OBITUARY

Barbara Bernadette Roper

April 22, 1938February 20, 2021

“Jesus, I trust in you!”

Our beloved Barbara Roper, 82, passed away at her home in Grand Prairie, TX, on February 20, 2021. She was born into a Catholic, Polish-American family on April 22, 1938, in Chicago, IL, to Mary (Pyrek) and Edward Nazimek, followed by sister Louise and brother Eddie Jr.

Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel V. Roper, sister, Louise Vial, and parents Mary and Edward Nazimek. Left behind to treasure and cherish her memory are children Mary Roper Couture (Randy Hancock) and Henry A. Roper (Yulan), grandson Bryan Couture (Joelle), great grandchildren Paige Meador, Michael Meador, and Lauren Couture, brother Edward Nazimek, Jr. (Marie) of Schaumburg, IL., brother-in-law Gregory Vial, niece Harriet Vial Brock, and many nephews, cousins, and friends.

The joyful celebration of Barbara’s life will be at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Grand Prairie on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The viewing will begin at 8:45am with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 9:00am. The Mass is at 9:30am with Father Joseph Trinh. Burial will follow at Southland Cemetery in Grand Prairie.

Whether you called her “Busia” (Polish for Grandmother), “Auntie Barbara”, “Barbara” or “Mrs. Roper”, one thing is certain - you were reverently prayed for. Barbara always reminded us that the Lord will provide and that our angels are with us through it all – just call on them.

Barbara’s life of gratitude was shaped by 16 years of Catholic education. She was a naval officer in Corpus Christi, TX, where she met her husband Sam, a career naval officer. After Sam’s retirement in 1969, the family moved to Grand Prairie, TX. In

1971, Barbara started a new career in teaching (one she thought she’d never do!) that lasted more than 18+ years.

Barbara loved singing joyfully to the Lord, was a Consolation Minister, and compassionately led Adult Bible Study. She was a member of the Council of Catholic Women and a 30+-year Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

Serving as pallbearers are: Senior Chief Randy Hancock, Michael Meador, Dr. Daniel Roper, Jr., Jose Escalante, Jr., Reverend Angela Stone-Campbell, Lieutenant Peter Clark

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception School (400 NE 17th, Grand Prairie, TX 75050) or Holy Name School (433 Jackson St, Ketchikan, AK 99901.)

Family and friends are invited to share memories, including “Mrs. Roper said” stories, in the memorial guest book at Grand Prairie Funeral Home, www.dignitymemorial.com.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Senior Chief Randy Hancock, Active
  • Michael Meador, Active
  • Dr. Daniel Roper, Jr., Active
  • Jose Escalante, Jr., Active
  • Reverend Angela Stone-Campbell, Active
  • Lieutenant Peter Clark, Active

Services

25 February

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

9:00 am

St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

2910 Corn Valley Rd
Grand Prairie, Texas 75052

25 February

Funeral Mass

9:30 am - 10:30 am

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

2910 Corn Valley Road
Grand Prairie, TX 75052

25 February

Graveside Service

Southland Memorial Park

1100 SW 3rd St.
Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Memories

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The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

February 24, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. Though we know she has gone home to God, it is still difficult for the loved ones left behind. Barbara and her family and friends are in our thoughts during this difficult time. The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth are praying for all of you, now and always.

Deborah Barragan Kelch

February 24, 2021

Mrs. Roper was a dear friend who truly loved and cared about people. She was so kind and generous and I appreciate the way she was always there for me and my family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karin Robinson

February 24, 2021

Mrs. Roper used to write "BE AWARE" on the chalkboard everyday.

When you are a child you can't fathom how valuable that advice will be throughout your life.

Mrs. Roper always tried to make things more creative and interesting when teaching us.

She would do small things that meant so much ... like bringing in Dunkin' Donuts munchkins for us on Mardi Gras for our "King cake" ...on her Catholic school salary.

She was a GREAT ONE that will be greatly missed.🙏

Esmeralda Rodriguez

February 23, 2021

My deepest condolences all the family and friends. Barbara was truly a servant leader. She was sweet, caring and giving. I loved how she treated me and others at St. Michael's church. A big thank you to all the family for sharing Barbara with us. Esmeralda Rodriguez

Mary Ann Gomez

February 23, 2021

Dear Mary, Henry and Bryan,
So sorry to hear about Barbara.
Her smile, kindness and thoughtfulness
always made a person feel special.
I don't think there was ever a time when I saw her upset.
Her laughter and words were always
a great way to start my day.
She was a wonderful lady. May she RIP.
My condolences to all of you.

Lisa Griggs-Hughes

February 23, 2021

Mrs. Roper made a huge impression on my life. As my sixth grade teacher, I learned how to be a good student and a good human being. She was always so much fun and made learning fun, especially when we got to bring food for historic occasions/celebrations. I will always be grateful that our lives crossed paths ❤️

Christine Wallace

February 23, 2021

I was sad to hear the news of Mrs. Roper's passing. We all have been touched by her kind heart and loving spirit in oneway or another.

She was loving in helping with anything, we would need in our younger years at ICS. I remember having to do the reading at school mass and if we didn't know how to say something, we would ask her. Then, she would make you stand there and repeat it 3 times until you got it right. Texas History Class was always our favorite and couldn't wait until we got to dress up as our Texas person. Our heritage day to bring our favorite dish we made. (Mom Made)!

From the rides to and from school, church and basketball game at fair park, I'm sure my mom got an ear full about one or all of us. From the GOOD to the BAD!! But her laughter and smile would always set things straight by the time we got to your driveway.

She was such a loving teacher, mentor and Mom. I wouldn't be who I am today without her faith in Jesus. What a Godly Woman. Need I say more!

Henry and Mary, Thank you for sharing your Mom with us for all these years. Her students were her kids too and I'm glad to have been one of them. Heaven has gained a special angel and until we meet again, rest Oh servant of God, your time is done here on earth.

Love you

Christine Martin Wallace

Linda Barragan

February 23, 2021

Dear Mary, Henry, and Bryan,

Barbara was a dear family friend. We loved her. She was the most positive person I have known. She was there for me countless of times. Her faith in God and in the angels who watched over us was unwavering. Her smile was contagious, warm and friendly. When she moved to Alaska, I still heard from her and through you, Mary.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs from afar.

Ann Searcey

February 22, 2021

Mary,

My condolences to you and your family. I always remember your sweet little momma with her precious smile and gentleness about her. When I think of your Mom I also think of Auntie Louise. There is nothing like the special bond you both shared.
My thoughts are with you during these difficult times.

Ann

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY