Barbara Jeanne Prince
December 14, 1938 – February 7, 2020
Barbara Jeanne Prince of Charlotte, NC passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 unexpectantly.
She was born on December 14, 1938 in Elizabeth, NJ and is the daughter of Warren Tilson Scott and Marjorie Jeannette Nelson Scott, formerly of Mountainside, NJ. Barbara graduated from Battin High School in Elizabeth, NJ and then furthered her education by graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Bethany College in 1960. She taught fourth grade in the Plainfield, NJ school system and later did some substitute teaching in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.
She was adored by her husband, Art Prince, who asked her to go steady shortly after meeting her the first time during her freshmen year of college. Art wrote his mother after the 2nd date that he found the girl he was going to marry. He also bribed a fellow student to sit in Barbara’s seat at weekly convocation so that she would have to take the seat next to Art. They went on to date steady all four years at Bethany College where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity and was the sweetheart (KA Rose) of his Kappa Alpha fraternity. Barbara spent 72 days on travel abroad to Europe (college tour) in her junior year of college. Her boyfriend wrote her a letter every day and she received them throughout her travels. When asked by their children how she received a letter at each location we learned that Dad knew her itinerary and had sent them on ahead to make sure she knew he was thinking about her. Art even stayed back an extra year at college for her. Barbara and Art were married Christmas Eve and honeymooned in the Poconos. They were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary later this year. Over the years the Princes lived in various places in New Jersey including Plainfield, Chatham, Basking Ridge, and later settled down in Charlotte, NC in 1972 and have been here ever since.
The joy of Barbara’s life was her family. Having been a teacher at heart she was always working with us at home on reading and writing and loved helping us with history projects. She always took the time to have one on one time with each of us growing up and made sure we got a book read and a kiss goodnight. If you were lucky to spend the night at our house you probably got one too. Holidays and birthdays were special events at our house and that love was passed onto her own children. Phone calls from her usually started with “Hi this is Mom,” as if somehow, we did not recognize this woman’s voice on the phone and always ended with, “I love you - will talk to you later and bye bye.” Our mom always ended our calls stating that she loved us as if we did not know that from all the years she had poured it into us.
Barbara did have interests outside her home and family. If shopping was a sport she would have lettered in it. Mom was always coming home from the store with something in a bag. It was her favorite pastime. I think it gave her special time just for herself. Her son-in-laws will tell you that her daughters come by it naturally. You knew it was her when she was out and about when you saw that special license plate tag on the back of her car that read “BJ&Art”. The loving nicknames of our parents. She loved playing tennis and could be found playing doubles at the Huntingtowne Farms Tennis & Swim Club or later at the indoor courts. Barbara had a mean volley and back hand swing and heaven help you if she was playing up at the net. Additionally, she had two bridge groups she was actively involved in with friendships she fostered for years as well as her involvement with her swim friends at Marion Diehl pool. We lovingly called her the social butterfly. She participated in the New Neighbors League and Huntingtowne Farms Neighborhood Luncheon group over the years and also enjoyed her time and friendships made in the social organization, Red Hat Society. Barbara was also the scorekeeper for her daughter’s softball teams for 8 years and was both a Girl Scout & Cub Scout Troop Leader.
Our mother was a lover of history and country. She could talk you a blue streak about genealogy and usually did at holidays and birthday parties which we adored and looked forward to. Our parents traveled around the US unlocking our family’s history. She longed to know who came before her and honoring their memory. Barbara was a docent at the Hezekiah Alexander Home and the Mint Museum in Charlotte which are preserved through the efforts of the area chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution whom she was a member of. She was an active member of the National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century where she held various positions including President of the Governor John Archdale chapter and also belonged to the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.
Barbara loved to travel like her parents. Her children lovingly nicknamed their parents the Griswolds from the Vacation movies if that gives you a sense of their adventures. As a family they would travel in the pop-up camper and later the travel trailer being pulled by a very yellow suburban. We loved our annual summer vacations to Myrtle Beach, SC but also visited almost every state park across the continental United States and even spent 90 days traveling our country and into Mexico and Canada. My parents also loved to travel up to the New England area. In later years, our parents had travels to Alaska (cruise and land tour) and internationally on a Baltic Sea cruise (Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Norway, Russia, Scotland), European land tour (England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy), Panama Canal (both ways), Bermuda, Jamaica, Caribbean Islands, and Bahamas.
Barbara’s love of children and teaching lent itself to her starting a pre-school program (Mothers Morning Out) at various churches in the Charlotte area including Sharon Presbyterian Church where we attended, as well as Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church.
My mother never met a stranger as she would be the first person to start a conversation in line and she genuinely wanted to know you. You were lucky if you got her annual Christmas card as she had great penmanship and could write the nicest thank you notes you ever received. She was an amazing cook and loved to make cakes for her friends on special occasions. We will truly miss her rum cake, ice-box cake, and Christmas cookies as well as her picture taking abilities. We will also miss her letters and love notes we received in the mail monthly with articles she thought we would enjoy or help us somehow as well as coupons and box tops for education for our children’s schools.
She is survived by her loving husband Arthur E. Prince, Jr, and their three children, Cheryl Lynn Verrico and husband Steve of Waxhaw, NC, Virginia “Ginger” Lee Villanti, and husband Tom of Huntersville, NC, and Andrew Scott Prince and his fiancé Janae of Pineville, NC. She always said how lucky she was to have her 3 children living close by so that allowed her quality time with her 6 grandchildren who are Jacqueline Verrico, Bethany Villanti, Brett Verrico, Jillian Villanti, Theresa Clark, and Amber Prince. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Edythe Krape of Stuart, FL and many nieces and nephews who loved Aunt Barbara.
“Nana,” as she was called by her youngest fans, loved her grandchildren and they adored her. You could find her over the years at graduations of various grade levels, watching school theatre performances, chorus, and band concerts, HYAA and LNC basketball games, soccer games as well as even attending a mother’s day tea when her grandchild’s mother was away on a business trip. She was the instant babysitter when needed and traveled to Virginia and stayed for several weeks to assist her daughters after the birth of her grandchildren. We were fortunate to spend quality time as a family over the years almost every month as there was always a special birthday or family event or holiday to celebrate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s honor to the organizations she supported including Wounded Warriors (www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Crisis Assistance Ministry (www.crisisassistance.org). Her daughter is also very active with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society whom Barbara supported annually through the Light the Night walk (www.lls.org).
On-line condolences may be shared at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.
- Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
- Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020
Barbara Jeanne Prince
February 19, 2020
BARBARA AND I ATTENDED CLASSES AT MARION DIEHL SENIOR CENTER. FOR MANY YEARS WE WERE POOL MATES IN HYDROMANIA CLASSES (WATER AEROBICS). BARBARA ARRANGED SOCIALS AWAY FROM THE POOL FOR THE ENTIRE CLASS. SHE WAS VERY PATRIOTIC AND DEARLY LOVED THE UNITED STATES AND NEW JERSEY, "THE GARDEN STATE.'"
SHE LOVED HER HUSBAND, ART; HER CHILDREN; AND HER GRANDCHILDREN. SHE AND I TALKED A LOT ABOUT ASU, BOONE, NC AS HER GRANDDAUGHTER WAS A STUDENT THERE AND MY DAUGHTER, REBA AND GRANDDAUGHTER, SLOANE HAD,ATTENDED ASU. I AM ALREADY MISSING HER. RIP BARBARA UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. MY HEART IS BROKEN!!
February 15, 2020
My dearest Mom,
This is not the day I had planned to spend with you as we were supposed to be at the NC ZTA day. I loved that we got to share time together over the years through ZTA and going to events with Colonial Dames 17th Century.
The outpouring of love for you and our family was evident today by the long lines of friends in attendance.
I think you would have been proud of your loving husband and 3 children and our extended families today. We worked really hard as a team to put together a celebration of your life.
I stood up today and spoke about how you stood by me all of those years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer. It was a tough time for both of us but will always be remembered as the “Tom & Mom” time as you were there with us when Tom proposed to me. You once said that children are on loan from God and if he choose to call me home you would be ok as you knew you had loved me with your whole heart. I feel the same way about you Mom.
You are and always will be loved and I can’t wait to see you again someday.
Zeta Love And Mine,
February 15, 2020
Barbara and I took an Aquatics Class together at Marion Deahl. We preferred the deeper water and hung out mostly next to each other. She would organize breakfast get-togethers at Carolina Prime whenever the pool was closed usually during holidays. We would bring food items or a check to give to the local food panty which she would deliver following. Barbara would bring a sweet story, or read a history that would be appropriate for the day we had breakfast. She always had a treat, plus a copy of what she read. near our place at the table. If someone was ill or had a birthday, she would bring a card to the pool for everyone to sign. She was the most thoughtful person ever.
February 15, 2020
What a wonderful celebration for our mom, Barbara!
I wish you could have seen the outpouring of love your way!! From all of the flowers, to the names of people coming to pay their respects, and to the beautiful comments and sentiments made on your behalf! You are SO loved by SO many!!! The place was filled with love of so many friends of yours: Ladies With Red Hats, Colonial Dames - 17th Century, Swim Group, Bridge Group, Daughters of the American Colonists, Daughters of the American Revolution, and of course your immediate family, along with nephew Doug Franks and wife, Jutta!
Then there were Cheryl and Steve’s Charlotte Jaycees, Wine Group, college friends, neighbors and out of town friends. Ginger and Tom had friends there too from various times and parts of her life as well as Andy’s!
Mom, it was a beautiful day and sunny - I just want you to know that the outpouring of love bestowed upon you today, was due to how much you gave to others and invested in them!!! You are SO loved!
My heart breaks today, as I love and miss you mom! However, seeing how much you were loved, makes the pain more bearable and warms my heart!❤️
I love you Mommy!
Cheryl Lynn Prince Verrico
Brian and Monique Worley
February 14, 2020
Barb was such a creative, hospitable and thoughtful lady. She always rolled out the red carpet service in everything she did. She was always cheerful and loving every time you saw her. She will be missed by many I’m sure and our thoughts and prayers go out to Art, Cheryl, Ginger, Andy , spouses and kids during this time of loss. May your many wonderful memories comfort you.
February 14, 2020
We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved mom and nana. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
The Purucker Family
February 13, 2020
On behalf of the Piedmont Patriots Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapter, we send our condolences to the family of Barbara Prince. She served our Chapter well as Recording Secretary and National Defense Chair. She was a very active member of our society and she will be truly missed.
Jona Wright, Regent
Louise B Chamberlain
February 12, 2020
The John Lawson, Surveyor General Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists sends our deepest sympathies to the family of our beloved daughter, Barbara Scott Prince. She was a devoted member of our chapter for over 15 years.
In DAC friendship and love,
Louise Burchett Chamberlain
February 12, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Barbara's family--especially Art and her children. She was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Barb was a very thoughtful friend and passionate about what she believed in. I will always have fond memories of our friendship.
February 10, 2020
The members of the Fort San Juan Chapter
Colonial Dames XVll send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Barbara Jeanne Prince, who was dedicated to our heritage.
Bobbie Cannon Motley
Chaplain: Fort San Juan Chapter