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Rhea M. Barber

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 07:07 AM

Posted by exploreClarion

Thumbnail-84Rhea M. Barber, 91, of Franklin, passed away in the early hours of the morning on July 11, 2019 at The Caring Place.

Born on May 1, 1928 in Oil City, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Florence (Wagner) Flockerzy. Rhea was a graduate of Oil City High School.

She was married to the late Robert G. Barber; he preceded her in death on November 25, 1995. He purchased Barber’s Orchard in 1962 with his family and Rhea owned and operated a ceramic shop on the property for 15 years.

In her spare time, Rhea enjoyed a variety of fun hobbies. She loved playing cards and was a member of a card club. She also enjoyed bowling, going to the curb market, bingo and gardening.

Most of all she cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Gary Barber and his wife, Darlene, of Dempseytown, and John Barber and his wife, Sherry, of Cranberry; her three daughters, Kimberly Hepler of Franklin, Linda Parson and her husband, Randy, of Oil City, and Deborah Barber of Franklin; her 15 grandchildren; her 14 great-grandchildren; and her many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Rhea was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Flockerzy.

As per the family’s request, funeral services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Rhea’s honor to the Venango VNA Foundation, 491 Allegheny Blvd, Franklin, PA 16323.

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