Barbara Jo Doebner

March 27, 1948April 22, 2021

Barbara Jo Hancock Doebner, 73 passed from this life on April 22, 2021 to be with her heavenly Father after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born in Austin, Texas on March 27, 1948 to Harrell H. and Lois E. Hancock, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include the love of her life Thomas H. Doebner, Jr., husband, whom she was married to for 43 years, son Blake Cartwright and wife Susan, son Jeremy Hood, step-daughter Kimberly Bristow and husband Nick, grandchildren, Cale Hood, Hudson Hood, and April Cartwright, step-grandchildren, Christopher Smith and wife Daria, Brandon Bristow, Kenny Bristow, Connor Bristow, step-great grandson Oliver Smith and brother Vernon Hancock and wife Jonnie, sister Dorothy Conn and husband Jim and a number of nieces and nephews.

Barbara was a member of Hays Hills Baptist Church for 20 years and Park Hills Baptist Church for 21 years. She continued to stay in touch with many of the members of Park Hills throughout the years. Barbara was employed at the Industrial Accident Board/Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission for 30 years. She served the great State of Texas public as a customer service assistant aiding on the job workers with their workers’ compensation claims, Staff Services Supervisor, and Contested Case Hearing Officer Assistant.

Barbara loved her co-workers’ and considered some of them family. After retiring in 1999 Barbara continued a relationship with many of them and they enjoyed get-to-gethers to reminisce about all the funny stories and some not so funny encountered while at work.

After retiring from employment in 1999 Thomas and Barbara spent the next ten years traveling the states with their travel trailer and their loyal husky companion Akita Cheyenne. The Lord blessed them with the opportunity to enjoy many wonderful years together on the road.

Barbara adored her grandchildren and regretted so much after her diagnosis that she was unable to physically participate in more of their activities.

Barbara had a love and compassion for cats and dogs all of her life. Some of you are probably aware from her postings on Facebook (which some of you probably thought does this woman have a life)? She loved all of her pets, but her favorites were her two Siberian huskies, Akita and Sadie.

Many thanks go to the medical profession for Barbara’s care during her illness: Oncologist, Carsten Kampe and Srivani Thatikonda; Cardiologist, David Morris and P.A. Roberta Richards; and Primary Care Physician, Humberto Maldonado, Jr.

Grave side services will be held at 10am on Monday April 26 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park. A Memorial Service at Hays Hills Baptist Church will be held sometime this fall.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Barbara Doebner to Hays Hills Baptist Church.


  • Blake Cartwright
  • Nick Bristow
  • Kyle Graham
  • Cale Hood
  • Hudson Hood
  • Jeremy Hood


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Jannette Mountzouris

April 25, 2021

Many special memories of working with Barbara at the Industrial Accident Board/Texas Workers' Compensation Commission for 30 years. She was a dedicated employee as well as being kindhearted and gracious.

It was a privilege to work with her -- although our work was serious in nature, her cooperative spirit and dry wit were positive attributes in the workplace .

After retirement we continued to keep in touch through emails, cards, and lunch gatherings with other retired friends -- she will definitely be missed. Rest in peace, Barbara.

Jannette Mountzouris

dorothy windham-conn

April 25, 2021 extraordinary Lady...a bright and shining star...very special memories never to be forgotten...

Shannon Ward

April 25, 2021

So many times in my younger years I would visit my grandmother Lois and sometimes Aunt Barbara would be there and the three of us would have such wonderful conversations over lunch or coffee. She was so beautiful and loving and oh so witty. She made me laugh and I loved spending those days with her. I love you Aunt Barbara!

Dwane and Carol Ideker

April 24, 2021

We have so many fond memories of Barbara. From church gatherings to domino games at the Doebner home to numerous visits to Mexican restaurants, all of these moments hold a special place in our hearts. Dwane especially enjoyed Barbara’s dry wit and loved to banter with her. She was exceptional and will be greatly missed.

James and Cynthia Pannell

April 24, 2021

I have fond memories of my cousin Barbara from our childhood. She was a quality person. Our condolences to Thomas, Vernon and their families.

Chris Whitworth

April 23, 2021

I considered Barbara a dear friend for many years. We went to church together both in Austin and later in South Austin. She and Thomas became very good friends of our family and until covid we always got together on our trips to Austin for a good meal and catching up about family and mutual friends. Our prayers and condolences go out to Thomas and the boys as well as the entire family during these days ahead.