Nina Ling Barr was born to the late Edward John and Florence May Oakins Ling in Watford, Hertsfordshire County, England, on Nov. 15, 1920. She attended local schools before joining the fight against Germany providing service to her country in communications services during the Battle of Britain and throughout World War II. She remained employed in England after the war before moving to the United States in 1947. She married the late Paul Edward Barr in that same year and accompanied him through his studies in architectural school at Auburn until his graduation. While at Auburn, she gained a passion that remained lifelong for Auburn athletics while she was employed as administrative assistant to Athletic Director Jeff Beard.
Nina spent most of her life in Florence, having moved there in 1954, where her late husband established the architecture firm Barr & Tune Associates. She was active in the community in many ways since that time. With her church, Trinity Episcopal, she served in many capacities from Sunday school teacher to president of the Episcopal Church Women, and enjoyed among her favorite memories, a period about which she was regularly outspoken, those during the tenure of the most revered Rev. Edward G. Mullen. From being a regular volunteer with the Salvation Army to many years as a board member of the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, those and many other charitable and civic groups benefitted from years of service from Nina. She was also active socially for more than 50 years with several ladies groups among them, The Firenze Club, Valley Garden Club, Bridge Clubs, and until recent years, with the ladies golf and tennis groups at Turtle Point.
Nina was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul, and is survived by brother, Gerry Ling, Watford; children, Claudia Barr Parks (Charles), of Louisville, Ky., John Jeffrey Barr (Paty), of Lake Worth, Fla., Martha Barr Phipps (John), of Nashville, Tenn., and Brian Douglas Barr (Cindy), of Birmingham; eight grandchildren, Amanda and Garrett Parks, Nina and Jeb Barr, Hayley, Lauren and Frances Phipps, and Brian Douglas Barr Jr.
A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Florence, with visitation beginning two hours before the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Episcopal Church, 410 N. Pine St., Florence, AL 35630.
Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, is assisting the family.