Barbara Smith Barr died peacefully at Kings Grant Retirement Community, Martinsville, VA, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
Born May 1, 1930, she lived a full life, devoting herself to her family, friends, and community. Forever shaped by the values and virtues fostered by her parents during her childhood in Ambler, PA, she was rooted in a timeless Christian faith and winged for her next chapters. To the day she passed, she continued to nurture enduring childhood friendships and cherish memories of her parents, two brothers, and three sisters, all of whom predeceased her.
She was married to Harold T. Barr, Jr. on September 11, 1954. “Reds” predeceased her on May 1, 1992. She is survived by son Jeff Barr (Jeanne) of Nampa, ID, daughter Nancy Moore (Henry) of Martinsville, VA, and son John Barr (Sabrina) of Columbia, SC.
Together, she and Reds provided their children with a confidence to grow and go, to show their capabilities and pursue their futures. For that their children are most grateful and eternally indebted. Memories from days gone by will forever be cherished, and probably will cause smiles to slip across their faces and a ridiculous laugh or two.
Affectionally referred to by them as Bim, she was so fondly proud of her seven grandchildren (GA, CA, CO, and SC) and three great grandchildren (GA and CA).
We her children are thankful for her nieces and nephews in Southeastern PA, MD, CO, GA, and HI who made it a point to include her in their lives; for her devoted brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Glen Mills, PA, and sister-in-law in Denver, CO; and for her church family at Trinity Presbyterian in Berwyn, PA. In addition, we want to acknowledge the special friendships, past and present, from her seven decades of living in Malvern, Glen Mills, and West Chester, PA, who supported and sustained her following Reds’ death.
The past three years, which she spent living at Kings Grant with her rescue dog Mimi and newest formed friendships, were a timely blessing to her and her family.
A private memorial service to celebrate God’s faithfulness and provision in the life of our mother and our parents will be held later this year at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn, PA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation, in memory of Bim’s late grandson Corey Barr, to Our Military Kids, 2911 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 203, Oakton, VA 22214 or Trinity Presbyterian Church, 640 Berwyn Avenue, PA 29312.
“There are two things we should give our children: one is roots to grow, and the other is wings to fly.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887); Clergyman
For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:8.