Barbara L. Eddinger

  • Born: November 14, 1928
  • Died: October 16, 2019
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara Lou Eddinger, 90, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully at The Legacy at Northpointe Woods on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 after a day with family at her side.

Barbara was born November 14, 1928, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Glenn William Govier and Jennie (Rousch) Govier. She was a 1946 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended college at Western Michigan University. She returned home after her father died and was employed as a dental assistant for Dr. Burt Forester for several years.

Barbara married Richard Warren Eddinger (a.k.a. Speed) in 1953. Together hand in hand, side by side they built the iconic famous chain of restaurants called Speed's Koffee Shops. Over the years they expanded to include the beautiful Lakewood Inn on Goguac Lake and the cozy international bistro, Someplace Else. Many of you will remember Barbara as the lovely hostess with a smile for years at Someplace Else. Their marriage ended in divorce but they continued to own the businesses together.

Surviving are her daughter, Shanon Legg of Battle Creek; her son, Michael Alan Eddinger of Frisco, TX; six grandchildren, Matthew (Aisha Calderone) Legg, Jonathan (Jessica Rademacher) Legg, Robert (Melissa) Blanchard, Martin Blanchard, Stephen Eddinger, Peter (Amy) Eddinger; and two very special great-grandchildren, SheaLyn and Colten. Barb was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Hawk and her special friend of nearly 40 years, Paul Bizzis. She and Paul enjoyed years together traveling with their friends, playing tennis, sharing meals, cheering on the UM football team and enjoying their families.

Barbara had a passion for food, family, friends, beauty, travel, her church and volunteer work.

She was an only child and loved her group of friends who met regularly and called themselves "The One and Onlies". She kept busy with her volunteer activities and managing her lovely home on Goguac Lake where she lived for over sixty years.

She was a lifelong member of Westlake Presbyterian Church. She was a longstanding member of the Battle Creek Art Center, the Junior League of Battle Creek and the Red Hat Society. In her younger years she enjoyed skiing as a member of the Battle Creek Ski Club, playing tennis and gardening. Barbara LOVED food and cooking and was a member of a Gourmet Potluck Group, along with traveling the world on Restaurant Association trips. She loved music and never missed a performance of the Battle Creek Symphony or the Brass Band of Battle Creek. More recently she belonged to P.E.O., her "Book Club" and her bridge group. She fashioned herself as a photographer and snapped thousands of photos all over the world, at each event she attended, and every meal that she had.

Barbara will be remembered most for her love. She epitomized grace, dignity, compassion, and kindness to her dying breath. We are all grateful to have been blessed by her loving beautiful spirit. Her legacy will live on in all who knew her.

Barbara's family will receive friends 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A memorial service to celebrate Barb's life will be officiated by Rev. B. Mason Shambach 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Battle Creek Art Center, 265 E. Emmett St., Battle Creek, MI 49017 or to the Battle Creek Brass Band, P.O. Box 556, Marshall, MI 49068. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Shannon, Mike and family,
So very sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Beth (Baker) Jones - The Villages, FL   October 28, 2019

My sincere sympathy. When my older friends pass I like to think they are going to help prepare a place for me.

Posted by Mike Christman - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   October 27, 2019

So many years of fun memories that we shared will always be with me! My sincere sympathy to all of her Family, It is a sad lose.
Thank you Shannon for your kindness!
Marian Jensen Nisper

Posted by A friend   October 25, 2019

I am so happy I had the opportunity to enjoy Barbara's wonderful smile, friendship and warm hospitality. My deepest sympathy to her entire family.

Julie Tindol

Posted by Julie Tindol - MI - Friend   October 25, 2019

So, sorry for her families loss. Worked with Barb at SPE for years and it was a great education and a great time. Barb lived to share all her knowledge of business and life. Big smile and warmth is my first thought of this women. She was a lady and class act. She was the " Jackie O" of Battle Creek I would tell her. She'd laugh her heartfelt laugh and say" Oh, Angie". Just a great lady. She will be missed by so many.

Posted by Angie Sharpsteen - Battle Creek, MI   October 24, 2019

My sympathy to Barb's family on your loss. She was a lovely person, I knew her from Someplace Else and I was her insurance agent for many years. She and Paul were very special.

Posted by Nancy Hall - Niles, MI   October 24, 2019

I worked with Barb at SPE for several years and it was was always great to be around her. Barb was kind, caring and always helpful. She definitely was the true essence of a lady always. She was helpful to me outside of work with my personal endeavors and always inspiring me. She will be greatly missed! Pam

Posted by Pamela Marick - Burlington, MI - Friend   October 23, 2019

Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. Barbara became a friend when she came to me for facial services. We grew to become quite fond of each other. I recently saw Barb at the Kool Center and she was as dynamic as ever (last year). Barb was a person that no matter how long it had been since you saw her, the great smile and hug was always the same. She will be missed by many. Judie

Posted by Judie Tuttle - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   October 23, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. Will always remember her as being such a kind lady and always smiling.
Pam Marsh

Posted by Pam Marsh - Hastings, MI - Friend   October 21, 2019

We are so sorry for the loss of your mother, grandmother. . She did indeed have the most beautiful and kind smile. Always made you feel so special in her presence. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Charles and Linda Kalinosky - Savannah, GA   October 20, 2019

We are so sorry for the loss of your mother, grandmother. She did indeed have the most warm beautiful smile and always made you feel so very special. She will surely be missed, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Charles and Linda Kalinosky - Savannah, GA   October 20, 2019

Oh, Barb, I will always remember that smile, that smell of such wonderful food coming through your back door, the "sit down" newspaper column interview I wrote about you...and thinking "My, oh my, what a wonderful, vibrant woman," And the REAL delight of picking up Shanon, was our chats in the kitchen while she got ready!!! What a lady. What a life of joy, care, concern you lived, My Dear.

Jim Richmond

Posted by Jim Richmond - Richland, MI - Family Friend   October 19, 2019