Barbara Wiszowata Barkley
May 7, 1953 – May 27, 2018
Barbara Wiszowata Barkley, affectionately known as “Basia”, passed away unexpectedly on May 27, 2018 while in Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
Barbara was born on May 7, 1953, in Monki, Poland to the late Tadeusz Wiszowaty and Janina Korkus Wiszowata; she was the second of three children. In 1965, her family made a life-changing decision to move from Poland to Chicago, IL, in search of living the American dream. Always up for a challenge, Barbara adapted quickly to life in a new country, where she enthusiastically learned the English language and excelled throughout her school career. In 1973 she was transferred from her computer job with Amoco/BP to the newly built Credit Card Center in Raleigh, NC. It was here that she met the love her life, Clifton, and they were married on the island of Kauai, Hawaii on her birthday, May 7, 1985. Barbara’s proudest accomplishment was the birth of her daughter Natalie, whom Barbara endearingly nicknamed ‘Toots’, on June 21, 1986.
Barbara’s career continued with her computer work with Amoco/BP and Nortel Networks. In 2000 she made a complete career change to become a Real Estate Appraiser, which ended up being a job she truly loved. She worked for Wachovia, which became Barclays, and retired in September 2010.
Barbara was an energetic and driven person, always on the move. She was very involved with Junior Achievement in Raleigh during her early years working at Amoco, sharing her creativity with young high school students and mentoring them to succeed. On April 13, 1981 she was naturalized as a US Citizen and proudly displayed and kept that little American Flag given to her. Barbara also loved: macramé, painting, making endless lighted balls out of chicken wire, decorating for Christmas, cooking Polish food (sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, perogies, and polish sausage), and gardening, where she proudly displayed her green thumb. She would regularly scope out the plant clearance section at garden centers, where she would purchase near-death plants and nurse them back to life. Barbara’s gardens were always thriving and she frequently shared her plants with friends. Barbara was also passionate about physical fitness. She was a familiar face at both Fitness Connection in Raleigh and the Emerald Isle Recreational Center. She not only enjoyed focusing on her own fitness, but also genuinely wanted to encourage and motivate others. Barbara and Cliff purchased a home in Emerald Isle, where they would spend countless weekends and weeks year round. In September 2010, after she retired, Barbara was finally able to spend more time at the coast, where she could garden, work out, and enjoy her beach.
In 2014 Barbara created a YouTube channel to document her hobbies and what she was enjoying ‘today; she decided to call it BasiaToday. Her early videos show her garden, favorite recipes, her cat Sammy, and documented days on the beach. Cliff purchased Basia a metal detector in the summer of 2014 and this quickly became her new favorite hobby and the main subject of her channel. Through YouTube, she made many metal detecting friends and was able to learn everything she could about her new favorite hobby. She became a familiar face on the beaches of Emerald Isle, and was often recognized by her YouTube subscribers while she was swinging her machine and digging up treasures. After each find she would announce “I’ll take it!”, which became her catchphrase. Of everything she found on the beach, nothing would give her more joy than to dig up rings. On May 24, 2018, she found a beautiful ring, which would be one of her final finds. This find was documented for YouTube – she could hardly contain her excitement as she examined the gorgeous diamond ring, “I am absolutely thrilled…what a hobby this is. Absolutely awesome!”
She is survived by her life companion and husband of 33 years, Clifton F. Barkley; her cherished daughter: Natalie Barkley (Daniel Wallenslager); her only sister: Maria Allred; her niece: Dana Wiszowaty; her nephews: Sam Wiszowaty, Michael (Nicole) Allred, and Alan (Laurin) Allred; her great-nieces and nephews: Kristen, Noah, Caleb, Adam, Mary, Meagan, Julia, Victoria, and Jonah; and her Barkley family: Silva, Frank, Heather, Dustin, Jenna, Amanda, and Maebelle. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother: Chris Wiszowaty; brother-in-law: John Allred; father-in-law: Clifton Barkley Sr.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, June 23rd from 4-6pm at Mitchell Funeral Home (7209 Glenwood Avenue).
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Barbara to the Emerald Isle Recreation Center and the people there she loved so much. Donations will be used to purchase an AED Defibrillator for the fitness room; with this a plaque will be added with Barbara’s name next to it on the wall. Checks can be made payable to: EI Parks & Recreation, with Barkley in the memo, and mailed to:
EI Parks and Recreation Attn: Alesia Sanderson 7500 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle, NC 28594
- Memorial Gathering Saturday, June 23, 2018
Barbara Wiszowata Barkley
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June 30, 2018
I really enjoyed Basia's videos for some time on YouTube-I followed her from Houston on a nearly daily basis and she will very much be missed! I appreciated her love of nature (beaches, etc.) and her love of her hobby was obvious. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.
Sincerely, G. Lewis
June 27, 2018
My deepest sympathy to you, Natalie and your extended family on the loss of your wife Barbara.
June 22, 2018
I still cannot wrap my head around the loss of my dear friend, Barb. We met being neighbors in Chicago when we were both in High School. I spent more time at the Wiszowata house than I did at my own. I finished getting ready each day of high school in Barb’s bathroom. It’s a wonder we didn’t blow up the house with smoking and all her hair spray. We were great friends who shared many great times along with sad times in our lives. Distance didn’t change the way we felt about our friendship. We could pick it all up during our first minute together. I’m heartbroken that she is no longer with us. Every time I see a beautiful flower I will think of my beautiful friend. There are no words to say to her amazing husband, Cliff and daughter, Natalie to take this great pain away. I just hope they realize how much she meant to every life she touched. Love you Barb, thanks for your friendship and we will meet again and continue our friendship. ❤️😇❤️
June 18, 2018
I've watched many of her she taught me a lot about beach detecting she will surely missed bin our community we loved and charessd her my condolences to the family for thier loss God Bless you
Your friend Yooper Digger57
Donna /Steve Strother family
June 17, 2018
We were so blessed to meet our favorite YouTube person , Basia just a couple days before she passed. She sure was proud of the ring. Meeting her and Cliff made our vacation extra special. She will always be in our hearts ♥️ ♥️♥️ Loved the memorial page God Bless !!!!!
June 16, 2018
I met Barbara on Youtube, her channel, Basia. She was a very kind person that was always saying something kind to all her friends. She will always be remembered for her phrase "I'll take it!" I looked forward to watching all her videos on metal detecting. My prayers go out to her family and friends. You will be missed my metal detecting family member. Thanks for being you. With love and respect, Eric Yackel (TNT Digger)
June 16, 2018
I would like to offer my condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and children.
I got to know Barbara through my husband Dalton Thomas The Monster Coin Hunter on YouTube.
Basia was one of the first people my husband got to know when he first arrived in the USA from England they became close friends over the years thanks to there metal detecting hobby.
I was saddened to here of the news and personally wanted to say thank you for everything Barbara has done for my husband and always being there as his friend and someone to confide in when he was going through his own tough times it meant so much to him knowing he had friends away from home.
We will hold you in our hearts, in our thoughts and in our prayers.
With love, Rachel.
June 16, 2018
I was deeply saddened to learn about the loss of Barbra. I got to know her through our comments to each other on our YouTube videos we shared. I ran across the last comment she had made on one of my videos a few days ago and had to fight the tears away. She will be deeply missed among the YouTube community & by me. “Gypsy “ Zero Discrimination on YouTube. I also have a card that I had made out to her and was about to mail a package to her before I got the news. She was also one of the persons I had nominated in the Lemons for leukemia challenge.
She will be deeply missed & her memory will be treasured. Sending love & hugs to all the family.
June 16, 2018
I learned about Basia from YouTube and was/am just starting in this hobby. I didn’t know Basia very well, but truly enjoyed her videos and the excitement, “I’ll keep it!” My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Miss Basia.
June 16, 2018
My thoughts & prayers go out to her husband Children & family
Basia is a true friend a beautiful person with a heart of 24k gold always there for me on the other end of the phone when I was poorly and always tried to help me through when I was going through tough times I will miss you Basia you are amazing & the most kind caring person anyone could hope to meet
I also speak on behalf of the metal detecting community when I say we love you & we miss you
You will always have a special place in my heart & I will never forget you
June 11, 2018
I'm going to miss you so much. All our lunches, brunches, trips to the beach and most of all our long talks about everything. You were so kind, funny and sassy all at the same time. Our times at First Union to the end at Barclays was a long journey. I enjoyed your posts on You Tube with your metal detecting finds and good humor. God must have needed an angel to organize things up there. Rest in Peace Barbara, fly with the angels. To Cliff, Natalie, Danny and the rest of the family, hold on to all the good memories and you have my sincere condolences. You have your own special angel watching over you. Love to all.
June 8, 2018
I only knew her as Basia from her Metal Detecting videos. She was always so kind and passionate toward her hobby. You could just feel her excitement when "treasures" were found. "I'll Take It"! She will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May God Bless and hold you forever Basia.
June 7, 2018
It's really hard to say all of the things that I/we have felt at the EIPR about the passing of Barbara. It has been devastating to those of us who knew her, and will take a while to get over. I think, though, if anyone read Natalie's post about her enjoying each day, that has impacted our lives to do the same. No regrets, today is really all we are promised. She did that, joyfully. My memories of you and Barbara are numerous, and I will always love the way she and you loved my brother Paul. You both encouraged him and made him feel special each time he visited me. That warms my heart as I write this. I have you in my heart and prayers.
June 6, 2018
Hello Cliff and Family,
I didn't know her very well, but Cliff, and I shared many emails, and time on you tube.
Cliff, and I became friends over time, and became good friends, my wife, and I send our condolences, and are saying prayers for you Cliff, and your family, no words can comfort you only time can do that, but we offer you hugs and an ear, again so sorry for your loss.
Robert and Rosemarie Foster.
June 5, 2018
i knew her as basia from you tube, we shared ideas because we both metal detected the beach
im know as sanddollar on you tube, we both detected beaches on east coast,
she gave good advice, and after awhile we became friends, its been 4 years now,, ill miss her,, she was a sister i never met.
my heart and prayers go out to her family and all her friends,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,sanddollar
June 5, 2018
I knew Barbara as Basia Today from YouTube. While I never had the chance to meet her, she seemed like such a sweet and kind person. I learned a lot from watching her videos. She was a treasure finding treasures! She will for sure be missed from the metal detecting community. I only wish I had the chance to meet her in person. My prayers go out to her family and friends. Nothing will ever take the pain away but I pray you are able to find some peace.
June 3, 2018
Debbie and I were both shocked and saddened upon learning of her passing. I first got to know Barbara while working at Amoco and continued our friendship at Nortel. She was one of the nicest people anyone would want to know. She will surely be missed. We are thinking of Cliff, Natalie, family and friends.
June 2, 2018
My Aunt Barbara had a smile that would light up the room. She had the most kindest heart and sweetest personality. We both shared a love for beautiful mother nature and capturing the most amazing sunrises and sunsets at the beach. My heart goes out to my Uncle Ferdie and cousin Natalie and Aunt Barbara's family. I will always cherish the memories I had with her. Every beautiful sunrise I capture from here on out I will know she is smiling down at us letting us know there are brighter days to come. I love you Aunt Barbara and will miss seeing your beautiful smile.
Heather and Dustin Courtright
June 1, 2018
Natalie your mom was so proud of the woman you have become, she bragged about it everytime we got together lol you made her so happy. And Uncle Ferdie you always had a way of making her laugh. It is heartbreaking that she is not here but she will forever be with us when i feel that beautiful breeze at the beach, or see that perfectly bloomed flower I will remember you. And if I am so lucky to find a diamond ring when I metal detect I will think of you and smile.
Silva Barkley Elko
June 1, 2018
Barbara was more than a sister-in-law, she was a great friend. When she came into my brother's life, his life became complete. Even though we didn't live close, we got together often so that our girls could grow up together. I'm going to miss Basia Today. Hearing her voice and her walking on the beach so early in the morning gave me a sense of calmness when I needed it the most. I was always excited for her when she found those special treasures.
As I reflect on memories and those special moments when we shared family outings and family holidays, I remembered this quote that is making acceptance just a little easier.
"Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone. Those we love can never be more that a thought apart. For as long there is a memory, they’ll live on in our hearts"
May 31, 2018
Although I have only been in the family for a few short years, Barbara treated my four daughters and I as if we were family from the start. Maria and Aunt Barb even had a mini vacation last summer with my youngest two girls at the beach house. Julia and Victoria had a blast and learned metal detecting first hand from the best!
I have spent many days texting Aunt Barb about everything from teenage daughter woes to sea turtle talk. She was a great shoulder during rough days with her positive energy and go get it attitude! Her loving disposition could be felt in all she did.
She will be truly missed by Mike, myself and the girls Mary, Meagan Julia and Victoria.
May 31, 2018
WE ARE SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT BARBARA. WE WILL REMEMBER HER IN OUR PRAYERS. WE ARE SURE YOU HAD VERY MANY YEARS OF HAPPINESS. GOD BLESS! FLORIAN AND JUDY HOWANIEC
May 30, 2018
Barbara was a very kind, crazy fun, powerful woman, who was an inspiration to me. Not only did I have the privilege of being one of her ‘beach’ neighbors but she became like family to us. When my dad was sick, her and Cliff would come visit him to lift his spirits. She even helped me with the organizing and preparation for his ‘life celebration’. Months after his passing she was still checking in on me and my mom, for which I will forever be grateful.
Some of my favorite memories with her include sitting on the front porch with a glass of wine or several chatting about life’s adventures, her showing off the muscles she worked so hard for at our annual 4th of July hat party and getting so excited over a $5 win on the Elvis slots in Atlantic City.
Basia, I hope when you crossed over my dad was there waiting for you with a big glass of wine and he’s showing you the ropes up there. I will miss chatting with you on fb, watching you walk down the street with your metal detector and our always entertaining porch talk. You were one-of-a-kind girl and won’t be forgotten! <3
May 30, 2018
I am heartbroken that Barbara has passed. She was a beautiful person and a terrific wife and mother. I remember all the great times we spent together when we worked at GTE. And I remember the wonderful dinners and conversations that we had at your home.
Please know that you and your daughter Natalie are in my thoughts and prayers
- Frank Connelly
May 30, 2018
My name is Ed Rodas and on YouTube "Ed The Beach Hunter" !! I never had the pleasure of meeting Her in Person but did share many Treasure Hunting Adventures with Her. I absolutely Love Her Videos , Treasure Hunting Style and that Beautiful Raspy Voice on YouTube " Basia Today"!! The Metal Detecting Community just lost an Angel for sure. She is now Treasure Hunting the Shores of Heaven and I bet the TREASURES ARE BOUNTIFUL there. God Bless Her & Her Family
RIP Barbara Barkley " Basia Today " !!! You will be GREATLY MISSED !!! : (
Sincerely, Ed Rodas " Ed The Beach Hunter" !!!
May 30, 2018
Cliff - please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.
May 30, 2018
Although I didn't know Barbara personally I was very fond of her Basia Today youtube video's, she was the reason I started metal detecting again, she inspired me to get out onto the beach, her enthusiasm in her videos is infectious and it just makes you want to get out there on the hunt for buried treasure!
RIP Barbara you will be missed but never forgotten, I will never forget the immortal line "I'll Take It"
A true loss to the Metal Detecting family.
Thoughts and best wishes to the family and friends.
Thank you Basia
Chris A, Blackpool, England, UK
May 30, 2018
Basia and I go back to the early days when we lived in Chicago. We met at a famous Polish night club called Violeta. Little lady was a great dancer. Both of us were employed by AMOCO Oil Co. When AMOCO transferred to Raleigh we both moved with the company. Until 1984, when AMOCO transferred me to Des Moines, Iowa we were always keeping an 'eye' on each other...just like a brother and sister would do.
After my departure, Basia was lucky enough to have met a great guy...Cliff. I know...she told me that. That's when her happy life truly began.
I feel that not only I lost a dear friend, but someone I considered my sister. I'm sure, that even though Basia is no longer with us, she's doing what she always did best...bringing happiness to her new friends.
Until we meet again!
May 30, 2018
When my husband and I started researching Emerald Isle on YouTube we ran across Barbara’s videos...we watched all of them! On our next trip to the beach we saw this lovely woman with her metal dectector and went up and asked her if she was the famous Basia...we connected right away and became fast friends...every trip we would search the horizon for that tiny figure with the big bag and see what she had discovered. My heart hurts for all of her family and friends and the beach is just not going to be the same without her. We have truly lost a special light. My deepest condolences. We always use her words “I’ll take it” and now each time we do we will think of this special woman and lift her up in our hearts.
May 29, 2018
Barbara or Barkley as I called her, was a dear friend long after working together at Nortel for many years. I have so many good memories of the good ole days working side by side at the Nortel IT Help Desk back in the 80's. She by far held the record for longest nails and fastest typist back in those days and was one of the best at what she did. We kept in touch long after Nortel thanks to Facebook , Girl Scout Cookie Deliveries and the occasional dinner with Debbie and I, catching up on family and her latest treasure finds. Cliff and Natalie you are in my prayers.
Heaven gained an Angel this weekend.
May 29, 2018
We met in our 20's and have remained friends for 40 years. We shared many good times including our weddings and birth of our children. We shared laughter and tears and I so many memories. I know you would want us to celebrate your life so cheers to you for a life well lived and for all of our memories! I love you and miss you.