Barbara Augusta BIRRA
January 19, 1915 – March 17, 2020
Barbara Augusta BIRRA was born on January 19, 1915 and passed away on March 17, 2020.
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Barbara Augusta BIRRA
March 22, 2020
Bobbie stands out to me as a woman who had the drive of a hundred strong...she lived life to its fullest each day even when injury set her back. Bobbie loved her family with all of her heart. She talked often, with great pride and gratitude, about her daughter Lesley, granddaughters Carley and Hayley, and her son, Gregory. She was happy to share her life with them and always ready with news or a story about them. Bobbie was remarkable in so many ways. She remembered things about whomever she spoke with and would always ask how, and what, they and their family members were doing.
Bobbie taught me much about gardening, cooking, and making the most of life. She enriched my life in countless ways with her easy friendship, her laughter, her frank opinions and her kindness. She is missed greatly already and she will always have a warm place in my heart. My life has been blessed, as has that of my family, by Bobbie's friendship. I pray for God's comfort and peace for Bobbie's family now and in the days ahead.
March 19, 2020
The holy spirit layed it on my heart to share a scapula with her and it made her smile. It was truly a blessing to me to have met her and spent time with her. One of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, gave me a Rosary to give to her and when I did, her face lit up again. She said it was so beautiful and that she loved it and then she made the sign of the cross, kissed it and began to pray. We prayed together until she was too tired. I was so honored to spend that time with her. She thanked me and sent thanks to the Sister who sent her the Rosary. She fell asleep with it wrapped around her hand. I wanted her daughter to have this picture. God Bless you. May she rest in peace
March 17, 2020
Mrs. Birra or Bobbi as she was affectionately called was one in a million. Passionate about everything she tried and passionate about the care of her children Lesley and Greg. I still remember the beautiful flower arrangement she made for me from her own garden and always her thoughtful handwritten notes of thanks when I sent her birthday gifts and wishes. Her wit and sense of humor and strength and passion will always be remembered as an example to us all. Her stories of skiing, horsemanship, travel and flowers/gardening will always be fondly remembered. Memory of Bobbi's expression when I brought her flowers and she advised put them right there beside me on the table as "I" will arrange them to Bobbi watching Hayley and Lesley attempt giving Maverick (horse) a bath with a shake of her head make me smile. One of the greatest generation must have another job to do. Condolences to the immediate family and everyone who knew her - I am pretty sure we all considered her family too. Love, Jan