Washington, District of Columbia


November 7, 2019
Washington, District of Columbia


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 BARBARA E. WHITING-WRIGHT (Age 83)  A retired customs law specialist for the United States Customs Service, the first black woman in the agency's history to hold that position, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Howard University Hospital. She is survived by her son...

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Peace and blessings for such a wonderful life of sharing. Barbara shared a kindness that will be missed. Sincerest condolences to family. Richard and Patricia Wilson

I worked as a government contractor at U.S. Customs.I was a Computer Operator being trained by a team from Andrews AFB. The guard at the front desk said there is a lady who works here with the same last name as yours and y'all might be cousins. I said the next time you see her give a call. He said she leaving the building so I ran outside and there she was. I said your last name Whiting and she said yes and I said me too. Barbara slowly turned around and smiled at me. I said I'm Paula Whiting...

To Barbara's dear son, sister and grandkids
Am so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. As a fellow member of the D.C legal community, I know of the contributions Barbara made. She was a role model. I didn't hear about her passing or funeral arrangements in time to attend, otherwise I would have been at the services.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
May you find comfort in knowing that her's was a life well lived.

We arrive with intent, and part with our deeds. Your mother has blessed her family, as well as the world with beauty, intelligence and lineage. Bless this day, the celebration of her life.

Dear Jeffrey and Naomi, I was so saddened to learn of Barbara's passing. She was my Mole sister for many years and was a shining star in our organization. She often talked about her love for her family. Barbara will be deeply missed. May God bring you peace and comfort.

Jeffrey and Naomi.... words cannot express my initial shock then absolute sadness as I realizaed what Donna Lewis had shared.
Immediately my thoughts of my initial meeting"COOKIE"who as I was a beginning freshman at Hampton Institute(now Hampton University)Need I tell you she was vibrant fashionable gregarious and acted unlike us timid unsure freshmen of Virginia Hall. She and her cousin Cynthia quickly became friends from across the hall.
Whenever I visited the DC area we...

Dearest Jeffrey and Naomi,
I was greatly saddened to learn of the loss of your Beloved Mother and your Beloved Sister. My Aunt Helen informed me of your Loss today. I want U to know how very much I adored and cherished your Mother & Sister for her incredible Style, Intellect, Grace and Incredible Personality ! From the time I moved next door to Your Family, upon the loss of my Aunt's Husband, Uncle Bill, there was a blending of our Families. My Mother asked me to stay w/ Helen...

Jeff and Naomi:
I say the words offering condolences and sympathies but none of it seems real yet.
Fifty-six years and counting of friendship and family love learning of Barbara's passing was the last thing I expected to hear. How can I adequately express the love or the loss. Fifty-six years of sharing with each other our marriages, our children, having careers, losing our parents and other loved ones. And through it all Barbara's was unwavering and steadfast.
Barbara left...

Whiting-Wright Family:

I'm sorry to hear about Barbara passing. I lost my mother 10 years ago and now that Barbara is gone; it's like losing a mother all over again. We would be on the phone for hours talking about the family tree, Jeffrey and his kids and my family members. I met Barbara, Naomi and Jeffrey 31 years ago. I'm really going to miss her.

Love & Prayers to the Family.

Paulette and Antoine Whiting