OBITUARY

Barbara Barb Sue Kirkland McCauley

September 24, 1947May 2, 2011

Barbara Sue McCauley, age 63, a 20 year breast cancer survivor, went to be with the Lord May 2, 2011. Her husband, Davis, was at her bedside when she drew her last tiny breath. She was born in Baytown, Texas, September 24, 1947, to the late Joe and Hilda Kirkland. She met Davis on Valentine’s Day, 1967, and they were married December 26 the same year. It was her beautiful smile that captured his heart, a smile she maintained through all her setbacks. She went back to college to follow her second dream after being a homemaker for 20 years. On May 12, 1990, at the age of 42, she graduated from the University of Houston - Clearlake with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Shortly after her graduation she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She forged her way through four months of chemotherapy and then started her teaching career. She taught 4 years at Baytown's St. Joseph Catholic School, where she received the 1994-1995 Monsignor Joseph P. O'Sullivan Staff Award. Next she taught 12 years at Channelview ISD, Hamblen Elementary School in particular. In December, 2004 her cancer returned. She courageously worked until December 31, 2006 and retired. From January 2007 through December 23, 2010, she was under the concerned care of Dr. Harry Price and the angelic chemotherapy nurses of Oncology Consultants of Houston. Then December 24, 2010, the family, along with Barbara's consent, started Home Hospice care with Faith Community Hospice of Baytown with Davis as her full time caregiver. The Hospice Nurses and aides that came out on a regular basis checking on her were also angelic. And a special thanks to Dr. Guidry, the Hospice physician. Barbara was born into Central Baptist Church and was a lifetime member and had many friends there that loved and prayed for her. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Davis McCauley; son, Andrew McCauley; daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Howard Thomsen; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Sean LaPlante; brother, David Hollaway; grandchildren, Mason Phipps, Jadine Wannamaker, Jesse Thomsen, Adrien LaPlante, and Jolene Barbara LaPlante. Barbara will be cremated and her ashes will be placed in a wall niche in the beautiful Houston, VA cemetery and await the ashes of Davis. There will not be a family visitation or a funeral service. Her immediate family will meet at the site when her ashes are placed in the wall niche. For those of you that knew and loved her, please keep her lively and courageous spirit and beautiful smile in your memory.

In lieu of flowers/plants please send donations to Central Baptist Church, 1800 King Street, Baytown 77520, in memory of Barbara.

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  • There will not be a family visitation or a funeral service.
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Davis McCauley

May 13, 2013

Dear Barbara,

While you were with us on this earth you were a mother. A wonderful and loving mother. The mother of our three children. Though you have left us for the heavenly realm you are still our children's mother and I wish you a happy mother's day. I think of you often and will always love you.

with love,

Davis

Patti

May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's Day, Momma. XXOO
i miss you so much. Love, Patti Sue

Melanie

May 2, 2013

Memories of death escape me and I resound, "Where's Mom?"
A flood of the decline sinks in me.
And such a sadness wells inside me of all the missed things to come.

Davis McCauley

September 24, 2012

My Dearest Barbara,

Today you would've been 65. I've been thinking about you this morning and how much I loved you and our life together. Our life together ended all too soon. I'm so sorry your end (our end) had to be so tragic. But you are now without pain and suffering. I know you are with Jesus now and your heavenly life is now full of happiness, joy, peace, rest, and uninhibited mobility. I know you've checked on me from time to time. The evidence has been overwhelming. And I'm still anticipating a visitation dream so real and so comforting that I will know I've been given a gift of comfort from the Holy Spirit.

I know you know September 15th I remarried. I know you know I couldn't have gone on without someone to love and care for and someone to love and care for me back. Irene, 6 years widowed, is a wonderful woman, a spiritual woman, full of goodness, kindness, and love -- and I love her deeply. I like to think you had a hand in our meeting at the Church Bazaar, that you gave me that little nudge toward the sweets booth where she was working.

Barb, I want you to know on this special day that I will always love you. And know that you will always reside in my heart.

I love you,

Davis

P & J Thomsen

September 23, 2012

Tomorrow is your birthday and Jesse and I will both release a balloon for you. We still have days we cry for you but we know you're not suffering anymore and that helps. I feel like you will now be Jesse's angel to watch over her and protect her. I sure wish you were here. Happy Birthday, Momma. We will send your balloons to you tomorrow and think of you throughout the day. All our love, Patti and Jesse

Davis McCauley

August 5, 2012

Dear Barbara,

Today I dismantled the Memorial I made of your play room: all four walls full of photos (ceiling to floor) with you in them, things people said about you before and after you passed, documents concerning you, your few poems -- anything, my darling, that pointed to you or made you shine. This and writing in Memorial Web site was how I survived the first year. Clearing out your playroom was very painful, but I felt I needed to do it. Patti and Jesse helped me. They put all the photos and things written about or by you in photo books. Doing that I won't lose the essence of the playroom memorial. I love you my darling but I'm trying to let you go.And that's difficult. I hope this helps me get past your last six months to better times. I want to remember all our good times together. I'll always love you, I'l never ever forget you. You live in my heart, mind, and soul --and will until I die and we are together again, Davis

Davis McCauley

July 30, 2012

Dear Barbara, every day I think of you and pray for your happiness in heaven. I miss you. And I'll always love you. Look in on me from time to time if you would. And I'm still looking for that visitation dream. My eternal love, Davis

Davis McCauley

June 10, 2012

Patti, thank you for putting Jesse's art work and "Grandma's comments" into our Barbara's Guest Book. I looked at each piece of Jesse's art work and read each of my Sweetie's comments. And I had a good cry with each one -- and I'm still crying as I write this. I love you. Daddy

Patti Thomsen

May 31, 2012

Grandma's comment made Friday, May 15, 2009: "A very good ladybug. It reminds me of our Ladybug game. I like your background; green with the different shades of color. Love, Grandma"

Patti Thomsen

May 31, 2012

Grandma's comment made Tuesday, April 7, 2009: "Jesse, nice arrangement. Beautiful Easter colors. You certainly have the ability to put things together. Great trait for doing sculptures. Keep it up! Love, Grandma"