Barbara Kline Craig

December 10, 1934September 13, 2020

Social justice warrior, survivor, and world adventurer Barbara Craig set off for her next trip on Sunday, September 13th.

She is survived by her daughters: Caroline Overcash, Sharon Craig, and Janet Jackson, and by her grandchildren: Noah Overcash and Abbigail Jackson; and countless friends and extended family. We all share a heavy loss of support, love and an example to live by.


She conquered the world and did it with love, compassion and empathy. She had a full life, lived at any phase triumphant. A mother, she was awesome. A social worker who sought value in and recognized society's often overlooked, as actual human beings, so mother multiplied. An advocate, a helper, or a force to be reckoned with if you were not of the same mindset. An artist, who brought beauty to our world and recognized the beauty others' contributed, from the masters to someone she saw promise in on the street. A genuine, beautiful soul. She knew the world was bigger than her house, her block, her neighborhood, state or country. She traveled and explored, cane in hand, never tired of learning, of conquering, of connecting. She decorated her home with trinkets of what she learned and loved along the way; 41 countries, and most of the states. At 85 she still had a trip planned. Resilient, undeterred.

Barbara's spirit animal is the wise owl. Her life dedicated to learning, helping and sharing wisdom. Her back porch visits were always available and priceless.

A mom can't live forever, but she can through the lives she touched and the wisdom she imparted.

We lost an angel on earth, but we have all gained an angel in Heaven. Rest assured World, she will have an opinion about this and she will be observing.

Be Kind

In lieu of flowers or if you want to honor her, or if you are just mad about this and you want to do something, give donations to:

Heifer International

Democratic Party

Joe Biden

Or at least vote, and consider an alternative to what is currently in place.

Due to the current Covid-19 conditions, and out of concern for Barbara's friends, a memorial service will be held at a later date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Barbara Kline Craig

have a memory or condolence to add?

Sharon Hatch

September 15, 2020

To Barbara, who dedicated her life to social justice, raised 3 fine daughters, and had fun along the way: you will be remembered for the love you gave and the light you shined. Rest easy. Per your wishes I will be voting as soon as I post this.

LeAnne Poole

September 15, 2020

Barbara will be so missed by all of her TOPS family. She was always encouraging us to try new foods and sharing her recipes with us. She always shared her stories with me about when she would travel and when covid was over, we had a project planned to make a bird seed catcher for my bird cage. She was so knowledgeable in everything that she did and taught me so much. I will miss my dear friend that taught me so many things over the years. She loved her girls.

Sending prayers to her children and grandchildren.

LeAnne Poole

Mona Jones

September 15, 2020

Always looked forward to our monthly luncheons with the "cane brigade" over the past 13 years. Can it have been that long? Not long enough. We all met at Water Aerobics at Harbison Rec Center where she eventually became an instructor. Always loved her classes which included Yoga poses. The best.

She was always there to encourage and support everyone. She was forever expanding her abilities and knowledge and was a faithful advocate that others could do the same. I'm sorry she won't be able to vote in the upcoming election because she was very interested in politics and kept up with the news. My husband says she's probably trying to find a way even now.

We stayed in touch every day since this Covid thing has disrupted our lives. She was definitely a people person and it was especially hard for her living alone. She would encourage you to stay in touch with family and friends, particularly those older folks who may be trapped at home alone.

The last time I saw Barbara we brought her some Tom Yum soup because it was her favorite and she loved Thai food. She was waiting in the yard for her driveway delivery and was so excited. It doesn't take much to make the day special for others. Thailand was one of her favorite places she had visited. I'll always remember her with that big smile and eagerness to experience something different. She was a very special person and I'll always cherish her friendship.


Learn more about the Craig name