Barbara Ann (Wortman) Bishop

Barbara Ann (Wortman) Bishop

December 27, 1939 – June 10, 2022

 Barbara Ann (Wortman) Bishop, age 82, passed away on June 10, 2022, surrounded by family. Barb was born on December 27, 1939, in Omaha Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ann and Earl Wortman; brother, Robert Wortman; infant son, Gavin, and infant daughter, Ann Marie, and infant Baby Bishop.

Barb graduated from Holy Name School in 1957 and was married to Daniel J Bishop through 1975. She obtained degrees in fine arts, psychology, and a master’s in social work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She worked as a social worker and taught watercolor painting at Metro Community College. She was active in Omaha art shows and proudly displayed her paintings at Lauritzen Gardens, Hospitals, La Casa and other places around Omaha. She was a talented and passionate painter, avid gardener, active in book clubs and enjoyed travelling. She was proud of the talents of all her grandchildren.

She is survived by son, Colin Bishop (Tammi); son, Kerry Bishop (Brenda); daughter, Megan Bishop; daughter, Erin Bishop-Murray (Rudy); son, Ryan Bishop (Melissa); 13 grandchildren: Connor, Brogan, Lauren (Caden), Costen, Gannon, Aidan, Moya, Rylan, Caitlin, Bevan, Grace, Drew, and Carson; brother, Gene Wortman (Linda) and sister, Rita Johnson (Tom); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

VISITATION: Thursday, June 16th from 10am to 11:30am at the West Center Chapel, followed by CELEBRATION OF LIFE at 11:30am.  To view a live broadcast of the Celebration of Life, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.



  • Katherine Smith Posted June 12, 2022 6:38 am

    Barb was very kind to me…as a young mother she gave showered me with her grace, giving me guidance and hope. She was a good listener and beautiful inside and out. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Nancy R Meyer Posted June 12, 2022 12:55 pm

    Barb was a wonderful watercolorist and I so enjoyed our St Paul art classes, where she helped all of us with our questions about painting. She was a wonderful person and Im sure a great mother and grandmother to all her family! We used to brag about our grandchildren that were so good in theater!

  • Peg O’Dea Lippert Posted June 12, 2022 8:41 pm

    Eternal rest to Barb and peace to the beloved family she leaves behind. I met Barb when she came to teach the “Over-50 Watercolor Cass” at Metro. She brought energy, enthusiasm and a deep commitment to her students, encouraging us and arranging art shows around town for us to show and sell our art–the latest and last of her students’ work is currently at the Gardens through June. I have missed Barb since her illness and, sadly, the college has not continued the classes. With fondness and blessing I wish you, adieu. Peg O’Dea Lippert

  • Joanna Lindberg Posted June 15, 2022 8:02 am

    Barb worked at Heartland Family Service doing Community Based Evaluations for youth who had been charged with a crime. The purpose was to evaluate the best course of action for these youth involved in the system. This required a home visit with the family, then coordinating psychological, and CD evaluation that were incorporated into a report in a very short timeline. .She was a true advocate for the families she visited, with a focus on their strengths. Barbara was a true professional and a great writer. She helped parents and kids cope with this difficult time in their life.

Sign Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *