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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Barbara J. Axford

A Celebration of Life Service for Barbara J. Axford, age 72, of Windom, will be held Wednesday, November 29th at 11:00 AM at the Windom Methodist Church, with Pastor Mike McInnis officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Visitation will continue Wednesday for one hour prior to the service at the church in Windom.  Condolences and memories of Barb may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

Barbara Jean Axford was born to the late Leland and Esther (Keller) Brugman, on July 3, 1951, in Windom, Minnesota. She was baptized in August 1951 and confirmed her faith on April 11, 1965, at the Jeffers Methodist Church. Barb’s elementary school years began at Bingham Lake School and continued at Windom Public Schools, where she graduated in 1969.

On August 4, 1973, Barb was united in marriage to Floyd Charles Axford at the First United Methodist Church in Jeffers. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Jason, Brian, Amanda, and Justin. After their marriage, Floyd and Barb remained in the Windom area, where they began farming and raising livestock. Barb kept busy as a farm wife and a mother, helping in the fields, going on school field trips, and cheering on each of her children in their sports, FFA and 4-H events. She was always there for her family and was their biggest fan.

Barb was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Windom, where she volunteered for many years as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher. She served on several committees, as well as working there as a part-time custodian. Barb also enjoyed sewing, baking, working in the garden, spending time with her family, and attending activities for her children and grandchildren.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2013, Barb fought everything cancer threw at her for ten years. Barb passed away peacefully on Friday, November 24, 2023, surrounded by her family at her home in Windom.

Barb is survived by her husband of 50 years, Floyd Axford of Windom; her children, Jason (Angie) Axford of Tracy, Brian (Heidi) Axford of Spirit Lake, IA, Amanda Axford of Farmington, and Justin (Kati) Axford of Windom; twelve grandchildren, Logan (Tessa), Austin, Anthony, Carson, Carter, Jenna, Adam, Brady, Collin, Andrew, Megan and Lainey; siblings, Don Brugman of Jeffers, Pat (Brian) Hacker of Sleepy Eye, and Russ (Barb) Brugman of Spirit Lake; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Esther Brugman; parents-in-law, Charles and Emily Axford; and sisters-in-law, Cheryl Brugman and Barbara Ann Axford.

Blessed be the memory of Barbara J. Axford.

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