Barbara Ann Heusman

Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 3, 2008 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice, NE.

Barbara Ann Heusman, 47 years of age, of Beatrice, NE. passed away unexpectedly at her home Sunday morning, December 30, 2007. She was born on May 6, 1960 in Orange County, CA. to Paul and Patricia (Baily) Merritt. She moved to Beatrice from California in 1975, was a 1978 graduate of Beatrice High School, and received an Associates Degree from Southeast Community College in Beatrice, NE. in 2002. She enjoyed painting, drawing, writing, cooking, traveling, flowers and working on the computer. She collected Native American Art, angels and bears. She especially loved her children and grandchildren, and was a big Nebraska Football fan.

Survivors include her fianc William H. Rodabaugh; father Paul Merritt of Vista, CA.; son Benny H. Heusman and wife Jamie of Beatrice; 2 daughters, Starlene B. Heusman and special friend Randall Pohlman of Blue Springs, NE. and Cassandra Parde of Beatrice; 3 grandchildren, Alyssa Heusman, Emily Bever, and Jasmine Heusman; 4 brothers Paul Merritt of Seymour, MO., John Creek and wife Mellissa of Wymore, NE., Terry Creek, and James Merritt, both of Beatrice; and sister Cora Wotzke of Blue Springs. She was preceded in death by her mother Patricia Creek; and 2 brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 3, 2008 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice. Interment will be in the Wymore Cemetery, Wymore, NE. The body will lie in state Wednesday from 10-9:00 and on Thursday until the time of the service at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel. A memorial has been established to the family with the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in charge. Messages of condolence may be sent to They will be forwarded to the family.

The Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice is in charge of the services.