Condolence & Memory Journal

Deepest condolences to Barb's family. Barb was a dear friend and a kind soul. We shared many life stories and laughs through the years we worked together...the best memories of her and her smiles will forever be missed and cherished!

Posted by Qianyan Xie - Canton, MI - Friend   November 26, 2018

I was so very sad to hear about Barbara's passing. I know she was struggling for some time with health issues. She is now with her son and they can talk about life again and smile more.
She worked as my secretary for 6 wonderful years. These were some of my best years at Ford Research Lab. She was always a pleasure to work with and she kept me aware of all my short comings. When I needed to listen to people, she let me know. When I needed to spend time on more certain things, she was there. When I misspelled everything in my letters, she made me look good with the right corrections. She planned all the events, coordinated all of the major meetings, and just kept me on the straight and narrow.
She carried on when I retired in 2006 and I am sure she continued to do a wonderful job for the Research Laboratory.
I am so very sorry that I am not available to attend her service, due to my wife having a stroke in July and Surgery on Wednesday, Nov 14. But I will be thinking about her and remembering all the wonderful years that we worked together. She was a wonderful person and the best secretary that I ever had at Ford Motor Company. Please give my sympathies to family. She will be missed.
John Markee, Retired Manager, Research Planning and Information Systems, Ford Research Laboratory.

Posted by John Markee - Bloomfield Hills, MI - Coworker   November 15, 2018

Barb was always there with a smile and helping hand. She was a pleasure to work with here at Ford Research Laboratory.

Posted by Nancy Fricano - Fraser, MI - Coworker   November 14, 2018

Sending sincere condolences to Barb's family. She was one of my dearest friends. We shared many life experiences through the years and she was always there with her kind heart and wise advice. I will miss her so much.

Posted by Kathy Thomas - Southgate, MI - Friend   November 14, 2018


Best Aunt ever, she was warm and kind and her goodness sparkled from inside out.

Posted by Bridget Ashley - Oak Grove, MO - Family   November 14, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Barb's passing, I remember for the friendly loving person she was. Barb was so pleasant to talk with and be around. She will be greatly missed by all her friends here at Ford Motor Company SiLab!

Posted by Paul Ostrander - Westland, MI - Friend   November 14, 2018

I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Barb. May she rest in peace

Posted by Richard Taube - Australia - Coworker   November 13, 2018

In loving memory of a wonderful person with warm heart. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Hiroko Ohtani - Dearborn Heithts, MI - coworker   November 13, 2018

Barb was a wonderful, kindhearted lady who brightened the lives of all of us who had the pleasure of working with her.

Posted by Ed Krause - Saline, MI - Coworker   November 13, 2018

Barb was one of the nicest, most sincere persons I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was always willing to help with anything. She was an example to all of us on how to live using kindness.

Posted by Dyann Noone - Detroit, MI - coworker   November 13, 2018

Barb had such a kind soul - everyone loved her. We all enjoyed working with her at Ford. She will be missed by all. My deepest sympathy to her Loved Ones!

Posted by Barb Rothert - Plymouth, MI - friend   November 13, 2018

Much sympathy to Barbs family. Though many years since we were closer friends I'll always cherish our fun times together at work and play. Prayers for all her family. Linda and Don Colvard.

Posted by Linda Colvard - Alabaster, AL - Coworker   November 12, 2018

Barbie, my life was so touched by you, while younger, I learned how to live and love better from your example. You and your family opened your home to me on several occasions. My heart is broken, truly broken. I am grateful to God that you were sent to us at Ford and I realized what a truly amazing person you were and kept you close to me even after I moved away to KY. Prayers go out to your loved ones. You wil be in my heart always, and in God's arms now. Love you Barbie,

Posted by Jane Nabb - Madisonville, KY - Friend   November 12, 2018

My deepest sympathy..Thoughts and prayers. Barb was a beautiful person and will be missed.

Posted by Barbara McClain - COMMERCE TWP, MI - Friend   November 11, 2018


The whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you Aunt Barb!

Posted by Tina Willett (Lupu) - Clinton Twp, MI - Family   November 11, 2018

So sorry for the family's loss. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Thomas Christian - Dearborn, MI - Friend   November 11, 2018

So very sorry to hear about your loss. Barbara was always so welcoming to me. I will remember her fondly.

Posted by Karin Simpson - MI - Family Friend   November 11, 2018