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Barbara Gene Teague, 1942-2017

Barbara Gene Teague, 75, passed away on Oct. 23, 2017, in Tehachapi. She was born May 3, 1942, to Robert William and Genevieve Bullock in Inglewood, but soon moved with her family to the San Joaquin Valley, where her father was a civilian flight instructor during World War II.

She attended the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, received her Bachelor of Arts at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and her Master’s in Education at Wichita State in Wichita, Kan. She later received a Master’s in Administration at Cal State Bakersfield. She married and throughout her life continued to remain friends with her former husbands, Michael Jensen, Cecil Cope and James Teague.

Barbara was an exceptionally professional teacher in the English Department at Tehachapi High School. Her dedication to her subject was only surpassed by her dedication to her students. She took great pleasure in teaching American literature to her grade eleven honors classes. Those students were solid in their writing skills, their critical reading, as well as oral work.

Mrs. Teague was a master teacher in every aspect of her work. Above all, she endeavored to keep abreast of teaching methods and worked diligently on honing a system of class lecture with critical thinking discussions that allowed her students to thrive in mastering the art of literature and English composition.

Later, Barbara Teague's addition to the faculty of Monroe High School was a special gift. Her kind, sensitive, and truly caring manner touched many students’ lives, and she brought the same professionalism and dedication to these students as she had her academic classes at THS, more than once finding a rough diamond of a kid who blossomed under her guidance.

After her retirement, Barbara continued to live in Tehachapi, where she designed many lovely quilts, brought to life her genealogical research with her vivid storytelling, and spent tranquil hours in her garden full of roses, iris, peonies and daffodils. But she was especially devoted to her beautiful dogs.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Partridge; and son, Matthew Jensen; her sisters, Melinda Squibb and Jennifer Carver; her eight grandchildren; five nieces and nephews; three great-grandchildren; and her dog, Mac. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Bruce Bullock.

Many of her students have reached out to say Mrs. Teague was an important person in their young lives. Barbara will be greatly missed by her students, her many friends, and her family.

At her request, no service will be held. Wood Family Funeral Service was entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

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