Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 21, 2013

Sheila Suzanne Barber

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — KINGSLEY — Sheila Suzanne Barber, 56, loving friend, wife and mother, passed away on March 16, 2013, at Harper University Hospital in Detroit, of an incurable disease. She was born Sept. 14, 1956, at Barksdale AFB, La.

Sheila was a devoted wife and mother who loved to work in her flower gardens, sew, knit and go camping with friends, Sally King and David Reed. Her favorite place to camp was Hartwick Pines by Grayling and walk among the huge trees. There is a little chapel amongst the trees she always had to stop at and read the message by the altar.

She was employed at Morrison Industrial Equipment for 27 years doing multiple office jobs, but her title was assistant service manager.

Sheila attended Elk Rapids High School and graduated in 1974. She took classes at NMC in sign language to help with some customers who were hard of hearing and also did some volunteer work in sign language at NMC.

Sheila tried to give blood when ever possible and was also on the bone marrow donors list until she found out about her medical problem.

She left behind Duane, her husband and friend of 36 years; and her son, Scott Matthew, age 32. She is survived by sister, Gloria (Bill) White, of Middleport, N.Y.; brother, Ronald Smith, of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Robert (Janet) Smith, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews around the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lita (Ashworth) Smith; niece, Kari White; and granddaughter, Aubrey Lynn Barber.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Donations in Sheila’s memory may be made to Michigan Blood, 1036 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49501.

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The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.