The daughter of Helen (Colmer) and Cleveland Shultz, Sister Barbara Ann was born Sara Shultz Dec. 19, 1920, in Olney, Ill. She entered the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in 1942 from St. Joseph Parish in Olney, where she had attended grade school. She was received into Loretto on April 25, 1943, donning the habit and taking the name Sister Barbara Ann. She made her first vows in 1945 and her final vows in 1948. Sister Barbara Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in music theory, with minors in piano and education, from Webster College (now University) in Webster Groves, Mo., and a master’s in music education from Chicago Musical College in 1951.
Sister Barbara Ann first taught at Mary Queen of Peace School in Webster Groves in 1945 and at St. Philomena School in Denver from 1945 to 1946. She taught from 1946 to 1950 at Immaculate Conception School in Highland Park, Ill., and then moved to East Las Vegas, N.M., where she taught from 1950 to 1952 at Immaculate Conception School.
From 1952 to 1966, Sister Barbara Ann served in Sterling, Ill. She taught at St. Mary’s School from 1952 to 1956 and 1960 to 1966, during which the latter period she also served as superior of the Loretto Convent. In addition, from 1956 to 1960, she taught at Newman High School in Sterling. Sister Barbara Ann then moved to El Paso, Texas, where she taught at Loretto Academy High School from 1966 to 1974 and was a math coordinator at Loretto Academy Elementary School from 1974 to 1984.
In 1984, Sister Barbara Ann moved to Loretto Motherhouse, where she served as a gardener, driver and assisted as a postmistress for the Loretto Community. She loved to work in the gardens, especially tending the flowers. In 2005, Sister Barbara Ann moved to Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary, where she carried out a ministry of prayer and community service until her death.
Sister Barbara Ann’s body was cremated. Her ashes will be buried at Loretto Motherhouse Cemetery in Nerinx. There are no immediate survivors. She will be missed by her good friend Loretto Sister Mary Lee Murphy and all her Loretto Community members.
Memorials in Sister Barbara Ann’s name may be sent to the Loretto Community, care of the Loretto Development Office, 4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123-1308.