WERNER, BARBARA BURNS - 88, of Springfield Tennessee, and Knoxville, Tennessee, died on November 13, 2013. Barbara was the widow of John B. Werner, Jr.; and mother of the late Thomas B. Young. She moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, in November 2011 from Springfield, Tennessee, where she and her family lived for over 40 years. Prior to the years spent raising her family and serving as a Cub Scout den mother, she was an accomplished microbiologist and biochemist. Professionally, she served the local Springfield medical community for many years and taught students at the Medical College of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. Barbara also worked directly with Dr. Albert Sabin in developing the attenuated oral vaccine for the Polio virus. As a breast cancer survivor, she was an active volunteer of the Relay for Life, an avid fan of cross-word puzzles and a dedicated member of Daughters of the King of the Episcopal Church. Barbara is survived by her sister, Margaret Ann Sisk of Leitchfield, Kentucky; brother, Thomas "Fred" Mosley of Brownstown Township, Michigan; and sons, John J. Werner II of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Andrew B. Werner of Miami Beach, Florida; as well as many nieces, nephews and, grandchildren. Funeral services will be at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, November 16th, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Daughters of the King or the American Cancer Society.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Nov. 16, 2013