Barbara was born in Manhattan, Kansas and her family moved to Babson Park, Florida during her sophomore year of high school. She graduated from Lake Wales High School and then attended Business College in Tampa. She retired from Polk County Clerk of Courts and Board of County Commissioners after 34 1/2 years.
In the past, she has been a member of the Junior Women’s Club of Lakeland and has volunteered at the Polk Supervisor of Elections during several elections. She is a member of the Lake Region Audubon Society. She has been a member of the Republican Club of Lakeland for three years, serving as their Treasurer for all three of those years.
Barbara has three children and eight grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening and traveling, with Bermuda, Europe, and Israel being her favorite places she’s visited so far.