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Barbara Francis Yarber

August 17, 1934July 11, 2019

Barbara Frances Yarber, 84, passed peacefully on July 11, 2019, with family and friends at her side. Born on August 17, 1934, a 1952 graduate of Woodlawn High School, and a long-standing member of the UAB family, Birmingham was Barbara’s home.

Barbara had many passions, but her greatest loves included her faith, her function, and her family. A member of the St. Francis Xavier community for over four decades, her devotion to the Lord, and the SFX community, was unwavering and absolute. She loved attending daily mass, both for her own peace and serenity, but also to connect with her SFX family.

Barbara was a highly regarded research analyst and coder, working for the UAB School of Medicine. She dedicated over 45 years of her professional life in the medical field. In 1978, she helped charter the Alabama Cancer Registrar’s Association (ACRA), and was named its first President. In 2008, ACRA recognized her significant impact in the field by awarding her the “Barbara Yarber Distinguished Registrar Award.” Each year, that award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Registry profession.

Barbara was a beloved mother, grandmother, Godmother, and friend. She had three children, who she loved deeply and of whom she was immensely proud. Gregory Warren Yarber preceded her death on August 7, 2007. Barbara is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Barbara Yarber, and her daughter, Michelle Schwarz. She is also survived by five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and one great, great-granddaughter, Harlie. She also had several dear friends who she considered to be true family, and to whom she was fiercely loyal.

A service will be held on August 5th, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2 Xavier Circle, Birmingham, Al. 35213. Visitation at 10:00 a.m., Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m., with reception to follow at 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Barbara’s name to one of the following:

ACRA, P.O. Box 28771, Midfield, Al. 35228, attn. Yolanda Graham-Gaston

Blazer Kitchen, dedicated to food security in the UAB community, UAB.givepulse.com

The Arc Angel Tree, arcofcentralalabama.org

The Salvation Army Angel Tree, salvationarmyalm.org

Barbara was an extraordinarily giving person and the only payment she ever requested in return was a hug. As a final tribute to Barbara, please give someone a hug today.


  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, August 5, 2019


Barbara Francis Yarber

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Tracy Flanagan

July 24, 2019

“Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.” Barbara was a dear friend to me and many others. She always had a kind word and a smile for those of us who were fortunate enough to have known her. I will cherish her memory and the things that I have received from her through the years.

“Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.” -Dorothy Ferguson

Kelly Evers

July 23, 2019

Mrs. Barbara is a staple for me in the Alabama Cancer Registrars Association. At our last meeting, she blessed me with a book that she gives out as she is felt led. Our meetings will never be the same without Barbara and her angels. She will be greatly missed but will remain in our thoughts and hearts forever.

Thank you Mrs. Barbara for everything that you have done to impact those lives around you. We are truly blessed for knowing you.

We will keep all of her family and friends in our prayers.

God Bless,