Ted Dickey Funeral Home

2128 18th Street, Plano, TX



May 15, 1956May 17, 2020
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Barbara was born May 15, 1956 in Pryor, OK and departed this life for her heavenly reward May 17, 2020. Barbara spent her elementary years in Pryor, OK and moved with the family to Corsicana, TX when she was 12. Barbara was very active in band and was a Tiger Band Majorette and Drum Major. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1974. After high school, Barbara attended Navarro College, was the Homecoming Queen in 1975, and later transferred to Baylor University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Design in 1978. Barbara also received a Master of Arts in Graphic Design from Texas Women’s University in 2013. Barbara had a vastly diverse advertising and graphic design work history at various firms in the Dallas metroplex over the past 40 years. The past 10 years she has been an Adjunct Instructor and the Administrative Coordinator for Executives at the Art Institute of Dallas. Barbara absolutely loved working with her students and colleagues and used her many gifts to forever impact and improve the lives of those who knew her. She was an extraordinarily gifted artist who put 110% into every endeavor. Outside of art, another passion of hers was the Thrive Singles Ministry at Prestonwood. Her outgoing, positive, infectious and charismatic personality always made everyone feel welcomed and loved. She was the bright light, life of the party and ring leader of any and every family function, reunion or celebration. She was a golf enthusiast, enjoyed jazz piano and performing at work and church events. Barbara served the Lord, loved life, and lived it to the fullest each and every day. She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Mary Pennington and survived by her sisters, Donna Hoffman, Rebecca Kindle, their spouses, and her two nieces Hannah and Emma Kindle whom she loved so very much. Barbara will be laid to rest at the Westville City Cemetery in Westville, OK. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Barbara’s memory to the Prestonwood Benevolence Ministry, 6801 W Park, Plano, TX 75093


26 May

Graveside Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Westville Cemetery

n 4735rd
Westville, OK 74965


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020



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Dave Chesak

May 23, 2020

I met Barbara in 1984 at Levenson and Hill. She was a dynamo cranking out extraordinary work at warp speed while seamlessly holding multiple conversations and keeping track of everything else in the studio with ease. She did it all with her infectious laugh and great attitude that turned the pressure of the current deadline into a fun project with friends. We will miss you Barbara.

Donna Newsom

May 23, 2020

I am heartbroken, as are all who knew Barb. She and I worked side by side for 3 years at a Dallas promotion agency in the early 90s. I love Barb, and I will never forget her energy, her laugh, her gentle kindness. She is another bright light from my life I look forward to seeing again in Heaven.

Leslie Schulz

May 22, 2020

I worked with Barb at The Art Institute of Dallas. She always had a warm smile! She knew where everything was and how to get things done. She was always willing to help. She was also a talented instructor who could explain very well. It was great to hear her voice as we sometimes taught next door to each other. We will all miss her very much!!!

Nick Hill

May 22, 2020

I only knew Ms. Barbara for a year, but she was the most resourceful person I knew at Ai-Dallas. I am glad I was able to tell her that. It is better to give people their flowers when they can smell them. She would laugh every time I said it to her. It was an honor to help her hang up pictures around the school, move tables around for events, and make small talk during the weeks. She will truly be a diamond missing when times get rough. She made a difference in my life in such a small time.

Ashley Love

May 22, 2020

Barbara was a pleasure to work with at Art Institute of Dallas. She always brightened everyone's day with her smile and bright personality, especially with her famous "Hey There!!" greeting. She will be greatly missed.

TaShonda Bender-Ruffin

May 21, 2020

Miss Barbara was the sweetest and kindest person at the Art Institute of Dallas. She made going to school there so much better with her welcoming smile and her warm embraces. She was so helpful to everyone there. I will really really miss her. My condolences to her family and her friends.

Johnny Brewer

May 20, 2020

Barbara was a great & fun classmate,..we had a lot of fun talking & being funny in the back of MS. Lumpkin class in high school...you will b missed...you are already missed....your friend & classmate....Johnny Brewer..

Denice Adams/McDonald

May 20, 2020

Donna and I both became twirlers because of the grace she showed us. Donna you have my deepest sympathy. God bless your family

Cynthia Stewart

May 20, 2020

Thank you for being such a dear and loyal friend. We had fun laughing and talking visiting the art feastivals and taking pictures of bluebonnets.
I know you are dancing in heaven!
You found Perfect Love with Jesus.
When you walked thru those pearly gates he said, "life well lived faithful servant".
Until we meet again..I will hold your memory in my heart!

Marti Ewing

May 20, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Barb’s passing.
We worked together at Dr Pepper/7Up many years ago. She was funny, talented, smart and beautiful inside and out. I loved Barb dearly.
My deepest sympathies to her family. May God’s light shine on you from heaven.
-Marti Ewing


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