Barbara Wiszowata Barkley

May 7, 1953May 27, 2018
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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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Gayle Lewis

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
Houston, TX

Duane Dragan

June 27, 2018

My deepest sympathy to you, Natalie and your extended family on the loss of your wife Barbara.
God Bless.
Duane Dragan

Jody Knack

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. ❤️😇❤️

Steve Rogers

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 !!!!!

Eric Yackel

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)

Rachel Thomas

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.

Michele Woods

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.
Love, Gypsy

Amy Smith

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.

Dalton Thomas

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