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Barbara Jean BARBER


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Barbara Jean BARBER Obituary
Barbara Jean Barber passed away on December 8, 2017 at the age of 94 after a life full of loving service to others. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to John and Marie Oosterling Schipper. She and her younger brother Richard were raised there and in Los Angeles after her family moved here in 1936. She graduated from Washington High School and then attended Pepperdine College and the Bishop Johnson College of Nursing. She then trained at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles where she became a registered nurse and worked her way up to the head of the Surgical Floor. At Good Samaritan she met Donald B. Barber. They married in 1948 and their love flourished. Barbara and Don had four children: son Don Jr. (Virginia), daughter Gail (David), son James (Linda), and son Brian. They raised their children in Los Angeles in the home they built together and in which they spent the rest of their lives. Barbara was a devoted and attentive mother. Barbara will be remembered fondly for many things. She was a very generous person and helped innumerable others, including teaching hundreds of 3-year-old children for more than 50 years in Primary and Sunday School at her church - The (LDS). She also mentored young people and supported her large family and many friends in myriad ways. She is survived by her four children and spouses, seven grandchildren - including Don III who cared for her during her declining years - 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. Barbara nurtured, guided, and inspired us. She will be missed greatly by the countless souls whose lives she touched. Visitation will be Friday, December 29, from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary, 1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, 90024. The Memorial Service will be Saturday, December 30 at 11:00 am at the LDS Westwood Ward Chapel at 10740 Ohio Ave., Los Angeles, 90092.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2017
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