Barbara Boozer gets key to city


She was stunned.

When Barbara Boozer was escorted last week into the narthex at Granbury First United Methodist Church by her husband John, she was at a loss for words.

Yes, Barbara Boozer was speechless when she saw some 30 conspirators who had been hiding the secret. Puzzled, she smiled and quietly asked, “What is going on?”

For all she has done in Granbury and Hood County, Barbara was given a key to the city by Mayor Nin Hulett and congressional recognition by Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Midland) in a surprise reception at Granbury Methodist.

Barbara hails from one of the pioneer families of Hood County. The Cash, Raney and Carmichael families arrived here in the mid-1800s and settled on 200 acres off Gee Road in the Acton area where they were farmers. That’s where Barbara was raised and has a cabin there that she and her husband built together.

The original cabin built in the mid-1800s is still on the property, and it’s believed to be the oldest habitable log cabin in Texas today. Barbara is working to secure a historical marker for the farm.

Barbara has been doing volunteer work for over 40 years in many organizations. Some of her contributions include:

Assisted with the Civil War re-enactments for many years.

Opera House Executive Board.

Judge coordinator for 30 years with General Granbury’s Birthday/Cook-off Celebration.

Granbury Woman’s Club member for 37 years. Instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for the charities and scholarships the club sponsors.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for the city.

Municipal Utilities Advisory Board.

Involved with Candlelight Tour of Homes for 27 of 30 years.

Instrumental in beginning the Enchanted Forest at Christmas that was held in the library.

She got the lights outlining the buildings on the square that are used to light the square at night – and actually did some of them herself.

Elections judge for 20 years.

Hosts a community stew party at the farm around Halloween every year.

Hosts parties for the Masons/Shriners at the farm every year.

Works once a month at the food bank.

Assists with festivals and parades including Harvest Moon Festival, the 4th of July parade and the Christmas parade.

Hosted bass tournaments.

Volunteered for Mission Granbury and Ada Carey Center.

Coordinator of entertainment for First United Methodist Church.

Has been a Lady Shriner for 20 years and collects money in May for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

United Way Volunteer, serving on executive board for several years.

She and two other friends organized the Granbury Art Association, which is now in the Shanley House.

Barbara worked for United Cooperative Services for many years and retired in 1997. She then worked as the executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Barbara has been married to her high school sweetheart for 57 years. They have three sons, five grandsons, one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters. She had one sister that passed away two years ago.

Barbara is a member of the Granbury First United Methodist Church. Her hobbies include painting, gardening and traveling.