In Memory

Barbara Binkley (Bushman)

Barbara Binkley Bushman

September 12, 1944 – December 17, 2018

Barbara S. Bushman (nee Binkley), age 74 years of Cincinnati, died December 17, 2018, beloved wife of Jim Bushman, devoted mother of Ross (Stacy) and Lee (Alison) Bushman, and loving grandmother of Amy, Emma, Cooper, Carson and Addyson Bushman. Barbara was an extremely valuable member of the Cincinnati charitable community, impacting those in need in dynamic ways. Serving a variety of over a dozen organizations over her career such as CET Connect (WCET), Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, The Christ Hospital Foundation, Childrens Hospital, School PTAs and Bake Me Home just to name a few. A driving force in both leadership and fundraising, Barbara may be most remembered by many in the community for her work ethic. A roll up your sleeve attitude, no task or assignment was too big or small. If she saw something that needed to be done, she just did it no questions asked. Giving of her time and energy, Barbara exemplified the true spirit of what a volunteer should be, even earning one of her highest honors in 2013, being selected as one of the Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the Year. Her peers described her as a poster child for leadership. A private burial was held on December 21st. 

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church 6474 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati 45230 on January 11th, at 1 pm. A reception and receiving line will be held at Coldstream Country Club 400 Asbury Rd., Cincinnati 45255 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, following the service. 

Barbara's family requests donations to either of the following charities:

CET, Attn: Barbara Bushman Legacy Fund, 1223 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214


Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, c/o Lyndsay Coleman, 4046 Hamilton Ave, Ste 200, Cincinnati, OH 45223, T P WHITE & SONS Funeral Home serving the family. 



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12/18/18 11:04 AM #1    

Marcella Strobel (Kelly)

So sorry to hear of Barb's passing, glad I was able to visit with her at the 50th reunion.  God's speed Barb may you rest in peace.

Mardy (Strobel) Kelly

12/18/18 11:39 AM #2    

Marsha Goldsmith (Zahler)

Barb and Jim were true soulmates. Now, they are together, forever. My condolences to her family and friends.


12/18/18 01:04 PM #3    

Arleen Tessel (Webman)

My condolences to her family.


12/19/18 09:17 AM #4    

Gil Schulze

I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Barb's passing just so soon after saying goodbye to her loving husband, Jim. They were inseperable in life and now once again reunited forever. When I think of Barb I always remember a smiling face and bubbling personality that will only make heaven a happier place.   Gil Schulze  

12/20/18 08:11 AM #5    

Roberta (Bobbie) Johnson (Rizzo)

I was so sorry to hear we have lost another classmate!  May Barb rest in peace .

12/21/18 12:44 PM #6    

Janet Fritzsch (Wingard)

Another light in our world is gone.  She will shine with Jim in heaven. My condolences to the Bushman/Binkley family.

Jan Wingard


12/21/18 10:31 PM #7    

Judith Ach (Miniea)

My deepest sympathy to Barb Binkley Buahman’s family!  May Barb and Jim be united in eternal peace.  I am glad to have gotten to see her at our reunions, the last being 55th.

12/22/18 10:47 AM #8    

Jo Ann Franks (Schweitzer)

We have lost our very own Barbie.

She made us all proud by giving selflessly.

A true SHE Bulldog In Cincy.

Rest In Peace with your JIM.

Jo Ann Franks Schweitzer 

01/01/19 02:45 PM #9    

Bob Jacobs

This has been the most difficult of the deaths that I have had to comment on.  First Jim, who was one of my best friends through high school and college and now Barb.  Barb was the first girl that I dated at Woodward and I think that brings back a flood of memories even though many years ago.  I was in Barb and Jims wedding and Jim in mine. We stayed in touch although drifted apart as our families grew and our carrer paths changed , but reunited around our 40th high school reunion.  We saw them both many time over the next 15 or so years.  

Barb was the ultimate "community organizer" being involved in many charities.  She was heavily involved in all of our class reunions and her organizing skills were put to the test with our group of fellow alumni.  having her knowledge was immeasurable in planning the reunions and events that we had.  When establishing the class web site Barb had a great list of people that had been used for previous reunions and that was the basis for populating the web site.  I asked her to help me with managing the site and she readily agreed.

Barb told me that the 50th reunion was the last she wanted to work on and as a group we tried to honor that request.  Then the 55th rolled around, Jim was in full time care at that time and then Carol Meier died prior to the reunion.  Carol was the primary planner for that reunion and the committee had to muddle on without her.  I once again turned to Barbara for assitance and she readily agreed to help us. That was just the kind of person that she was.  

I am going to miss her smile and quick wit, but most of all I will miss her friendship. She has left us to be with her husband. friend and companion and we miss them both.

May God be with you both.

01/01/19 03:37 PM #10    

Miriam Translateur (Omer)

On one occasion I was in town prior to one of our reunions.  We had a "working meeting" at Barb's & Jim's house.  I will always remember how welcome she made me feel.  She was always so warm and accepting.  This is a huge loss.  May she rest in peace and I send condolences to the families.

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