Barbara Ruth MacBriar

January 26, 1948January 7, 2021

Born January 26, 1948 in Appleton, Wisconsin and died January 7, 2021 of Covid-19 in Lansing, Michigan at the age of 72.

She is predeceased by her parents Wallace N. MacBriar Jr. and Susan R. MacBriar. She is survived by her brother Thomas S. MacBriar (Luanne Brown) and her sister Robin M. MacBriar (Craig Hutchinson), and her nephews and niece Nicholas Hutchinson (David Hoffman), Katherine MacBriar (David Wein), Ryan MacBriar (Tishina), and Alexander MacBriar (Diana Vu), and many grand nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1970, a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979, and a doctoral degree from Marquette University in 1986. She worked as a nurse in Milwaukee specializing in orthopedics and pediatrics. At the end of her career, she taught nursing students for many years at the University of Wisconsin-EauClaire.

Through her life she had many well-loved pets. She loved to surround herself with things bright and colorful.

No funeral service or memorial is planned.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Burcham Hills Retirement Community and of Sparrow Hospital for their dedicated care and support.

Condolences can be sent to Robin MacBriar, 5990 Shadowlawn Ct., East Lansing, MI 48823 or Thomas MacBriar, 19224 Lago Pl NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (


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Barbara Ruth MacBriar

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