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N. Barbara (Brent) Surprenant

Born: Thu., Oct. 30, 1930
Died: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018


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     Nancy Barbara Surprenant, 88, of Camden, NY passed away Friday December 14, 2018 at her home. She was born October 30, 1930 in Oklahoma City, OK a daughter of Charles Louis Brent and Cepha Beryl Intolubbe. “Barbara” as she was called, even by her mother, graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas City Art Institute, where she met her first husband Donald Krueger. Barbara and Donald were married in New Orleans and boarded a boat to Ecuador where they spent a year teaching English and being translators for local tour buses.

     After their adventures, the two would eventually settle in Providence, Rhode Island where Don taught at Rhode Island School of Design and Barbara taught art at Lincoln School, a private girls’ school. Barbara eventually became Head of the Arts Department and retired in 1993 after 30 plus years teaching at Lincoln. Barbara and Donald had one daughter, Alix Krueger, who attended Lincoln School from nursery school through 12th grade, even taking classes from her mother. After retirement Barbara moved to Syracuse to be closer to Alix who currently has a farm in Camden.
Even though they had been divorced for many years, Barbara and Don remained friends and became dinner companions after Don moved from Seattle to Cazenovia. Barbara was predeceased by Don who passed away in 2014 and also her second husband, Bertrand Surprenant who passed away in 1982.

     Barbara’s grandfather, Cepha’s father, was a full blood Choctaw Indian and Cepha was an original enrollee in the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma. Barbara was very proud of her Choctaw heritage and made a special trip to Oklahoma visiting her childhood haunts as well as the headquarters of the Choctaw Nation, also on Alix’s bucket list.

     Barbara is survived by one daughter, Alix Krueger and Rob Spoon, Camden, NY. A teacher and artist herself, Barbara touched the lives of many, encouraging and supporting young dreams and talent. As one of Alix's classmates, Jill Ramsden wrote: "what a wonderful, special lady she was. All my years of art at Lincoln School were so memorable because of her dedication and passion to her skill and us kids." Barbara continues to educate even in death, having donated her body to SUNY Upstate Medical University. There will be no calling hours or services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., 109 Main Street, Camden, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to a Humane Society or Animal Shelter of one’s choice in lieu of flowers.

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Priscilla Boudreau
   Posted Wed December 19, 2018
Our prayers are with you and know we love you!! Bub and Pris Boudreau!~!

Judy Swan
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
Dear Alex, I admired your mother so much. She had a wonderful way with her students, who found themselves “hanging out” in the Art Dept during free periods working on their projects and absorbing your mother’s kindness and encouragement. Always a strong voice at faculty meetings and a good friend to her colleagues. Judy Swan

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