Barbara Louise Hovagian passed away peacefully September 28, 2013 after a long fought battle with breast cancer. Her son, Roy; daughter-in-law, Susan and grandsons, Scott, Skylar and Chandler Lawson survive her. Barbara was born in Los Angeles, California to Paul Francis Devine and Irene Elizabeth Dawson Devine on April 17, 1932. The family made their home in Glendale and she graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 1949. Barbara moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona where she received her teaching degree in 1954 and was a lifetime member of Pi Beta Phi. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in Education in 1966. Barbara had a distinguished career as a fifth grade school teacher in the Sunnyside School District for more than 33 years. Barbara was also a devoted wife and caregiver. She spent most of her life as a married woman. She wed Edmund Voss in 1954, Roy Romero in 1963, and Albert Hovagian in 1982. All three of her husbands preceded her. Barb had many passions in her life; She was fiercely proud of her Irish heritage and was famous for her St. Patrick's Day parties. One of her favorite songs on the piano was "Irish Washer Woman". She was an avid Wildcat fan and watched many of their sporting events. Barb would eat Mexican food seven days a week, if given the opportunity. She loved to travel by land or air, but especially enjoyed cruises. Barb was often known to "sip" a glass of Chardonnay from time to time. She was an ardent animal lover and had a special place in heart for her cats. She was a true devotee of television and theater, but anyone who knew her, knows her true calling was sewing. Barb was a proud member of the Tucson Chapter of the American Sewing Guild for 20 years and in some sewing circles she was known as the "Jacket Lady." Barbara was dedicated to her faith and belonged to St. Odilia's Catholic Church for many years, singing in the choir and more recently she served for the Chapel at the Fountains. A true testimony to Barbara's character is the amazing circle of friends she had garnered over the years. Through her unwavering loyalty and friendship she had a way of enriching all of those around her. Barb will always be remembered for her independent spirit, colorful wardrobe, and especially her keen sense of humor. There will be no funeral services per her request. However, Barb's life will be joyously celebrated with a "Happy Party" for her loving friends and family. (For more information please see: www.barbsbash2013.com)
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 6, 2013