Barbara J. Antista, 73, of Chandler, Arizona passed away on November 11, 2021, at her home in Chandler. She was born January 12, 1948, in Trinidad, Colorado to Bart and Imogene Antista. She graduated from Trinidad Catholic High School and then attended Colorado State University. She went on to the University of Colorado to get her bachelor of science degree in psychology. Upon graduation she taught school at the University of Saskatchewan for one year. She then attended Arizona State University to get her masters and doctorate degree in psychology. Barbara then worked for a time with some associates as a clinical psychologist in the Chandler area until eventually opening up her own practice in Chandler. She was highly regarded in her profession. She retired after 35 years in practice to enjoy a more leisurely life with her very close friends in Arizona. Barbara was a kindhearted person who was always willing to listen to others and help them in anyway she could. She was greatly loved by friends and family. Barbara is survived by her brother, Ronald Antista and wife Cheri, her niece Kelli Antista, all of Greeley, Colorado, and her nephew, Michael Antista of Las Vegas, Nevada. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and infant brother. Arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Comi Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to, can contribute to Holy Trinity Academy through Comi Funeral Home.
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Today would have been your birthday dearest Barbara. We all miss you, but are glad you are finally home.
January 12, 2022
Barbara had a wonderfully warm presence. Her brilliant blue eyes could twinkle in amusement or gently question an opinion. In her professional life she would focus on someone's issues to help them find the truths that lay behind them and guide them to a place of self-awareness using empathy, caring, compassion, and kindness.
In her personal life she could be feisty. But then that's true of many smart, confident people. There is a reason her dearest friends called her Athena. She guarded the welfare of those around her much like the ancient goddess, Pallas Athene.
Every now and then she'd spontaneously give someone a gift. Perhaps it would be a book or a futon or a figurine or something symbolic of her relationship to the person she gifted and to let them know how much she cared.
The world was a MUCH better place when Barbara lived in it.
Christara Dawn Earle
November 23, 2021
Barbara and I were kindred spirits from our first meeting. We agreed on so many subjects. She was the most kind and gentle one. Not a day goes by that I don't think of something I want to tell her. Blessed be, dear Barbara.
Kandy Kiel Crowe
November 23, 2021
Barbara was a wonderful best friend, and will be missed
more than I can say.