Barbara A. Brown, 76, of Chillicothe, died at 9:11p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Frankfort. She was born on Friday, Nov. 24, 1944, in Scioto County, the daughter of the late Leslie T. And Myrtle Boggs Hardin. On February 20, 1966, she married Gilbert M. “Mike” Brown who preceded her in death on February 17, 2016.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Diana L. Brown of Chillicothe, OH, Kelley S. Brown (Mark Sullivan) of Frankfort, OH, Scott M. Brown (Tonya) of Connelly Springs, NC and Adrian E. Brown of Sandy Creek, NY, seven grandchildren; Kendra Millisor (Bobby Byrum), Jordan Millisor, Ian Brown, Gabrielle Brown, Sophia Brown, Garrett Brown, Teagan Brown, three step-grandchildren; Jahred, Ethan and Olivia Russell, two daughters-in-law; Elaine Brown of Sandy Creek, NY and Belinda Brown of Redfield, NY, sisters; Mary (Ronald) Pollard of Buchanan, OH, Martha Rucker of Waverly, OH, Arizona (Jerry) Rucker of Chillicothe, OH, half-sister; Margaret Conkel of Dayton, OH and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law Gilbert E. Brown and mother-in-law Margaret A. Brown, sisters; Nellie, Sarah Imogene, Gladys and Rose, brothers; Willard, Raymond, Leslie Junior, Fieldon, Isaac, Arthur, Donald, Paul and Carl.
Barbara was a 1964 graduate of Huntington High School. She was a member of Mount Tabor Community Christian Church and former member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Boylston Wesleyan Church, Calvary Baptist Church and Sandy Creek Wesleyan Church. She volunteered many years in the kitchen at Teen Missions International as well as in her church and community.
Barbara was a selfless, loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter and friend. Dedicated to her family, she acted as teacher, caregiver and nurse to her children, grandchildren and large extended family.
Barbara was a kind, compassionate soul who cared for those in need. Known for welcoming people into her home; no matter the reason, she was an ear to listen and a shoulder to lean on; her home was a haven to many where you could expect to find a warm meal and warmer hugs. Barbara loved to cook and feed people. There was always room at her table. Upon entering her home you’d hear her say, “Grab a plate!” or “Can I fix you something to eat?”. No one ever left hungry.
Barbara loved to sing. There was often gospel or worship music playing in the home. She loved singing with her siblings and with her children. You could pick out her tenor voice, loud and strong, above the congregation at church. One of her fondest memories was singing in the gospel trio, Sacred Echoes. Even in her final days she enjoyed listening to country gospel, bobbing her head to the music and mouthing the words. Even though she had no voice her heart still sang.
Barbara was strong in her faith and non-compromising in her beliefs. Her love for Jesus never failed. Her one desire was to share Jesus with others so they too may know of His love and accept His saving grace.
She will be dearly missed by all.
A funeral service will be held at 11a.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in the EBRIGHT FUNERAL HOME, Frankfort, with Pastor Rick Hartley officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort. Friends and family are invited to visit with Barbara’s family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.. Memorial contributions are suggested to Mt. Tabor Community Christian Church, 6043 Mount Tabor Road, Chillicothe OH 45601.