Barbara Johansing Buckley
1928 - 2020
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Barbara Buckley returned home to her heavenly family on September 30, 2020, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Bobbie, as she was known all her life, was born in Pasadena on February 11, 1928, the seventh child of Millie and Harry Johansing. She attended Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and graduated from Immaculate Heart College. Bobbie was blessed with a beautiful singing voice. Inspired by Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald, she excelled in theater and song. (During one of her many family trips to Europe, nine-year old Bobbie entertained passersby from the family's hotel balcony!) She had a crush on Frank Sinatra, but was swept off her feet by Bob Buckley. They were married in Los Angeles in 1949, shortly before Bob graduated from medical school. In 1968, the family moved to Las Vegas from Pacific Palisades, California. Bobbie quickly grew to love Nevada and graciously presided, with class, as matriarch, over a home where the door was always open and everyone was welcome, whether for a meal, a party, just a visit or a more extended stay. Home dinners were filled with wonderful stories and, when they ended, prompted by Bob, Bobbie took over with "Moon River," "It's Been a Real Nice Clambake," "I See the Moon" or other favorites. She was a beautiful and loving daughter and mother and deeply devoted to her husband. Bobbie saw the world with Bob, making lifelong friends and playing bridge everywhere they went. Bobbie was an excellent bridge player. Like her mother and father, Bobbie was a woman of deep faith, teaching her children to pray and trust in God. Bobbie is survived by her nine children: Michael (Cathy), Jan (Bill Hart), Brian (Susan), Kevin (Silvia), Leslie (Todd Shaffer), Jill (Jack Stilwell), Hilary (David Murphy), Monica (Dan Futryk), and Alison (Michael Davitt), 29 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Burial will be next to Bob at the Veteran's Cemetery in Boulder City. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bobbie's memory to the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada or Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada would be welcomed. Services will be private.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Oct. 4, 2020.
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October 16, 2020
Barbara was a fabulous Mother. She gave birth to numerous Buckley children whose presence and positions within our Las Vegas community are too numerous to mention. The first time in was invited by Kevin Buckley to their home, I was stunned taken back by a group Family photo. The photographer I understand stood on a tall ladder to photograph over 120 Buckley Family members, off spring from Barbara. She was strong, had to be to enlist that amount prodigy, yet kind and and witty. All that you would expect from a caring and loving Mother, many times over.
Rest In Peace Barbara.
Al Kingham
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October 10, 2020
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Joseph Guarrella
October 8, 2020
We have fond memories of your family at Our Lady. 4:30pm Saturday mass will not be the same...

Wishing you God's peace to bring you comfort, God's courage to face the days ahead and her loving memory to forever hold in your heart. You were blessed with a precious mother who was beautiful inside and out. May it bring you some solace knowing shes singing in Paradise with the angels.

God's peace,
Coach Pisani and Juliana Pisani and family
Juliana Pisani
Friend
October 6, 2020
I loved Barbara, like my own Mom. I don't think she ever knew a stranger. She was as sharp as a tack. Read the New York Times daily. Always gracious to me. I am so sad to hear of her passing. Especially for her children.
Caryn Crotty
Friend
October 5, 2020
Barbara, was my client for many years and while I did her manicure or pedicure she would read to me from the newspaper or we just chatter. I learned a great deal from her during these times. She was a real Lady and I enjoyed our time together always. I will miss her.
Wendy Mesa
Friend
October 5, 2020
Barbara's story is adequately told just simply by looking at her children! Such a loss. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Connie Bobo
Friend
October 5, 2020
Such a gracious and lovely lady. Scared me silly when I played bridge with her, but she was very kind about my skill level. She personified class.
Irma And John Farrell
Family
October 4, 2020
I remember as a young girl our family came to visit in Las Vegas. My parents spoke highly of yours. How blessed you were to have mom for so many years. A beautiful woman! My deepest condolences ❤
Peggy Williams
Friend
October 4, 2020
I will never forget a phone call I received from Mrs. Buckley, inviting my husband, who was an intern at UMC, to a dinner she was hosting for the interns and their spouses at the Aristocrat. She was charming and gracious and I was in awe. Later that year she and Dr. Buckley invited everyone to a pool party at their home. She was a warm and generous person and I wish her family well at this time of loss.
Sonja S Brouwers
Acquaintance
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