OBITUARY

Barbara "Barb" (Griffin) FARRELL

April 6, 1935October 7, 2020

Barbara "Barb" (Griffin) FARRELL, age 85, of Seminole, Florida passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Barb was born April 6, 1935.

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Barbara "Barb" (Griffin) FARRELL

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Steve Whalen

October 20, 2020

I have known Barbara since the start of my friendship with her son Ian which began in the early eighties. Barbara had a rye sense of humor and seemed to get my mine as well (her smirk and laugh said it all). I always enjoyed my conversations with Barbara, especially when it was about her fossil finds and next adventure. She was a one-of-a-kind person who will be sorely missed. Barbara's children are her wonderful legacy.

Chris Kroot

October 20, 2020

This wonderful woman was very unique. Smart, funny, and beautiful inside and out. I had the extreme pleasure of going on several fossil digs with her. We always had special times laughing, eating and lots of hiking and digging. It was something she absolutely loved to do. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful for amateur's like me. I loved her and will miss hearing her voice and her e-mails! She was quite special and I'm grateful for the moments she was in my life.

Sue Samies

October 20, 2020

I met BARBARA in the mid 1990’s on a fossil dig in Ruskin, Fl. Little did I know then, that she would become such an important and cherished friend in my life. Very quickly we bonded, how could one not bond with Barb! She was intelligent, energetic, charming, quick witted, and very passionate about many things in life. Fossils, cats, animals of any kind, art, opera..and I could go on and on. I believe her greatest passion was her children and grandchildren of whom she spoke of often.

I feel fortunate that she, myself ,Marti Sullivan and Nancy Mathura
enjoyed Twenty wonderful fossil hunting years together. Barb decided to name our hunting group SuMarBaNa Badlands Babes, the first couple of letters of each of our names! So cute and creative and is what we are known as in the badlands!

I am sad but feel fortunate to have known her and enjoyed such a close friendship. I will forever miss her wit, energy and zest for life.

I have photos I would like to share as they represent how I will remember Barb but unable to upload for some reason, if comes through will add with another note. They are memorable because Reveals her passion and strength while fossil hunting.

Will miss you Barb, I know you are happy and pain free. Hugs and kisses my dear friend😘

Sue Samies

Kathy Coleman

October 20, 2020

I am Sue Samies‘ roommate. One day years ago, she asked me to come with her to her friend Barbara’s house. That’s when I met one of the most , interesting, energetic, welcoming persons of my life. She was funny, very knowledgeable about her fossils, and had a house I just loved. It was quite a showcase. Over the years we had many get togethers and lots of laughs. I’d always make them deviled eggs when they fossiled locally and Barb rewarded me with the recipe for her Uncle Marty cake. The catch was from then on I had to make one whenever we were going to see each other. She was an amazing woman whose strength, wit and love of life I will always remember. God bless you all.

Margaret Hyde

October 19, 2020

One of my favorite friends. Barb had so many interests. When she moved to West Virginia, she set about fixing it up and I am sure she made a profit when she sold it. Then she hunted and dug up a fantastic fossil collection. It is priceless. She was a hit everywhere she went.

Rachael Worthington

October 18, 2020

Erin, Ian and Kelly, I am so sad to read this notice of your Mom’s passing in today’s paper. I have many wonderful memories of your Mom whom I met through teaching piano to Erin. When she moved from her home on Navarez , I’ve tried to locate her many times. My deepest condolences to all of you. Barb was unique, wonderful, brilliant, big hearted, always fun to be with, a supportive friend and always there for her furry friends. There really are no words to describe her. Please let me know when you have a service for her.
I am so sorry for your loss,
Rachael Worthington

FROM THE FAMILY

For many years, Barb was a seasoned volunteer at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where she was on the stranding team.

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FROM THE FAMILY

The "Badlands Babes" were Nancy Mathura, Sue Samies, Marti Sullivan and Barb. They took fossil trips together for 20 years to hunt fossils.

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Gramma Barb and her granddaughter Teagan enjoying a dinner out during a visit in September 2019.

FROM THE FAMILY

For many years, Barb was a seasoned volunteer at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where she was on the stranding team.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

The "Badlands Babes" were Nancy Mathura, Sue Samies, Marti Sullivan and Barb. They took fossil trips together for 20 years to hunt fossils.

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Gramma Barb and her granddaughter Teagan enjoying a dinner out during a visit in September 2019.

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Gramma Barb with her granddaughters Teagan and Ryan (Erin's daughters)

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Gramma Barb with her granddaughter Ryan and her daughter Erin. She probably had just made some raunchy comment to make us laugh.

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Barb and her oldest son Ian.

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Born in the spring of 1935 to Martin and Constance Griffin, Barbara was the second of three children and the only girl. Their family moved frequently during her childhood, but ultimately landed in Shore Acres in St. Petersburg. Barbara graduated from St. Paul’s High School in St. Petersburg in 1953. She received her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Tampa, and her Master’s from USF. In addition to raising three children, she worked as an elementary school teacher for 26 years at Safety Harbor Elementary School and Leila G. Davis Elementary School.

Barb spent her retirement years traveling with her husband Joe and with her fossiling friends “The Badland Babes” to hunt fossils twice a year. She was also a regular volunteer at the SPCA and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where she served on the stranding team. She was also an active member of the Suncoast Conchologist Club.

Her friends and family will miss her quick wit, her mischievous green eyes, her generous spirit, her boundless energy, and her positive disposition. She is survived by her three children, 4 granddaughters and one beloved great granddaughter. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Farrell and her brothers, Martin Griffin and William Griffin. A celebration of Barb’s colorful life will be scheduled at a later date when it is safe to gather. In lieu of flowers, Barb has requested that memorial donations be made to Second Chance for Strays at secondchanceforstrays.com PO Box 5032 Clearwater, FL 33758.

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