Barbara L. Tayoun, 69, of Laflin, died Sunday at Hospice Community Care.
Born March 31, 1944, in Wilkes-Barre and raised in Kingston, she was a daughter of the late Barber J. and Margaret Rose Thomas Tayoun.
An honors graduate of West Side Central Catholic High School, Barbara earned her bachelor of arts degree from Wilkes University and master of science degree from the University of Scranton. She subsequently earned accreditation in sign language from Luzerne County Community College.
Before retiring, Barbara was an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.
Barbara was a member of the Parish of St. Maria Goretti in Laflin. She had been deeply involved in the fundraising efforts of the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities in support of Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital for many years.
She will be greatly missed by her aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends and her four Shetland Sheepdogs, Joshua, Jude, Luke and T.J., to which she was entirely devoted.
Celebration of Barbara's life will be held Friday with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Maria Goretti on Laflin Road in Laflin concelebrated by Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon and the Rev. James J. Paisley. Interment will be private.
Visitation will be at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 Saint Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, the Parish of Saint Maria Goretti, 42 Redwood Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-7265, or SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-6911.
McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service is assisting Barbara's family with arrangements.
McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Times Leader on Sept. 24, 2013