Barbara Hilliard Redford
24 September, 1936 – 25 October, 2021
Barbara Hilliard Redford, of Varina, died on October 25, 2021, in her home surrounded by her loving family and husband. Barbara was born in Richmond, VA on September 24, 1936 and a graduate of Highland Springs High School class of 1955.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles H. Hilliard and Anne Louise Rowe Hilliard of Richmond; her stepmother Helene Hilliard for whom she cared for years; and her only sibling, her beloved sister, Joyce Hilliard Roach of Chesterfield.
Barbara dedicated 37 years to the Henrico County Public School system as a school bus driver and lunchroom monitor. She not only drove children to and from school, but she drove teams to many sporting events, bands to parades and competitions, and classes on the always popular field trips. She was team mother for many of her children’s athletic teams and was a mainstay at the athletic fields and stadiums during their events. Barbara supported her grandchildren in their endeavors with the same enthusiasm and dedication. During her years with Henrico County, Barbara worked summers and weekends; often the residents of Varina would see her at the FasMart on New Market Road cooking yummy country store comfort food, or (going WAY back) at the check-out at the Home Shop on Williamsburg Road. After retiring from Henrico County Barbara worked part-time for Hawthorne Cleaners in Varina where she enjoyed serving many of the students (and their children) she had driven on her school bus or monitored in the lunchroom at Varina Elementary School.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Calvin Redford, and four children; James Allen Redford of Henrico, Ronald Earl Redford (Mary) of Providence Forge, Teresa Redford Norton (Jeff) of Tappahannock, and Wanda Redford Hancock (Dennis) of Providence Forge. Barbara (or Meemaw) is also survived by her 9 grandchildren: Sarah Redford Crocker, Rachael Redford, Niki Hancock Dunkum (Mitch), C.J. Hancock (Kamryn), Cali Hancock, Jonathan Ayres (Ryane), Meghan Redford Holmes (Jarrett), Cameron Redford (Karlee), and Stephen Redford; and 8 great grandchildren.
Viewing will be Monday, November 1, from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23231. Funeral service will be held 12:00 noon Tuesday, November 2, in the Chapel at Nelsen Funeral Home followed by interment at Washington Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
- St. Jude Children's Hospital
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Barbara Hilliard Redford
1 November 2021
I was very sorry to read of Mrs. Redford's passing. I never met her but knew her from her very generous donations of large print novels to the Masonic Home library. As a resident & library volunteer, it was a blessing to receive bags of books from Mrs. Redford over the years. Her books continue to bring joy to The Home residents who prefer large print books as Mrs. Redford must have too. With deepest sympathy to the Redford family.
31 October 2021
Mom, you will forever be in my heart. In addition to the life you gave me and the mother you were to me, I am thankful to have been able to spend the last two days of your life by your side holding your hand and singing gospel songs. I pray it comforted and uplifted you for your journey to heaven. Until we are together again, all my love!!
DHShuler, HRSPA Rep
30 October 2021
The members of Henrico Retired School Personnel Association extend their sincere condolences to the family of Barbara Redford and our great appreciation for her many years of service to students and staff.
29 October 2021
You were Mother to your sister Joyce at an early age because of the war. You were caregiver to Big mamma (Ida), Helene (step mom), Aunt Blanche and many others. You were very happy when the Carters and the Redfords were together.
Family, you kept us in touch.
Your last words to me were "Do you think I wouldn't recognize my first born"?
We Love you lots!
Ray Carter, Jr.
28 October 2021
My "Aunty" [She did not really like that; or hugging; to which, I did both] has been in My Life since My First Breath. She has always been a provider to My Family, and Me.
One Person that I ALWAYS knew would catch Me any time I fell. [I did not test that; but, I knew She would have.] Barbara is that Person I have emulated since a young age.
That School Bus "thing" is something that I was attracted to since She drove My Highland Springs Elementary Bus [circa 1961]; through the years; when I drove a School Bus in the 1972-73 Varina High School Year, and beyond.
Today, in Retirement, from a successful U.S. Navy and DC Law Firm Career, I carry the School Bus Driver Torch in Anne Arundel County, Maryland!
I know, every day, Barbara is watching over Me. As She has for 66 years. I Celebrate Her Life as a Walking Prayer Machine!
Rest Aunty. Be Comforted that all that You have done on this Earth will carry Your Soul into the Kingdom of Heaven! I look forward to seeing You there. I Love You! Rest.
28 October 2021
Wanda and Terry, so sorry for your loss. Your mother was the matriarch of the family. I had forgotten that I worked with her at The Home Shop back in the day, now that was some memories. God bless y'all and I know she will be missed.
27 October 2021
I love you Momma! I was blessed to have 56 wonderful years with you. Thank you for being the best mom, memaw and friend we could ask for. You have always been there for us no matter what. I will miss your laugh, your sense of humor, our daily talks and most of all hearing your voice! Love you always, Your baby girl! ❤️