OBITUARY

Mary Evelyn Conner Barbour

March 3, 1927June 6, 2019
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Mary Evelyn Barbour, 92, passed away on Thursday, June 6th at her home. Mary was born in Roanoke, Virginia, one of eleven children of Isaac and Ila Poff Conner. She was married to John L. Barbour, Jr. for 72 years. She attended William Byrd High School in Vinton, Virginia. She worked for and retired from Guilford County Social Services after 25 years of service. She served as a Foster Parent for the Children’s Home Society and cared for over twenty infants. Mary always placed her family first and looked forward to time spent with them. Besides her love of family, Mary loved the Lord. He guided her daily and was a constant source of comfort. Her passions were flower gardening, a love of nature, working puzzles, and quilting She was loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, who will be deeply missed. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband, J.L., two brothers and four sisters. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children; David (Cathy), Jane (Larry), Anne (Tommy), John III (Elizabeth), eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; sisters, Mable Smallwood, Betty Andrews, Norma Jean Thomas, and many beloved nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, June 15th, at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel, Greensboro, NC. Visitation will be at 10:00 am with the service immediately following at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park. Light refreshments and fellowship to follow after the interment in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhsedgefield.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, June 15, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial at Guilford Memorial Park

Memories

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Derrick Fields

June 13, 2019

My Sincere Condolences to the entire Barbour Family, Mrs. Barbour was my neighbor when I moved into the Cliffwood community in 2010. She was the first to welcome me by ringing my doorbell and greeting me with a magical warm smile. She took time to give me history of the community and the house I had just moved into. Being one of the first pioneering families of the neighborhood she shared so much insight. Mr. Barbour who was waving from the car made me feel just as welcomed .He always had a friendly joke or a kind comment about my yard. Me being a passionate yardman they both admired my labor and details to landscaping. Mrs. Barbour always commented on how much she loved my day Lillies . I will miss her gentle spirit and warm smile as she drove by waving . May god comfort each of the family members. she was a special Lady.

David Barbour

June 12, 2019

I will forever remember the excitement my Mom displayed when we came to visit her. Her eyes would light up and her smile just shone. It was a look of love, and we all loved her back. When it came time to leave, she would stand at the door waving bye to us until we and she were out of sight. We always honked the horn all the way down the road to let her know we were still thinking of her and still waving ourselves. Our children always adored their grandma and came to realize what a special person she was.

It is still hard to believe she is gone, and that the world keeps spinning on its axis. It just seems as though the world should cease to exist without her. I will always cherish the memory of her soft, gentle example and the lessons we learned while growing up in our home. She never spoke ill of anyone, which is almost unheard of, and she loved us fiercely. We love you, Mama, and just hope we can in some ways be the example to our children that you were to us. Goodbye, sweet lady.

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Biography

Mary Evelyn Barbour, 92, passed away on Thursday, June 6th at her home. Mary was born in Roanoke, Virginia, one of eleven children of Isaac and Ila Poff Conner. She was married to John L. Barbour, Jr. for 72 years.
She attended William Byrd High School in Vinton, Virginia. She worked for and retired from Guilford County Social Services after 25 years of service. She served as a Foster Parent for the Children’s Home Society and cared for over twenty infants.
Mary always placed her family first and looked forward to time spent with them. Besides her love of family, Mary loved the Lord. He guided her daily and was a constant source of comfort. Her passions were flower gardening, a love of nature, working puzzles, and quilting She was loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, who will be deeply missed. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband, J.L., two brothers and four sisters.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children; David (Cathy), Jane (Larry), Anne (Tommy), John III (Elizabeth), eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; sisters, Mable Smallwood, Betty Andrews, Norma Jean Thomas, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, June 15th, at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel, Greensboro, NC. Visitation will be at 10:00 am with the service immediately following at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park. Light refreshments and fellowship to follow after the interment in the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhsedgefield.com