Barbara Ozment Teague was born February 5th,1938 about a mile from a crossroads in Lincoln County, AR. Yes, She and her older brother walked the mile to catch the school bus, and then a mile to get home. She was the oldest daughter of Alfred and Margaret Holloway Ozment. Barbara had two siblings. An older brother, Bill Ozment and a younger sister, Nancy Ozment Stevens. Barbara was a mother, teacher, artist, an athlete, and a pilot. She flew her own plane. She also, crashed the damn thing. She has paintings in The Rockefeller Collection. She played basketball and shot with either hand when most players shot with one, and she loved softball in the summer.
Barbara received her BA with honors from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and she worked all four years in the cafeteria. She was a server and she could handle the football players coming through the line. They could be pretty rough and make the freshman female servers cry. She received her Masters from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and her PhD from North Texas State at Denton, TX. She attended Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Baylor University at Waco, TX and American University in Paris, France. She did educational work in Russia for two summers.
Barbara taught many years in Middle School at Warren, Morrilton, and Dardanelle. She taught GED courses at the Army Educational Center at Ft. Carson Co when Waymond was stationed there. Later, she was Professor of Fine Arts at University of Arkansas at Monticello. After retirement she was an adjutant Professor at Henderson State University, University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas Tech. She was twice chosen Teacher of the Year in the Morrilton school system. She was chosen Arkansas Art Educatorís Educator of the Year twice, and the Art Educatorís Retired Educator of the Year twice. She was a founding member of the Art Educatorís Presidential Foundation and Charter President. She served 3 terms as President. She served two terms as President of Arkansas Art Educators, and was given the Marion Dix National Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership.
The Arkansas Art Educatorís Leadership Award is named the Barbara Teague Art Educatorís Presidential Leadership Award. It is given annually to an art educator for outstanding leadership in art education. She was in charge of the t-shirt design contest and she manned the t-shirt sales table at the state convention of the AAE.
Barbara said one of her proudest moments was when she was chosen Halloween Queen in the first grade. The teacher told her she would need a nice dress so Momma borrowed one from a neighbor.
Barbara and Waymond met in the 7th grade. She didnít like him, but he fixed that. Sixty years ago she said ďyes.Ē They finished junior high, high school and college together. Being older ( by 39 days), she finished college before he did, so she worked and paid for his last couple of years. Of course, there were other reasons why she got so far ahead of Waymond-there are too numerous to mention.
She is survived by her husband, Waymond Teague, a son, Daniel Teague and his spouse, four grandchildren and one great grandson.
A private interment will be held at graveside for the family.