|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1939|
|Death: ||Mar. 5, 2004|
The life of Colleen Barber, 65, came to an end March 5, 2004. She passed from this world and into the loving arms of God surrounded by her family. Though hearts break and eyes weep, Colleen's family finds comfort in the knowledge that she is no longer held captive by the illness that weakened her body. In the peace of everlasting life, she is strong and whole again, just like the heart and soul that loved them so.
Mary Colleen Barber was born January 4, 1939 in Ash Flat, Arkansas. Six weeks later, her family packed up and left Arkansas, seeking a new life in California. The family's Model-T brought them to Armona, where they eventually settled. Colleen attended local schools and was a 1956 graduate of Hanford High. She went on to attend College of the Sequoias and Fresno State where she earned her BA in Journalism.
Unable to find employment in journalism, Colleen went to work for the Kings County Welfare Department as a social worker. It was during this time that she met Donald Barber, who was then stationed at LNAS. The two married and, in 1968, began the traveling life of a young married military family.
Returning to the Hanford area in 1981, Colleen continued her work for Kings County as an agent for Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services. Her work brought her into contact with many lives - lives that touched her as much as she touched them. Colleen retired in August 2000 taking with her the memories of those whom she helped.
Colleen was preceded in death by her husband Don, who passed away in June 1999. She is survived by three children, Steve Barber and wife Laura of Oakhurst, Kelly Virden and husband James of Lemoore, and Tim Barber of Eldridge. She leaves behind six grandchildren, Kimberly Bibbo, Bryan and Tyler Virden, and Rebecca, Robert and Michael Barber. She was also blessed with one great-grandchild, Narayan Bibbo. Memories of a childhood filled with love and laughter will continue to live on in Colleen's sister, Rose Helen Spulher of Hanford. Colleen was also survived by devoted caregiver Kathy Nennich.
The Kingsburg Recorder
March 7, 2004
Note - Donald Eugene Barber married Mary Colleen Harrison on November 30, 1968 in Kings County, California.
Donald Eugene Barber (1935 - 1999)
Created by: JC
Record added: Nov 30, 2012
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