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Barbara Louise Pryor

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On May 14, 2019 @ 5:31 pm In Obituaries,Staff,Willoughby Hills | 23 Comments

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THE REVEREND BARBARA LOUISE PRYOR (nee Atwood) age 74, beloved wife of the late Richard; loving mother of Elizabeth Dickinson (husband John) and Richard (wife Lisa); devoted grandmother of Zachary J. Meister; cherished daughter of the late Charles and Martha (nee Hanson) Atwood; dearest sister of James Atwood (wife Gerry) and the late Martha Owens; and treasured step-sister of Robert Boswell; dear aunt and great-aunt of many. Survived by her grand-dogs Daisy and Teddy Pryor.

Barbara was born on March 27, 1945 in Cleveland and passed away on May 11, 2019. She was a resident of Bratenahl for 5 years, previously Tekonsha Michigan. Barbara was a retired ordained minister of The United Church of Christ in Tekonsha Michigan. She graduated from Brush High School in 1963 and Kent State University in 1968. Barbara earned her Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1998. She loved traveling, especially to the ocean and beaches. Barbara was a fan of The Blue Angels and all Cleveland Sports. She cherished animals and spending time with her grand-dogs. Barbara was social, friendly, happy, and always smiling. She loved to talk to people and was devoted to her ministry, faith, and her family. Barbara entered into eternal life and has been reunited with her beloved husband and family and will be dearly missed by all.

Contributions may be made in memory of Barbara to Faith United Church of Christ, 575 Richmond Rd, Cleveland, OH 44143 or Union Church, United Church of Christ, 206 W Randall St, Tekonsha, MI 49092.

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11 AM at Faith United Church of Christ. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Barbara at THE CHURCH TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 28, 2019 10-11 AM. ARRANGMENTS BY DEJOHN FUNERAL HOMES OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS.

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Condolence from Kristin Gaffney (from the Hanson clan) on May 14th, 2019 7:06 pm

My dear cousin may you rest in peace.

Condolence from Robert and Kathy Russell on May 14th, 2019 7:40 pm

Our prayers are with the family we love all of you Barb was a special lady we will always remember her and we thank God for blessing us with her and your dad .

Condolence from Chris Vreeland on May 14th, 2019 9:07 pm

Pastor Barb was a woman of much wisdom and good cheer. She epitomized the best that Christianity has to offer – humility, a willingness to learn from others, and an enduring ability to see the best in others even when some of us were real pains. She was a gem and a blessing to all who knew her. Truly one of the nicest folks I have had the privilege to know. Godspeed, Pastor Barb.

Condolence from Melanie and Tammy on May 14th, 2019 9:24 pm

What a great lady, sure am going to miss my PB, so many memories, much love you to all.
Peace and Grace
Mel and Tammy

Condolence from Tina & Jeff Klingaman on May 14th, 2019 9:29 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about Pastor Barb. She got Jeff & I through the worst time of our lives – losing our precious son, Derek. I’m not sure where we would be today if it weren’t for her kindess, support and love. She gave me a clinging cross that I use almost daily, always thinking of her when I hold it. We are thankful she was a part of our lives.

Condolence from Bob Boswell on May 14th, 2019 10:58 pm

Pastor Barb was the finest person I’ve ever known, living a Christian charitable life, showing love and compassion to all. I will miss her terribly as I know all whom she touched will miss her, most especially her loving family.

Condolence from Carol Pickford on May 15th, 2019 3:47 am

Sorry for your loss. I will miss her very much. She help me a. Lot when I loss my husband. She was. Always there for you I love her thank you for sharing her with us in Michigan

Condolence from Evans family on May 15th, 2019 4:05 am

Our thoughts are with the Pryor family,
May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of need. With caring thoughts.

Condolence from Sandy Goldstein on May 15th, 2019 8:13 am

So sorry for your loss. I was happy to be with Barb at our 55th class reunion last summer.Blessings.

Condolence from Enno K Limvere on May 15th, 2019 9:41 am

I am very sorry to hear this. I went to seminary with Richard and Barb. Remembering gathering in their apartment every Thursday to watch ER. They were a blessing to our community and will continue to be.

Condolence from Trinity on May 16th, 2019 7:56 am

She was a wonderful lady

Condolence from the Rev. Jennifer Fair on May 16th, 2019 12:21 pm

I never had the chance to meet Pastor Barb, but her reputation preceded her. I am now the pastor of the congregation of which she was the pastor, and she is remembered fondly by the people of Tekonsha. My condolences to her family and friends.

Condolence from Al Jr and Beth Beach on May 16th, 2019 2:14 pm

Dear Beth & John and Richie & Lisa,
We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing – she was a real sweetheart. We had so much fun with you all at the last Beach picnic at McKinley Park.
Take care and you all will be in our thoughts and prayers,
Love, Al Jr. & Beth

Condolence from Tim & Rose Beach on May 18th, 2019 1:16 pm

Barb was always a blessing to Rose and I. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

Condolence from Sara Peck, formerly Sara Rand on May 16th, 2019 2:54 pm

Richie and Bethie….all I’ve ever known you by, Jim and Gerry, Bob, and all you other Atwoods and Pryors and Boswells, I have known and loved Barbie since the seventh grade, roomed with her at Kent our first year, kept in close touch all these years and am truly devastated by her passing. She was the most loving friend but no one was more important than her family. How she loved you all. I weep for all who knew her, all who loved her, all who were so very proud of her, amazed by her stamina and oh, so so blessed to have been a part of her life. Rest in peace, Reverend Mother Barb.

Condolence from Susan Hildebrand on May 19th, 2019 4:49 pm

I am so sorry we have lost Barb. She was always there when I needed her. I don’t remember not knowing her. There now seems to be a vacant place next to me where Barb always was. I miss her terribly.

Condolence from Jan and Stan Delmont on May 20th, 2019 6:42 pm

From the moment you met her she was your friend and if you were as fortunate as we were she was your Pastor. We will always count Pastor Barb as part of our family and now our personal loss.

Condolence from Jeffrey Dick on May 21st, 2019 8:50 pm

Prayers offered for Barb’s family. A faulous partner in ministry here in Michigan. A beautiful spirit who added so much joy to our association. Proud to have been a fellow alumni of LTS with her. Blessed to have known her.

Condolence from Eileen McGinley on May 24th, 2019 7:05 pm

I know there was pain and sorrow in your life, but all the years I have known you, I have only seen you caring about others, sharing life joyfully with those of us in your presence, and exuding an incredible inner peace. Rest In Peace now dear friend. My condolences to your family

Condolence from Rev David Rogers on May 25th, 2019 8:49 pm

I was so sad to learn of your mom’s passing. We will be thinking of you from St. John’s U. C. C. In Lorain, Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers are with all. Sincerely in Christ. Rev. David Rogers, pastor of St. John’s.

Condolence from Sue Dempsey on May 26th, 2019 5:29 pm

She was with us too short a time. She brought smiles with her wherever she was and never let her own illness become a burden for anyone around her. A lovely woman. She will be missed.

Condolence from Dorothy Shelly on June 1st, 2019 6:39 am

I fondly remember Richard and Barb from Lancaster Seminary
When starting in 1993.
Grace and peace.

Condolence from robert hunsicker on June 1st, 2019 8:29 am

Barbara served as our seminarian at St. Andrew Church in Lancaster for a year. It was a great joy for me to be able to work with her. I send my sincere sympathy to all those who mourn her passing.

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