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I'll admit, I don't remember Barbara, but want to send my condolences to all of you and especially Leslie who I grew up with. I still remember your house and spending nights there, what fun! You have been in my thoughts. Lori
Barb was and will remain a wonderful big sister. She had a big spirit (still does), an inquisitive mind, memory like a steel trap, humor to share, intelligence, love and loyalty for her family and friends, and abiding grace. She was a seeker, and she found inner peace and calm in her spiritual journeys.
Barb fought a tough fight with a cancer that, as a nurse, she knew would win. She never complained throughout any of it.
The world needs more people like Barb. She will be missed but never forgotten.
Love to you Barb...Doug
Barbara has always been a loving constant in our our lives....a phone call away for reassurance, or a new recipe. Her joy was contagious and even in these recent, difficult years of illness she continued to reflect her humor, gratitude and peace; a gift to all of us lucky enough to be near her. Days before her passing she asked to be taken outside to see the Milky Way, one last time, still so in love with life.
Though our missing begins now, the deep love we’ve always had for Barb continues.
“PIPPIN: I didn't think it would end this way.
GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.
PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?
GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.
PIPPIN: Well, that isn't so bad.
GANDALF: No. No, it isn't.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
She sent me this in November 2018 and told me she wanted it read. Its a beautiful image and makes dying just a bit easier if you can imagine that Gadalf promises you a far green country and white sand beach. We went to the beach and spent the day after her initial chemo. that was where she wanted to go. And we cruised the sound with her in a sailboat a friend had arranged. We talked about going to the woman's spa or to the baths in Carson hot Springs.
in some ways, the disease transformed her and while she wasn't cured in the traditional sense, she softened and became more loving and tender. I think the greatest gift she gave me was her placing her trust in me when she hardly knew me. That has transformed me. This hilarious, studious, talented woman. I really can't imagine life without her in it. New BBC series, information about Merlin. movies she loved and wanted to share. Books she suggested. Her queenliness. And her desire to pass on what she knew to be true. Barbara, i will miss you and am glad you saw something in me that made us friends.
Without you, planet earth is off balance. There is a decided lack of rutavian, and the gerzontlefanger has dimmed.
We always knew you as smart, sweet & funny, kind & generous. Then, cancer came and you revealed a quiet steady courage. In December, I cried on your shoulder, when you should have cried on mine. Who knew that our wisecracking owl goddess free spirit had such strength within her? Barbie you are awesome.
This past week without you, I have thought of your creativity--- not just with artwork, cooking, stitchery, gardening, and your happy home--- but of your original & imaginative mind. Barbie, your book collection displays your far-flung interests. There isn't a corner of the globe, or universe, that you did not visit.
Several of your books have titles like, "Thoughts on Life, Death & Religion Throughout the Entire History of Mankind." I go to sleep just looking at the covers. But you read it all, and even knew what it meant.
Barbie, you were so wonderfully impractical in some ways. While I cautioned you to take care of business, and watch the details--- you steadfastly ignored me, smiled, and happily bought another amazing hat. Turns out, you were right. What do the details matter now? (For confirmation of that, your hats are highly coveted.)
From now on, when I am in a tough spot, I will ask, "How would Barbie behave?" And I will try to be like you--- my beautiful blue-eyed green-eyed girl.
I love you forever, Laur
I loved sharing classes with you at Art 'n Soul because of your artistic talents and your beautiful personality that you shared with everyone. Blessings to you.
RIP dear lady. My life was richer, having worked with you.
My Dear Barbie,
My how I will miss you. My sweet and loving sister. The most kind and gentle soul you could ever know. A person that cared about others more than herself. A nurse by trade but a healer by heart and mind..
Barbie's other real colors began to show after her diagnosis. Strength, Dignity, Courage, Bravery, Honor and so much more.These things I saw emerging in light of a terrible situation. A beacon shining in the face of reality. Qualities of the highest order in the lowest of times for her.
Not one time did I hear you complain or ask why.
Gracious, loving, calm and compassionate to the core. Projecting nothing but peace and love. Thankful for all she had and not a shred bitterness for things she lacked. A truly exceptional example of how anyone's life should be lived.
I think I may have underestimated you all this time. You have proven to be so much more than you showed. More than I ever imagined. In retrospect your calm and passive nature proved to be just the surface of all the beautiful qualities that you possess. Qualities I can only wish I could immulate..
For this my big sister, you are and always will be my hero.. My beacon in times of need.. My strength, my dignity, my courage, my bravery, and I will live my life in your honor. In my heart you shall live forever and ever.. I love you, Barbie..
Live long and prosper in your new world..
Your little brother.. D