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Barbara Jeanne MANN-BUCHANAN Obituary

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MANN-BUCHANAN, Barbara Jeanne passed away on August 19, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends as colorful, vivacious character with a generous and sensitive soul. Barbara was born on November 17, 1937 in Durham, N.C. At the age of six, her family relocated to Xenia, Ohio which was her hometown for much of her early life. She was married to Chester E. Buchanan, with whom she settled happily in Dayton until his passing in 1996. Barbara's career as executive secretary spanned five decades at several area employers, including the U.S. Air Force, Central State University, and the City of Dayton. Her greatest passions in life however were her three children and her love of writing. Her dedication to her family yielded their high academic achievements, including her daughters' degrees from Old Dominion University and Ohio State, and her son's from MIT. A natural-born storyteller and avid reader of fiction, her ambition and strong imagination inspired her to write multiple novels and short stories. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Buchanan; Robert A. Mann, Sr. (father), Melva Stills (mother) and Robert A. Mann, Jr. (brother). Her surviving family includes Melva Newsom (sister) of Wilberforce, Oh., daughters Michelle Shipp of Reston, Va., and Leisa Mitchell of Olympia, Wa., son Cheston D. Buchanan of Oakland, Calif., grandsons Anthony Shipp and Alexander Shipp of Va., nieces Treva Offutt and Nicole Newsom-Shope of Oh., nephews Brian Offutt of NY, Michael Newsom of Oh., and Christopher Newsom of Ky., Teacola Offutt (sister-in-law), Anthony Shipp (son-in-law), and Nancy Buchanan (daughter-in-law).

Published in Dayton Daily News on Aug. 22, 2013
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