Shirley F. Barbara

February 21, 1932November 7, 2018

Shirley Fernandez Barbara entered peacefully into Heaven on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the age of 86. Beloved wife of John Samuel Barbara, Jr. Loving mother of Dr. John S. Barbara III (Danielle), Marianne Fry (Harley), and Diane Bourgeois (Mike). Adoring grandmother of 12 grandchildren, J.D. (Angie), Benjamin, Daniel (Krista), Blake (Kristin), Travis, Mariesa, Rebecca (Chesley), John IV, Brian, Rachel, Joshua, and Mitchell. She was also blessed with 11 great-grandchildren. Preceded in Heaven by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fernandez; and brother, the honorable Judge Sheldon Fernandez. Shirley was born in New Orleans and was a life-long parishioner of St. Christopher Church of Metairie where she retired as a kindergarten teacher. A devout Christian, she epitomized the meaning of F.A.M.I.L.Y. as “Forget About Me, I Love You.” She will forever be loved and missed by all who knew her. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all of the staff of Serenity Senior Residence for their exceptional love and care. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 2:00pm. A visitation will begin at 12:00pm. A graveside service will follow Mass at All Saints Mausoleum. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at


  • Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, November 10, 2018

Shirley F. Barbara

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Lola and John Burga

November 10, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the Barbara family in the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was a very special lady. May you find comfort in Our Lord.

Proverbs 12:28,
In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.