Barbara Gaines McMahan

July 8, 1937November 17, 2019

Barbara Gaines McMahan, 82, passed away peacefully at home in Winter Park on November 17, 2019 surrounded by her family including her husband of 62 years, Robert. She was born in 1937 to Jeffery and Frances Gaines of Fitzgerald, Georgia, where she also met and married her future husband in 1956. She is preceded in death by her father, her mother, as well as her brothers Carl, Jack, and Donald. She will be deeply missed by all of those whose lives she touched. She is survived by her husband, Robert, her son Bob, her daughter-in-law, Karen, and her two grandsons, Robert and James. She will be remembered for many wonderful things, but particularly for her graciousness, her strength, her grace, and her love of her family. In keeping with her wishes, her family and friends will honor her privately at a graveside service on November 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM, Palm Cemetery, Winter Park. If you wish to honor Barbara, her family asks that you make contributions to Vitas Healthcare Hospice in your community (


  • Robert K. McMahan, Husband
  • Bob McMahan, Son
  • Karen McMahan, Daughter-in-law
  • Robert McMahan, Grandson
  • James McMahan, Grandson
  • She is preceded in death by her father, her mother, as well as her brothers Carl, Jack, and Donald.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Barbara Gaines McMahan

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Myrt Rhoads

November 21, 2019

Dear McMahan family, I’ve been so blessed by our many years of friendship and sharing love, especially all the special times with Barbara. Whether meeting for lunch, or long phone chats when we couldn’t be together, we always found reasons for laughter. She was, even in her illness, gracious and caring to all those dear to her. To you, Bob, and to son whom she fondly referred to as Dr. Bob, Karen, Bob III, and James, May you each find comfort in knowing that you brought so much joy to her life and her love will hold you close. My heart is with yours in sadness, Myrt

Richard & Martha McMahan

November 20, 2019

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Barbara. What great memories we have of the McMahan family in Mt. Pleasant, family dinners, riding the red scooter, holidays and so many others. Our prayers, love and thoughts are with Bob, Bobby, Karen and the boys.