Barbara Sue Ogarrio
1932 - 2009
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Barbara Sue Ogarrio, 76, fine artist and former teacher, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2009, at a hospice in Burleson.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the non-profit Emery J. Lilge Hospice House, 301 Medpark Circle, Burleson, Texas 76028.
Barbara was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Fort Worth, the daughter of Cecil W. and Juliet M. Sedberry. A graduate of Fort Worth Paschal High School in 1949 and Texas Wesleyan University in 1953, she received her B.A. in fine arts and M.A. studies at University of the Americas in Mexico City, where she met her husband, Joaquin. They married in 1958 and moved to the San Francisco Bay area, settling in Half Moon Bay, 28 miles south of San Francisco. Barbara taught physical education, then art classes for 29 years at Half Moon Bay High School, serving as chair of its art department.
Barbara drew and painted using various media, including oils, acrylic and egg tempera. In later years she featured and sold her artwork at Bay Area art galleries, becoming recognized for her pastels. She was often featured in American and international art journals, as well as a best-selling book, "Best of Pastels 2."
Between 2000 and 2004, Barbara painted her "crowning achievement," "21st Century Apocalyptic Visions," inspired by the book of Revelation and End Times prophecies from the Bible. Originally conceived on computer, the large-format series of 24 abstract canvases is a "visual record of the Christian faith" from beginning to end--Alpha to Omega. After moving with her husband to Whitney in 2004, Barbara donated "21st Century Apocalyptic Visions" to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary of Fort Worth, where it was formally unveiled in May 2006 inside the A. Webb Roberts Library. The series is now featured in the seminary's art curriculum.
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and niece, Barbara will be remembered for her spiritually, faith, compassion, intelligence, humor, creative mind, strength of character and love of country, but foremost for the great reservoir of love and affection bestowed on her family, friends and students.
Survivors: Husband of 50 years, Joaquin Ogarrio of Whitney; sons, Greg and Sean Ogarrio of San Francisco and Santa Clara, Calif.; daughters-in-law, Andrea and Doni Ogarrio; granddaughters, Juliana and Kristen Ogarrio; brother, Cecil A. Sedberry of Laguna Park; aunt, Henrietta Clower of Fort Worth; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Antonio and Maria de Lourdes Alvarado of Mexico City; niece, Teresa Callarman and husband, Gary, of Fort Worth; niece, Leisa Musgrove and husband, Melvin, of Laguna Park; and numerous great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

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Published in Star-Telegram on Jul. 8, 2009.
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September 30, 2016
Mrs Ogarrio probably made the biggest impact in my life than anyone outside my family. I was in GAA all 4 years of high school (1968-1971) and was her student aid for my last 2 years of high school. She did something must teachers these days know nothing about and that was volunteer her time as a coach, she was the only girls PE teacher in those days and coached all our competitive teams softball, basketball, volleyball and badminton teams with no complaints. That's dedication. She and I spent many hours talking about what I should do after high school and just life in general. She was a wonderful person and loved by everyone. She was not only a teacher to me, but also a friend. The world has lost a very special person. I send my condolences to her family.
Susie Pacheco
April 26, 2012
Barbara was my PE teacher at Half Moon Bay High School in the 60's. An awesome person and teacher. I just read of her passing on a website online. May she rest in peace.

Susan (Stanfield) Betz, Clearlake, California
December 20, 2010
Monika zumsteg my aunt as beautiful as the heavens were she now rests in peace watch over us all I will always love you.
Schnee Bedford
December 7, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs Ogarrio's passing. She was a wonderful gym teacher (1966-1970) I will always be grateful to her for allowing me to play tennis instead of softball which would constantly leave me with sprained fingers! She was always fair and sweet to us. My deepest sympathies to her family. Sincerely, Vicky Bradley Reina
Vicky Bradley Reina
October 17, 2009
I will be forever grateful to Barbara Ogarrio, who not only was my favorite teacher for four years, but made art a permanent part of my life. I've had years of education since then, but can't think of any teacher who taught me more. She gave her students her all.
Mary Beth Attix-Harrison, class of '79
Mary Beth Attix-Harrison
October 6, 2009
Dear Joaquin, Greg and Sean:
It was a shock for me. I don't have any word...... Sorry. San Francisco and Half Moon Bay is not same for me
Oscar Castro
oscar castro
July 27, 2009
What a lovely, lovely lady. I am very proud to have known her and am so sorry to hear of her passing. The world has lost a beautiful human being. She touched all of us in so many positive ways that she will certainly continue to live in and through us. I couldn’t wait to get to her PE class in the 60’s; not to mention GAA after school. I will always be grateful for the way she encouraged me and helped to improve my low self-esteem.

Evelyn Le’Fevre
Class of 1968
Evelyn (Ev) Le'Fevre
July 20, 2009
Dear Ogarrio family,

Going to Barbara's art class was the best part of my Senior year at HMBHS. We got to paint and do printmaking and collage and monoprints and self portraits! In her trademark artists smock she would guide and conduct the class in a discovery. Not an easy class- she really gave us a taste of what's possible if we set our mind's to it.

I got to view Barbara's marvelous egg tempera's (1990's) in the gallery in town. And seeing the abstract work on the Apocalyptic series has really given me a lasting impression of her many styles. We'll miss Mrs. Ogarrio and her creativity. Her name will always remind us of making ART.

I headed off to art school after high school so I think Barbara helped me see how much I enjoyed being in art classes and what I might expect. I feel so lucky to have had the special classroom experience, as I know many of my classmates do too.

My heart felt sympathy. She will always be with me.

Mike Warner
class of 77
Mike Warner
July 10, 2009
Dear Ogarrio Family,

As a neighbor of Barbara's for the past five years, I always looked in the direction of her studio, whenever I stood in my back yard at night. Barbara told me that she was best inspired durng the later hours of the evening to do her best work. When I saw a light shining in the window from her studio, I knew that she was feeling well enough to work once again.

When I would visit with Barbara, she always enthusiastically shared her awe inspiring visions from the book of Revelations. I was so excited to actually be able to see what she had interpreted from her Apocalyptic records. I was always captivated by her explainations and so understood her meaningful expressions..In short, I loved to sit near her while she was at her computer sharing her awesome works and deep insights.

Her legacy will live on in the hearts of all who have been touched by Barbara's zest for deep understanding.

I am blessed by having known Barbara and the special person that she was in the lives of so very many people.

Lorraine Bretthauer
Eagles Nest
White Bluff neighbor

I always enjoyed visiting Barbara in her studio.
July 9, 2009
Dear Ogarrio Family,

I was in the class of '68. Barbara was our PE teacher. She had so much patience with us. She was great!

So sorry to hear about her passing. She is always remembered in my heart.
Ann Imamura-Riddell
July 9, 2009
Barbara and I were mostly telephone and email friends, but we had a real bond. It had something to do with my daughter being married to her son, but it went deeper than that. We talked about current events, our children and grandchildren, my music, her art, whatever else came to mind. Our differences were superficial; we shared basic values.

She was a gifted artist who was brilliant in every medium she chose to
explore. I am fortunate to own two of her works, one of which she gave me
as a thank-you for helping her with a research project, the other an oil
that my late husband and I fell in love with and persuaded her to sell to

She will be dearly missed. My heart goes out to the family.
Varda Novick
July 8, 2009
Barbara was the very best kind of friend. I treasure our many stimulating conversations, both email and voice. Her love and generosity of spirit were, and are, an inspiration to me. I miss her sadly, and I know how heavy the loss of her must be to all her family. Her life has moved to another level, but she left us the glorious gifts of her love and her work to remind us of her until we join her there.
Leanna Gaskins
July 8, 2009
"The Promise", Barbara Ogarrio.
July 8, 2009
My condolances Greg. I talked with your mother a few years back. It was a very pleasant conversation and she was as kind hearted as I remember her being from my interaction with her during my school days.

Most Sincerely,

Mark Center
Mark Center
July 8, 2009
Dear Ogarrio Family ~ I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Ogarrio was always so gracious and kind to me when I worked at White Bluff POA office. Her paintings showed her wonderful talent. I know she will be deeply missed.
May the Peace of the Lord Be With You All.
Renea Lee
July 8, 2009
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Ogarrio family. Barbara's works of art will continue to bless the lives of others and we pray that treasured memories will sustain you at this time and into the future.
The Leong Family
July 8, 2009
She was my Mama, and I miss her so very, very much. I am typing this from her computer in her studio, at her home. And she is all around me, everywhere I glance and touch. In books I sent her, paintings she did of my father, grandmother, great-grandmother, the keyboard, a picture of my wedding, her chair, the unused Mother's Day Amazon gift certificate by brother and I sent, her vitamins. Before she passed away, I whispered to her, "Will I see you again, Mama?" "Yes," she said.
Greg Ogarrio
July 8, 2009
Barbara was our friend and though she moved thousands of miles away, she and my wife spoke almost every day. She was a wonderful talented person with an abiding belief in her maker. She would be embarrassed, I think, by the outpouring of compliments from her friends, but she deserves every bit. She will be missed as a large part of our lives.
Mike and Kathy Sherman, Half Moon Bay, CA
MIchael Sherman
July 8, 2009
I will miss Barbara terribly, I always enjoyed our talks, I remember them from when I was very young. My admiration for her as an artist, is unequaled. For Greg, Sean,Joaquin, and Dad, I understand the pain you are feeling, and I share it with you. We have lost another good one too soon. Love
Teresa Callarman
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