Barbara L. Tayoun, 69, of Laflin died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Hospice Community Care.
The Guest Book is expired.
Born March 31, 1944, in Wilkes-Barre and raised in Kingston, she was a daughter of the late Barber J. and Margaret Rose Thomas Tayoun.
An honors graduate of West Side Central Catholic High School, Barbara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilkes University and Master of Science degree from the University of Scranton. She subsequently earned accreditation in sign language from Luzerne County Community College.
Before retiring, Barbara was an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.
Barbara was a member of the Parish of St. Maria Goretti, Laflin. She had been deeply involved in the fundraising efforts of the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for many years.
She will be greatly missed by her aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends and her four Shetland Sheepdogs, Joshua, Jude, Luke and T.J., to which she was entirely devoted.
A celebration of Barbara's life will be held Friday, with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Maria Goretti, Laflin Road, Laflin, concelebrated by Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon and the Rev. James J. Paisley. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; the Parish of St. Maria Goretti, 42 Redwood Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-7265; or the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-6911.
McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service is assisting Barbara's family with arrangements.
Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Barbara's family at www.celebrateherlife.com.
McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 24, 2013