Kathy Barba died at Aston Park Health Care Facility in Asheville, NC on July 17, 2020 at 12:12pm. She was known there for her sense of humor and heartwarming smile. She was born the daughter of Col. William H. and Mildred N. Barba on July 18, 1948. Upon her father retiring from the Marine Corps in 1962, the family settled in Virginia Beach, VA. Kathy Graduated from Frank W. Cox High School in 1966. She graduated from Old Dominion University with a BA in 1970. Kathy worked for many years with the Virginia Pilot/Ledger Star newspaper in Norfolk. Kathy moved to Montibello VA in 1986 and resided there until 2013. She was an artist who had worked with many mediums, but found her true passion in sculpting. She created and sold several bronze sculptures. She was invited to show her work at expos in New York, NY and Myrtle Beach, SC. Her creativity flowed into her love of gardening, where she used her knowledge of native plants and flowers in her landscaping business which she tended to for 17 years. Kathy also enjoyed photography, becoming somewhat of a family historian through her photo albums. She also enjoyed gathering with friends to share food and play music. She played the flute, pan pipes, and drums. Kathy is survived by sisters Susan Tibbles of Anacortes, WA, Pam Shehane of Harrisonburg, VA, Yame of Weaverville, NC, and Marie Makela of Jewell, GA. Her surviving brothers are Col. Richard D. Barba of Cornelius, NC, Col William L Barba of College Station, TX, and Lefty Barba of Virginia Beach, VA. Kathy was cremated in Asheville, NC. Ashes will be taken to Virginia at a future date.
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