On October 29, 2018, Susan Barbee of Towson, Maryland mother of Susette Payne (Tom), grandmother of Jeannette Payne (Matt Landhall), Susan Payne-O'Brien (Tim O'Brien), Heather Lindh-Payne (Kristofer Lindh-Payne), Rebecca Portugal-Payne (Emily Portugal), James Payne, great grandmother of Josie, Luca, Thomas, Jonah, and Lillian.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 5649 Mt Gilead Rd, Centreville, VA, 20120. Interment will follow at Stonewall Memorial Gardens,12004 Lee Hwy, Manassas, VA 20109. In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO BOX 515 Northhampton, MA 01061.
Susan Barbee was a vital and beautiful lover of life. Her signature perfume was ‘Beautiful’ and she truly walked in beauty and glamour, always stunning with her elegant hands and striking silver hair. Her love and vitality extended into her teaching career, her garden, her love of the written word, and her love of her friends and her family. The daughter of Walter Henricks and Namee Price Henricks, she grew up in Penn Yan New York with her two sisters Helen & Eva and her brother Walter. She married Edwin Garner Barbee in 1946 with whom she had a daughter Susette Jo Barbee. She was well beloved by her students at Osbourn High School where she taught English Literature and was a guidance counselor. She was deeply spiritual and belonged to many faith communities during her lifetime including; Presbyterian, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ and Native American.
Her home in Centreville was the perfect metaphor for the life that she lived. It was always welcoming with books, poems, movies, games of cards, wonderful stories, special foods and cookies. It was a place to be nurtured, a place to laugh and a place to feel love. Her garden was a glorious explosion of pinks, reds and purples with a swing for her grandchildren and lots of room for her beloved puppies to roam. The garden she leaves with us is the love we feel in our hearts, vibrant and strong, reminding us to ‘leap into the dance of experience’ and reminding us that life will catch us when we do.
She lived the last five years of her life at Pickersgill in Towson MD, supported by the wonderful staff, writing poetry and making friends and enjoying visits from her daughter Susette, her son in law Tom, her grandchildren; Jeannette, Susan, Heather, Becky and James and great grandchildren; Josie, Luca, Thomas, Jonah and Lillian. She was especially grateful for the support of her grandchild Heather and grandson in law Kristofer who lived close by and kept loving watch over her.