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Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO

A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Barbara A. Jabs "Sweetie"

October 5, 1940October 4, 2019
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Barbara Ann Jabs was born October 5th, 1940 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Esther Ruth and Edward William. She had two brothers Thomas Theodore and William, who was hydrocephalic and died as a young child. Barbara spent her early childhood in Oakley, Ohio. She later attended three different high schools: Millsbrae, Rocky River, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri. Barbara attended Valparaiso University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education with a minor in art. Having no sisters, Barbara eagerly joined the Beta sorority, "so she would have a whole house full of them". The “sisters" affectionately nicknamed her "Barney".

Barbara met and married Ernest C. Jabs on June 10th, 1962. The couple headed west until they found jobs in Colorado. Barbara worked as an elementary school teacher in the Cherry Creek school district from 1962 to 1968. She then worked as a substitute teacher in the Denver school district from 1978 to 1991. Barbara had three children: Jennifer Ruth, Peter Randolph, and Ami Mara.

Barbara enjoyed many things in life; swimming, painting, and singing were her favorite activities. Because of her love of singing, Barbara was a member of The Lutheran Chorale for over 30 years, which enabled her to travel abroad.

Barbara was a dedicated member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She loved teaching Sunday school and teaching during VBS, in the summer months. She was also active in the LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League south central zone), Immanuel Lutheran Women's Guild and Immanuel board of education and stewardship.

Barbara was best known for her devotion and unwavering faith, her wonderful sense of humor, and her infectious laugh, all of which carried her through the many trials and tribulations of her life. The absolute joy of Barbara's life was when her first, and only grandson, Mason Earnest, was born February 4, 2002. The proud grandma was never without picture albums to show off her grandson, wherever she went. Barbara was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2014 and in the same year placed into skilled and memory care at Brookdale Meridian in Englewood, Colorado where she was beloved by the staff who affectionately called her "Sweetie". She later died in loving care with her daughter Ami at her side on October 4th, 2019. She was 78 years old.

Barbara is survived by her her brother, Thomas Theodore; her children, Peter Randolph and Ami Mara; son-in-law, Keith Walter Robertson; and grandchild, Mason Ernest Robertson. She is also survived by her very close friends that were always a strong source of support for Barbara and her family.

A visitation for Barbara will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Olinger Chapel Hill, 6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO 80121. A funeral service will take place at Olinger Chapel Hill on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:00 am. A celebration of life reception will follow the service from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.olingerchapelhill.com for the Jabs family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Peter Jabs
  • Eric Jabs
  • Mason Robertson
  • Keith Robertson
  • Jaime Navarez

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Memories

Barbara A. Jabs "Sweetie"

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Gail Cruter

October 17, 2019

It was so nice to have known Barbara. I met her when she came with Pete to the Englewood Library to the UFO interest group meetings. She was always cheerful and friendly and participated in the discussions. I know she was there because of Peter's interest in the subject, but she was always cordial. My sincere condolences to the family. She was very much a lady and will be missed.

Jennifer Wolgemuth

October 14, 2019

I remember being 7 or so and playing with Ami at Barb's house, accidentally making Ernie spill wine on his shirt by jumping on him while he was lying on the couch. And Barb sat with me in the kitchen, wiped away my tears, and made Ernie apologize for yelling out in surprise. I always appreciated she came to my defense, even when I was clearly at fault.

And I remember the night Ami and I went trick-or-treating in blizzard conditions and came home to a specially made hot beverage from Barb -- with a kick.

She always sat through our 'Ami and Jenni Shows,' and if that's not love, I don't know what is.

And later -- maybe as her daughter I would have felt... ambivalent -- but I loved the post-it-notes Barb left up around the house. Her way, I presumed, of saying she cared -- that she was there and paying attention. Her notes always made me feel secure.

Above all, I will never forget Barb's laugh. In some ways that laugh is Barb to me. It captures and conveys her joy, humor, and love of music all at once. I treasure her laugh as a reminder of how much she was an important part of my and so many others' lives.

Don Robertson

October 13, 2019

My deepest sympathies. Barbara was so loved and during this time of sorrow if there is any comfort it is in knowing that the intensity of your grief is a reflection of the depth your love.

Mary Ward

October 13, 2019

We are encircling you all with our love. Ami, it is because of your graciousness during a difficult time in my life I met your mom. I needed a place to stay in Duluth while my daughter was unexpectedly hospitalized. Unbeknowst to me, your mom was visiting but you and Keith and Babs made a few adjustments and welcomed me. When I arrived at your house, your mom enveloped me, a stranger, in her arms and said, "Now, now, Sweetie, you are not alone." I felt at peace, safe and secure.
I know I'm not there right now to envelope you in my arms with a hug but oh Sweetie, you are not alone...
May God bless you now and in the days to come with peace, comfort, and love. Love always, Mary and David Ward

Ann (Robertson) Streed

October 13, 2019

Barbara's grandson, Mason, is my nephew (I am one of Keith's Minnesota siblings). Throughout Mason's childhood, his "Minnesota grandparents" had the joy of seeing Mason grow through the many photos Barbara would send to them. Barbara knew that, later in their lives, distance and fraility of aging prevented my parents from visiting Ami, Keith, and Mason; I will always be grateful for her thoughtfulness in keeping our families connected through that photographic timeline.

Abby Sanders

October 13, 2019

We are saddened to hear about Babs. Our thoughts and prayers along with a giant hug sent your way. Please know you all have the best guardian angel, watching and embracing you now and forever.
All our love and support,
Abby, Joe, Kara and Bennett Sanders

Bucatini Bucatini

October 13, 2019

Our thoughts are with you, Ami, Keith and Mason. We love you and hold you in our hearts. With love, from part of the Mpls Tribe, Tini & Buc

Lenora O'Connor

October 13, 2019

We spent time with Barbara and her family as my husband was also in the memory care at Brookdale Meridian. The picture is so Barbara. She always had a smile for everyone and even a little joke. She always looked so elegant and loved her hats. We always enjoyed seeing the family, especially Sunday brunches and Bronco games. My husband passed away in June and Ami, Keith and Mason were so helpful to me; I am so grateful to them. Everyone loved the family and they will all be missed at the Meridian. I hope the family finds comfort in knowing that. My condolences and prayers are with you. Lenora O'Connor

T. Titus

October 12, 2019

Barbara was a really special person who would come to my church. She was always cheerful and friendly. She had a great smile and even her laughter sounded musical. It was really special to see all these great pictures of her with her family through out the years it felt like visiting an old friend all over again and to learn that she was also a school teacher was awesome. I love the Star Wars picture with her and her children. Thank-you for sharing such personal photos with everyone. I am sure she is singing in heaven with Jesus.

Terri

Bill & Patty Younce

October 11, 2019

Barbara was our neighbor for over 30 years. We will never forget her infectious laugh and her Christmas season gifts of pecans and walnuts along with her religious cards citing a psalm from the bible; And with the Christmas card, she would always include a picture of her grandson, Mason, who she was so very proud of! We will remember her smiling, laughing, sharing and her caring for others ... R.I.P. Barbara

Our prayers to Ami, Keith and Mason

Bill & Patty Younce

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