pursued her dream by attending the University of Western Kentucky, continued at South Dakota State, and concluded at Chadron State College with her teaching degree in secondary education. Barb began her teaching career in Crawford,where she quickly gained a reputation as a great teacher who was loved by her students.
During that time on a blind date she met her future husband Norman Eitemiller, They married on October 5th, 1957. Norm and Barb welcomed their daughter Norma Lou born on April 7th 1958, in Lincoln Nebraska. The Eitemiller family then moved to Tulsa Oklahoma where Norman finished his degree in petroleum marketing. In 1961
they moved back to Chadron. On August 20th of 1962 her son Todd Eitemiller was born. Barb continued to teach for 30 plus years retiring in 1996, touching the lives of many more students along the way. Her dedication to education and love for her students was
evident in everything that she did.
Outside of teaching career, Barb was a devoted mother and grandmother; she loved music, (singing, playing piano, ukulele), she was active in Jaycees, loved to go four wheeling in the Black Hills and spending time at Angostura Lake with her friends.
Barb will be remembered as a loving mother, a wonderful grandmother and a great teacher. She touched the lives of so many and her memory will live on through the countless lives she impacted.
Preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Ida Riggs, her brother Ronald Riggs and her husband Norman Eitemiller.
Survived by daughter Norma Lou Eitemiller, Greeley CO and her children Morgan
and Peyton. Her son Todd and his wife Vicki Eitemiller, Chadron, his children Brittany (Grant) her husband Alex and their children Julian, Dominic and Jaylen of Rapid City, SD. Megan Eitemiller Chadron, Ashlyn (Smith) , her husband Logan. Shawn Eitemiller Rapid City, SD, Marshall (Bubby) Eitemiller Chadron NE.
Friday, May 19, 2023
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