OBITUARY

Barbara Lynn DeMarcus Miller

December 12, 1935August 9, 2018
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Barbara Lynn DeMarcus Miller, age 82 of Ocean Springs, MS, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2018. She was a loving daughter, wife, sister and aunt. To know her was to love her for her sweet and caring way. She will be greatly missed by all. Preceded in death by parents, James and Ethel DeMarcus and 4 brothers. Survived by husband, Otis L. "Bill" Miller; sisters, Sue (George) Miller and Pat Shipman; special aunt, Edna Ellenburg; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends. Family will have a Celebration of Life Service, Saturday at 2:00 pm at Weaver Funeral Home.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Barbara Lynn DeMarcus Miller

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Jennifer Stringfield

August 10, 2018

I have so many memories with my Aunt Barbara. I loved going to her house when we were kids; she would always paint my toenails and put the pretty, bright colored ribbons in my hair plus she never got mad at me for drinking her wine when she left the room LOL. Now as an adult I got to take my own kids to spend time with Aunt Barbara and make special memories that they will remember forever just like me. You will be truly missed but never forgotten ......we promise. I love you so much and so glad to have had you as long as I did.

terri demarcus

August 9, 2018

Words cannot express the sorrow we are feeling in our hearts today as we mourn the loss of such an extra special person. Our Aunt Barbara. She was the most loving, caring, kindest , most generous person I have ever seen. Simply put....she was THE BEST ! Our hearts and prayers are with you, Aunt Sue, Aunt Tricia, Uncle Bill and the rest of the family, as we too feel the pain. She will be forever live in our hearts and our memories,
Terri, Donnie, Chris, Steven and Andrew

Tiffany Simpson

August 9, 2018

Aunt Barbara was my Great Aunt! She will be greatly missed but she is no longer in pain! It was an honor to be her Great Neice and she will always be in my heart! I am so grateful for the time I was able to spend with her! Fly high sweet angel! I love you
-Tiffany Simpson <3

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Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Barbara Lynn DeMarcus Miller. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Barbara was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

      Barbara was born at home in Andersonville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of James and Ethel DeMarcus. Barbara was raised in Andersonville. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Barbara was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Barbara's personality throughout her life.

      Though Barbara was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Barbara was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Barbara worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Barbara was raised with six siblings. She had four younger brothers, Mack, James Wesley,Don and Lonnie and two younger sisters, Sue and Pat. Barbara and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Barbara was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Barbara was always tactful. One thing Barbara will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Barbara had a number of interests and was an active child.

      For Barbara, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Barbara was also adept at details. Barbara was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Horace Maynard High School in 1953. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      There was one thing that all of Barbara's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Barbara was such a popular person throughout her life. But Barbara was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Barbara was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Barbara was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Barbara was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Barbara was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Barbara made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of her best friends were Ella Mae Woods, Ruth Branum and Charlene Weaver. Later in life, she became friends with Laurie Burton and many others.

      Barbara was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Barbara cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On September 4, 1955 Barbara married Otis Lee Miller at her parent's home in Heiskell, Tennessee. Compassionate and devoted, Barbara worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Taking her work seriously came naturally to Barbara, and she expected the same from those around her. Barbara was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Barbara was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Barbara handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was housewife. She was employed for 20 years with Southern Bell. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

Barbara's favorite pass times were spending time with family and friends and going to her favorite casinos. Barbara also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite sport whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was Nascar.

      Not only did Barbara enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included trips out West and family visits in Tennessee.

      Barbara was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Two of her favorites were Peppy and Pebbles, terriers, who were her best friends for ten years.

      Since it was easy for Barbara to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. In retirement, she found pleasure in having more time to visit her favorite casinos. Even in retirement, Barbara stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances.

      Barbara passed away on August 9, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her husband, Bill; sisters, Sue and Pat; special aunt,Edna Ellenburg; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews Celebration of Life Services were held at Weaver Funeral Home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Barbara was laid to rest in King-Hutchison Cemetery in Union County, Tennessee.

      Barbara was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Barbara was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Barbara Lynn DeMarcus Miller.