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Barbara Thurber

August 6, 1940 October 24, 2017
Barbara Thurber
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Obituary for Barbara Thurber

Barbara I. Thurber, a resident of Birmingham for 50 years, died peacefully, October 24, 2017. She was 77 years old. Barbara was born August 6, 1940, in Detroit to Irene (nee Kramarenko) and Byron Brown.

A 1958 graduate of Dearborn High School, Barbara went on to graduate from The University of Michigan in 1962. She was a proud member of Chi-Omega Sorority and a lifelong fan of Michigan football. She also loved the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers. Barbara was a devoted animal lover, taking in many strays who eventually became her beloved pets. She enjoyed gardening in her yard, and taught high school history before raising her kids.

She was always helping out in the community, especially as a docent at Christ Church Cranbrook. She also volunteered throughout her time with The Junior League of Birmingham and worked with the Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Board. She enjoyed travelling the world with her husband, kids and grandchildren. Some of her highlights were shopping in Hong Kong, sushi in Tokyo, visiting family and friends in Europe, and most recently dog-sledding on an Alaskan glacier. She loved spending summers in Harbor Springs and on Walloon Lake. She was an amazing cook and always enjoyed entertaining family and friends during the holidays. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, she was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by many.

Barbara is survived by her children, John (Jenny) Thurber and Sarah (Craig) Lindsay and grandchildren, Katharine and Andrew Lindsay. She is also survived by her sister, Marilynne Ponto and brother, Warren (Diane) Brown. Barbara is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 49 years, John Thurber.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Monday, October 30th, 3-8pm. A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills, Tuesday, October 31st, at 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10:30am.

Interment will take place privately in Greenwood Cemetery, Birmingham.

Memorials appreciated to the Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, Michigan 48207 or Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025.

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