Barb Arford was born in Mt. Summit, Indiana in 1939 and was an only child. She was raised in Mt. Summit where her father worked at Brooks Foods. Later she moved a few miles away to her parent’s farm, near what is now Summit Lake Reservoir.
She attended Ball State University achieving both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education. She successfully taught Kindergarten and First grade for nearly 40 years in the New Castle, Blue River and Shenandoah school systems. After retiring in 2004, Barb was active on the boards of the Henry County Public Library and her church.
Barb has two daughters: Kathy, who lives in Chicago with her husband, Harry — and Susan, living here in Indianapolis. Barb has 1 grand-dog Zoey, and 4 grand-cats, Aasha, Baalu, Taj and Sofie.
Barb has lived out in the country in Henry County most of her life. This past winter was a little tough, so she began thinking of her next steps. As if it were meant to be, her daughter Susan talked with her sorority sister, Kristen Cherry, about the Traditions family. Barb and her daughters then had the opportunity to meet Allison and Ashlei. They made her feel right at home.
With the addition of the villas, moving to Traditions of North Willow will be exciting. Barb is looking forward to being closer to her daughter, making new friends and engaging in the many social activities here at the Villas. She is looking forward to meeting her new neighbors.