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Baldwin-Fairchild Ivanhoe Funeral Home

1150 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL

OBITUARY

Barbara Lanier McGee

July 1, 1929January 20, 2020

Barbara Lanier McGee, 90, of Orlando, Fl. passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020. Barbara was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 1, 1929. Barbara was married to the love of her life William R. McGee, Sr. for 64 years, married on December 18, 1948. He preceded her in death as well as her parents Theodore and Ethel Lanier, and sister June Beckham Wagner. Barbara is survived by her son William R. Jr., daughter Claudia Vogt, son Ted (Meg), granddaughter Clayton (Brent) Hedin, grandsons Lane and William R., III, great-grandsons Hampton and Cooper Hedin.

Barbara was active in all aspects of her life. While at Decatur Girls High she sold the most war bonds and sat on stage with Tyrone Power. At Agnes Scott College she introduced the poet Robert Frost to the literary society. She majored in economics, finance, and psychology because her father told her the times were changing and she needed to be prepared.

Barbara and Bill moved to Orlando in 1964 and she became active in PTA and during those years helped open the clinic at Boone High School. She also was active as a Pink Lady at Orange Memorial (now Orlando Health) and helped open the hospital Gift Shop and worked as Head of Sales in accessories at Jordan Marsh.

A move back to Atlanta to help with ailing parents let her put her skills to work opening an antique shop with her best friend Laura Womack. She also discovered the game of tennis and became a member of the ALTA tennis league playing doubles with her sister June. Tennis became a life-long passion.

Barbara and Bill moved back to Orlando upon retirement and Barbara helped start the Classic Tennis League in 1992. At the age of 80, her daughter and granddaughter surprised her with a surprise trip to New York for the US Open. It was a bucket list item come true. She continued to play until the age of 84.

Barbara’s whole life was dedicated to her family, faith, and friends. She was a shining light to all who knew her and will truly be missed.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2:00pm, Church on the Drive, 1914 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Fl. 32804.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Hug Fund – mailing to Arden Courts, 1057 Willa Springs Drive, Winter Springs, Fl., 32708 or ADRC (Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center) at 715 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, Fl. 32714 or go to their website: www.adrccares.org

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Melissa Edwards

January 28, 2020

When I first took up tennis in the early 90’s, Barbara was a team leader and great tennis player. Together we had many wins, but one remarkable loss. That day we could do nothing right. Instead of getting upset, she exclaimed that if we had intentionally tried to hit the fence on the fly we would have failed. She laughed about that match often. She was gracious, beautiful, truly kind and just one lovely person. Her relationship with Bill was a model for all couples. I cherish many fine memories that go way beyond tennis. My sincere sympathy to her children and family whom she adored.

Karen Westmark

January 28, 2020

Barb was a integral founding member of the Ladies Classic Tennis League created in 1992. The league was established for players 45+ and continues strong today for players 55+ with almost 300 members. Barb was a strong/consistent player and terrific President of the league and will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to her family and friends who have lost a dear lady.

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FROM THE FAMILY