Barbara Lynne Love, 70, Harrisburg, died Friday, June 7, 2013, in Evansville, Ind.
Barbara was born Sept. 18, 1942, in Flushing, New York, to the late Robert and Marie (Merkert) Love. She worked her life as a parole agent for the state of Indiana. Barbara retired in 2004 and moved to Harrisburg to be near family. She attended First Baptist Church of Harrisburg and was a beloved member of the Deborah Class. She was a dance major and graduate of Butler University in Indiana, a member of the American Ballet Company in New York, a life member of The Indiana Correctional Association, she was also on the board and conference planning committee for the Association of Humanistic Psychology in Indiana, a Graduate of the Center for Creative Change Training Group in South Bend, Ind.
Barbara also studied Liberation Psychotherapy, she was a license masseuse, an advocate for Saline County CASA and a Friend of the Library in Harrisburg.
She was preceded in death by her sister: Elizabeth "Bette" (Love) Hayes of Harrisburg.
She is survived by her niece: Stacy Wasson and her children, Rachel and Taylor Wasson; her nephew: Jamie Hayes and his wife, Donetta, and their children, Dymin, Kruz and Zayne Hayes; and many friends she loved dearly and considered family.
Barb, who was affectionately known as "Aunt Barb" by all, loved life, leopard, lots of jewelry, great food, stimulating conversations and telling stories that could captivate anyone from young to old. She turned strangers into lifelong friends in mere minutes.
Those who loved "Barbie" as we did are welcome to join us for a celebration of her life noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, at The Presbyterian Church Annex Building in Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers please feel free to make donations to any of the organizations listed above that she was a strong supporter of, or one of her other passions such as ASPCA and The Humane Society of Southern Illinois.
Barbara Lynne has graced his gates with style and class that only she could and has, without a doubt, been embraced with immense love and laughter. She will be missed but never forgotten.
We love you "Aunt Barb."