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.
Published in Star-Telegram on Jul. 8, 2009.