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H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel

1020 Spring Street Nw, Atlanta, GA

OBITUARY

Barbara Cox Cade

July 10, 1928August 10, 2019
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Barbara Cox Cade, a former librarian of Atlanta Public Schools, passed away peacefully at the age of 91, in her Vinings, Georgia home on August 10, 2019. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Barbara is preceded in death by her father, Rufus Cox; her mother, Ruby Stapleton-Cox, and her husband, Kyle Cade.

She is lovingly remembered by her son, Richard; daughter-in-law and caregiver, Sheila; grandchildren, Joshua, Christian, & Jordan; the Gallagher Family, Joy, Darrell, Sean, & Nicole, and the Cade Family, Joel, Jill, Nicholas, & Samuel.

Barbara was born in Miami, Florida on July 10, 1928, but was raised outside of Savannah, Georgia during the Great Depression and World War II. She obtained a Master of Librarianship from Emory University in 1953 and worked as a librarian for Atlanta Public Schools over five decades.

Mrs. Cade was a devoted educator, traveler, and volunteer. She enjoyed attending and visiting museums, operas, plays, and symphonies with both family and friends. She also volunteered herself in many additional activities throughout the City of Atlanta.

Her honesty and graciousness will be severely missed.

A viewing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM and a funeral service will follow immediately at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 13, 2019. These events will be held at H.M. Paterson & Son—located 1020 Spring Street Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309. Following the service, Barbara will be laid to rest at Westview Cemetery. Reverend Thomas Farmer will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Reception Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Memories

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Lisa Hendley

August 12, 2019

Barbara was a special lady who loved Rick, Sheila and the boys immensely. She and I enjoyed our friendship from the moment We met. I enjoyed her visits and phone calls and I am so happy that Sheila took such good care of her. The OK Cafe will certainly miss their visits!

Love you Kinney family! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Lisa

Joshua Kinney

August 11, 2019

Barbara and I had in-depth political conversations dating back to before I could vote. In recent years, those conversations were much more common, but even then she would keep challenging my opinions with her own wit and sense of humor. She was so selfless and compassionate, which came through on all her beliefs—not just politically.

I will miss our talks and her very presence in my life.

I love and miss you, Barb!

Christian Kinney

August 11, 2019

I credit Barbara with exposing me to the arts at such an early age. In doing so, I was equipped with tools and resources to freely think for myself. This is one of the greatest gifts I have been fortunate enough to possess throughout my life. I’m so grateful she and I had a consistently loving and supportive relationship throughout my own existence because my memories with her are endless.

Love you to the moon and back, Barbara!

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Biography

Barbara Cox Cade, the only child of Rufus Cox and Ruby Stapleton-Cox, was born on July 10, 1928 in Miami, Florida. Her fundamental years occurred in Savannah, Georgia during the Great Depression and World War II—two significant historical events which shaped a lifetime of work ethic and unparalleled selflessness.

In 1950, Barbara moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Through mutual friends, she also met Kyle Cade. The two married the following year and were together until his death in 1995. In 1953, Barbara received a Master of Librarianship from Emory University and continued work as a librarian for Atlanta Public Schools—an occupation she carried with her through five different decades until her retirement in 1993.

Barbara, a lifelong educator, was also a proud member and supporter of the Delta Kappa Gamma—a professional society for women educators. Other charities and not-for profits Barbara proudly belonged to included: the Democratic Party of Georgia, National Geographic Society, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet, Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta History Museum, and many more.

She also enthusiastically enjoyed traveling the world with her late husband, many friends, and family members. With these same people, Barbara passionately indulged herself with the arts. She was a lover of literature, opera, theatre, symphony, and visual arts—as evident by her patronage and unwavering volunteer work.

In her later years, Barbara still managed to do all the things she loved with the same loving and supportive family, friends, and colleagues all the many years before. She was surrounded by the same loving family upon her peaceful passing at home. Her memory, strong work ethic, and selflessness are blessings all should hold onto as the journey of life continues for all.


Some of Barbara’s Favorite Things

Favorite Animal: Domesticated Cat

Favorite Vacation: Egypt

Favorite President: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Favorite Film: Gone with the Wind

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Art Period: Impressionism (Monet) and Post-Impressionism (van Gogh)

Favorite Opera: Madama Butterfly

Favorite Musical: Les Misérables

Favorite Season: Spring