Donna Jo Miesse Barber

December 29, 1932November 18, 2020

Donna Jo Miesse Barber, age 87, passed away peacefully in Nashville, TN, on November 18, 2020 due to Alzheimer’s disease. She was born December 29, 1932 in Salina, Kansas to Maurice and Marguerite Miller Miesse. She grew up in Jackson, MS and graduated from Sophie Newcomb College. She taught music at the college level before marrying Harold Robert (Rob) Barber, Jr. in 1958. They made their home in Gulfport, MS before moving to Nashville, TN in 2002. Rob preceded Donna in death in 2013.

Donna’s life has always been filled with song and characterized by service. She had a beautiful voice and enjoyed choirs at every stage of her life, often being featured as a soloist. Donna also filled in as choir director when needed. She landed the lead in her very first musical audition and continued musical theater through her adult life. Donna and Rob thoroughly enjoyed the theater, symphony and opera in Gulfport, New Orleans, Nashville, and throughout their travels around the world. She served her church, community and extended family in whatever way was needed and was known for her warm hospitality.

Donna enjoyed tennis, traveling, playing games, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and most of all, her family. No obituary can truly capture Donna’s vibrancy and warmth. Her smile and charm will be deeply missed.

Donna is survived by her three children Julie Barber Weaver (Bob), David Barber and Susan Barber; grandchildren Chloe and Lucas Barber, Annie and Helen Weaver; sisters-in-law Jean Miesse and Helen Barber Boone; brother-in-law Edwin Barber; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Donna was preceded in death by her brother Jerry Miesse.

The family would like to thank Brookdale Belle Meade Memory Care, Kathy Jones, Teri Campbell, and Julie Knight for their kind and tender care the last few months and years.

A private graveside service will be held in Gulfport, MS. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to either of Donna’s home churches (Covenant Presbyterian Church, 33 Burton Hills Blvd, Nashville, TN, 37205 or First Presbyterian Church, 10885 O'Neal Road, Gulfport, MS 39503) or to Renewal House Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 280356, Nashville, TN, 37228.

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Rhonda Miketinas

November 21, 2020

Julie and family,
John and I were so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May God bless you all and may the wonderful memories of happy times spent with her sustain and comfort you.
All our love,
John and Rhonda Miketinas

Sandy Beaty

November 21, 2020

Mrs. Barber (never dared call her Donna) was the quintessential southern lady. She was so hospitable and kind. Gracious and smiling. The world is a little less warm without her spirit..

Carol Macumber

November 20, 2020

Though I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person, knowing Susan -- one of the best, most caring and genuinely loveable individuals I know -- tells me with absolute certainty that you were just as amazing and an inspiration to everyone who was lucky enough to have you in their lives.

All my love to the Barber family.


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