Cecilia "Ceil" Barbour

January 30, 1924May 7, 2019

Cecilia “Ceil” Barbour, aged 95, of Spring Hill, died peacefully, joining our loving Father on May 7, 2019. Her final years were spent within the loving community at Crown Pointe Assisted Living. Ceil was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 30, 1924. She was the daughter of Percival and Veronica (Weiland) Riescher.

Ceil was predeceased by her loving husband Herbert “Stew” Barbour in 1997 and her daughter Susan Harrington in 2005. She is survived by her loving children; Timothy (Barbara) Barbour of CO., Kathleen Roy of WA., Robert (Marilyn) Barbour of FL., Elizabeth Barbour of Ireland, Mary Lou Landis of FL., William (Tammy) Barbour of NY., devoted husband of Susan, Martin Harrington of FL., one sister Elizabeth Burger of NY., 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

A gathering of friends and family will be held on Monday, May 13th from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at Turner Funeral Home. Following the viewing, a graveside service will take place at the Florida National Cemetery at 1 PM. A celebration of Ceil’s amazing life will follow at Crown Pointe at 3 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to your local Hospice would be greatly appreciated.


  • Gathering of family and friends Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, May 13, 2019


Cecilia "Ceil" Barbour

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Lorraine Ryan

May 13, 2019

Ceil was my first friend at Saint Vincent De Paul. She made me feel as if I was part of their volunteer family. When she moved away to live with her son, I felt as if part of me left too. Then she moved back to the assisted living facility and returned to volunteering whenever she could. She always cared about her friends and was the kindest, sweetest woman I know. When Her children would visit her, she would ask them to take her to visit me and they would. I will always be grateful for that. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. Know that your Mom is with you Dad, sister and the Lord. I was lucky to have her in my life and she will be forever missed.

Tim Tangel

May 13, 2019

I remember very fondly our family trips up to Rensselaer to visit Aunt Ceilie, Uncle Stew and family. We always got a warm welcome and very generous hospitality. My most vivid memories were of the garden, the steers and the swing at the back of the property.

Aunt Ceilie was fun, lively and frank. You never knew what she was going to do or say next. Ceilie has a way about her that she could say almost anything and no one seemed to take offense. She was warm and sweet. And though its true that I did not get to see her in her later years, I will miss her.

Please accept our sincere sympathy from the Tangel family to the Barbour family.

Mary Lou Landis

May 12, 2019

My mother, my mentor, my friend! She was Celie, Mom, Grandma, Aunt Ceil, Grammy... I called her Mommy! She touched so many lives throughout her amazing 95 years. Anyone fortunate enough to know Mommy was blessed by her loving, honest, giving spirit. She lived a very full 95 years, was an incredibly strong woman and leaves us all with countless wonderful memories. A favorite of mine is a visit to Cedar Key, Florida several years ago.
Mommy has been a huge part of my daughter, Rose's life. We moved to Florida when Rose was only one year old and Grammy was fortunate enough to watch Rose grow into a beautiful young lady. Rose, of course, is convinced that she is the favorite grandchild!! :) It is hard to imagine the world without Ceil Barbour, but we take solace in the fact that she has "gone home"! I love you with all my heart, Mommy and we will miss you beyond measure. God bless you, rest well, beautiful lady...Happy Mother's Day!

Betsy Danz

May 11, 2019

Aunt Ceil was a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed. I have such fond memories of playing in the backyard of Aunt Ceil and Uncle Stew's house in East Greenbush (I share stories with my kids every time I drive past that house).

I will always remember and cherish her last visit to my house with my Grandma (Mary Riescher) to visit and meet my daughter Maddie.

Aunt Ceil was much more than just an Aunt to many people, and I am honored to have had Aunt Ceil in my family.

Karen Riescher Fields

May 11, 2019

Aunt Ceil was always so to the point and direct with her love for her family that even as a small child felt her love and strength. To be that sure of herself, was so poignant in my memories, and gave me courage to do the same.

Be with Uncle Stew and the family that is there ahead of you. My Dad is with his sister now. Love to you as you mourn this loss.

Irene Maxwell

May 11, 2019

Aunt Celia you will be forever missed. You and my mother sure had the gift of gab. My poor dad had to take a number to get a word in edge wise lol. You were one of the kindest most loving ladies I have ever known .Thank you for so many wonderful memories . Rest in peace .

Cheryl Mudge

May 11, 2019

I have many happy memories of time spent with Aunt Ceil and family. I will always remember every summer when I was young , coming and staying at the families home in Rensselaer. Uncle Stew working hard in his garden, and giving most of the vegetables away for free. Aunt Ceil making up lots and lots of jam, jellies and canning all those vegetables. Most of all I remember feeling loved when I was with my Aunt Ceil. Heaven has another Angel. ♥️

Beth Riescher Parets

May 11, 2019

~Rest well Aunt Celie

Amanda Rider

May 10, 2019

Aunt Celie was an absolute treasure. She always made us feel so loved every single time we had the fortune of seeing her. She had the best sense of humor and the most loving heart. I am so thankful for having had this amazing, one of a kind, lady as a part of our lives. Thinking of you all and sending our love. ♥️

Marlene Brookins

May 9, 2019

For years Aunt Celie was a second family for me as I grew up, living just up the street from us. Her home was always open for us and even when she moved we spent many hours with her, her family and Uncle Stew. As I grew moved away, married and raised my own family her home was always opened to us.. Years later when she went to Florida, she returned home to Athens to help care for her brother, Ray, my Dad and for this I will be eternally grateful and appreciative.
Although time, distance and my family changed how often we saw each other, you were always along with your family were in my heart. Thank you for being a big part of my life.