Barbara Elaine Nobles Wilkinson passed away on July 22, 2008, at her home in Uvalde at the age of 61. She was born November 3, 1946, in Brady, Texas, the first child of Clinton and Jessie Nobles of Camp Air. She grew up at Camp Air and attended Mason schools. Barbara graduated with the Mason High School Class of 1965 prior to attending and earning her bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University and later her master’s degree from Sul Ross University. On September 20, 1969, Barbara married her devoted husband, Duane Wilkinson of Menard. They were blessed with two sons, Jason Duane Wilkinson and Tyson Neal Wilkinson and with four grandchildren: MaKayla Wilkinson, Landon Atkinson, Braeden Wilkinson and Aden Sinclair.
After 36 years of teaching, Barbara retired in 2006. During her teaching career she trained 30 student teachers, served as the grade level chairperson, and developed curriculum. A former Delta Kappa Gamma member, Barbara served on many committees and projects.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband husband, Duane Wilkinson, of Uvalde, and two sons: Jason Wilkinson of Castroville and Tyson Wilkinson of San Antonio and four grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Jessie Nobles of Camp Air, two sisters: Gay Nesloney and husband Bert of Mason and Rita Sutton and husband Scott of Camp Air and one brother-in-law, Don Wilkinson of Menard. She was preceded in death by her father, Clinton Nobles and by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Nealie and Dorothy Wilkinson of Menard.
Funeral services for Barbara Wilkinson were held Friday, July 25, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Mason Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Bethel Cemetery at Camp Air, Texas. Visitation with the family was held on Thursday, July 24, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. Pallbearers included B.H. Nobles, Nickie Nobles, Bert Nesloney, Scott Sutton, Trey Nesloney, Wes Sutton, Sonny Holt and Jeff Grote. Honorary pallbearers include Barbara’s former students whom she always remembered by keeping scrapbooks for every year she taught. Barbara kept students’ notes, pictures and drawings. Until her death, she continued to keep up with her former students. The family requests memorials to be made to The Uvalde Public Library, Peter’s Prairie Schoolhouse or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at www.masonfuneralhome.net. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.