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Barbara Joyce (Esch) Henning

December 30, 1942 ~ May 11, 2022 (age 79)



Barbara Joyce (Esch) (Schmidt) Henning (79) peacefully departed this Earth on May 11, 2022.

Barbara was born in Milwaukee, WI and was raised by her mother Alice.  Barbara’s greatest passions in life were her three children, her horses, and her dogs, not always necessarily in that order. Barbara loved to ride her quarter-horses and often rode on them in parades.  Her most notable parade was the Circus Parade that took place in downtown Milwaukee, WI.

Barbara’s love for all things western, influenced her wardrobe, décor, entertainment and pet names.  She loved her time living in Arizona and often dreamt of returning.  Barbara moved to Landrum, SC in 2009.  She enjoyed her life “Up on the Hill” and the time it afforded her to spend with her horses and fellow horse lovers.  She attended church with her family at The Well-Landrum and formed wonderful relationships with her ladies’ bible study group.  

Barb’s family will miss her beautiful brown eyes, joyful smile, flirtatious attitude, jovial laugh, willingness to listen, comforting shoulder, and passionate love of horses that provided her with many fond memories.  Though Barbara’s health began to fail and her memories wained, her condition resulted in a beautiful reunion of her children.   Her love for her family will be missed and she will be forever remembered in our hearts.   We are ever so grateful that our Heavenly Father called Barbara home in a peaceful and loving manner. 

Barbara is preceeded in death by her mother Alice (Pagel) (Esch) Paige, father Paul Andrew Esch, brother Charles (Chuck) Paige and three infant children.

Barbara is survived by her sons Walter (Cody) Schmidt, Paul Schmidt and wife Denise, daughter Becky Schultz and husband George; granddaughters April, Kristin, and Cheyenne, three step-grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons.  

A life celebration will be held at The Well on Saturday May 14, 2022 at 1:00 PM.  The church is located at 395 W Rutherford St, Landrum SC 29356. 

The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations in honor of Barbara be made to the South Carolina Chapter for the Alzheimer’s Association at

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