Barbara C. Fellows Ward
August 12, 1933 – March 30, 2021
Barbara Charlyne Kirschke Fellows Ward, age 87, beloved of many, died Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Born August 12, 1933, daughter of John A. Kirschke and Marguerite Bryer McBride, she is predeceased by her parents and younger brother, John A. Kirschke Jr.
She is survived by an older sister, Doris Ann Kirschke Brown; five children, Sheryl Bishop (husband Ken Tobey and children Breeze O’Briant, Devin Bishop, Alayna Spurbeck and Alex Tobey), Debra Hahn (husband George and children Kristina Parks and Eric Hahn), Kathy Lowrance (husband Mike and children Blake Lowrance and Kara Cantu), Robert Fellows (wife Mary and children Virginia Fisher and Bailey Fellows) and Roy Fellows (wife Melony and children Chase Fellows, Bryce Fellows, Jared Fellows and Briana Brooks); 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and her beloved Yorkie companion, Prissy.
Barbara was well-known in the community for her zest for life. She was a skydiver, pilot, entrepreneur, landowner and educator. In addition to substitute teaching in Boerne schools, she was a tennis instructor at Fair Oaks Country Club and taught swimming to toddlers and young children for years.
She and her husband, Alvin Ward (deceased) were avid fishermen and hunters. Among her family and close friends, Barbara (aka Nani) is best remembered for her adventurous spirit. Always ready to try something new, explore the next bend, stretch her boundaries and test her limits.
She inspired her family members to travel the world, pursue careers and follow the road less traveled. She was an avid reader and instilled a love of literature and skills in story telling among many of her familial clan. Her passionate dedication to instilling strong family ties shaped three generations of descendants, their spouses and associated family members and served as a role model for many, many more.
As one of her many innovations, she initiated a week-long summer camp tradition (June 1989-June 1996) for her grandchildren that provided a critical opportunity for that generation to bond and find common ground as they shared adventures with their Nani and Opa. Her “Cousins’ Camp” tradition is being carried on for the next generation by her children and has been emulated by numerous friends of the family.
She will always be remembered as a positive force, exemplifying compassion, boundless love, honor and integrity.
A memorial service will be held on the Kirschke Ranch at Barbara’s home (128 Kirschke Ranch Road) on May 30 at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are encouraged to make a donation in her name to either of her favorite charities, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children (https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html) or The Wounded Warrior Project (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/).