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Stanley, Barbara Ann Bruce
Barbara Ann Bruce Stanley was born in Red Oak, IA on April 17, 1951. She died November 26, 2015 in Mesa, AZ. She was the second child of Janice Elaine Mullen Bruce Mascher and Michael Paul Bruce. Barb graduated from Red Oak High School in 1969 and the American Academy of Beauty in May, 1970. She was married to William Edward Stanley from November of 1971 to June of 2014. Barb was a hairdresser in Red Oak for 17 years and owned and operated Barb's Beauty Salon for 12 years. In 1987, she and her family moved to Mesa, AZ. In July of 2000, she graduated from Ottawa University in Phoenix, AZ with a bachelor's degree in human services. She graduated from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN in 2004 with a master's degree in pastoral ministry. She was involved in church work for many years serving as Coordinator of Parish Youth Ministry for St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Parish from 1988 to 1996 and also for the Church of the Resurrection from 1996 to 2000. She served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix as the Assistant Director in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry from 2000 to 2003. In May of 2013, she retired from Notre Dame Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale, AZ where she served as theology department chair and classroom teacher for ten years. Her father and mother preceded her in death. She leaves behind devoted daughters and sons-in-law Christina and Michael Sweador and Rachelle and Cameron Kittle, a granddaughter Mia Sweador, a sister Luada Lewis, a brother Charles Bruce and a multitude of other family and cherished friends. Contributions may be made in her name to any organization that researches / treats leukemia such as City of Hope or to the clinical trials of drugs prescribed to treat leukemia such as Gleevec, Tasigna or Sprycel. A memorial service to celebrate Barb's life will take place on January 23, 2016, at 10 am at St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Parish in Mesa, AZ.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 17, 2016
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