Barbara Ann McDuffy, affectionately called, "Chub," was born July 14, 1949, in Sanford, Fla., to the late Alfred Hill and Mary Alice Tumer Jackson. She passed away Sept. 26, 2012. She was the oldest of Mary's three children.
During her life, the Lord saw fit to bless her with two other loving and devoted fathers, the late William H. Shorter and the late James H. Jackson.
She was educated through the Orange County School system where she attended and completed Holden Street Elementary, Carver Junior High and Jones High School. She received a degree in elementary education from Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn. It was there that she met and married Michael F. McDuffy.
She followed her husband to various states and countries as a military wife. Their last endeavor was in Fairbanks, where she lived for the past 38 years. Since she was so far away from her mom, she would come home to Orlando twice a year - for the summer and for Christmas. When she came, she always had some new game or recipe she wanted to share.
Barbara became a mother a little later than most - about 23 years ago to be exact. She became the proud and loving mother to Michael "Bub," and a couple of years later to Ana K. According to her children, "they didn't always get what they wanted, but they always had what they needed."
Barbara taught for a short time in the Orange County Public School system, and for two years in Greece. The majority of her teaching career was in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District's Hunter Elementary School from which she retired. Even though she retired in the mid-1990s, she could not completely give up her love for teaching. She was a substitute teacher from 1995 to 2012.
She had such a love for music. As a teenager she performed with "Up with People," a global education organization that aims to bring the world together through service and music. She sang with various other choirs and she gave piano lessons.
Barbara also enjoyed reading, "test" cooking, playing various card games, playing the piano, and crocheting and knitting. She was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship (CWF) in Alaska.
Barbara's Christian journey started at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Orlando, Fla., under the leadership of Pastor Daniel R. Burow, and ended at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairbanks, under the leadership of Pastor Joseph Bumgarten. She played the piano on Sundays for St. James A.M.E. Zion Temple. One of her favorite scriptures was "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6.
She was preceded in death by her fathers, Alfred Hill, William H. Shorter, and James Jackson.
She leaves to cherish her memories, mother, Mary T. Jackson, of Orlando; son, Michael D. McDuffy, of Fairbanks; daughter, Ana K. McDuffy, of Fairbanks; sisters, Marilyn Wilder and Elizabeth "Big Sister" Turner, both of Orlando, and Shelia (Walter) Jackson, of Oviedo, Fla.; brothers, William H. (Ok Hui "Rok") Shorter, Jr., of Orlando; Frederick Hill, of Orlando and Timothy Hill, of Oviedo, Fla.; uncles, Otis (Rendy) Tumer, of Odando, Fla., D. Chester and Arthur W. (Daisy) "Wimp" Kennedy, of Fort Lauderdale and John "JB" Bell, of Fort Lauderdale; aunts, Lillie Hughes, of Akron, Ohio, Fredia (Willie) Jerelds, of Orlando, Allamese (Carlo) Blake, of Orlando; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.
A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church.