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Obituary: Barbara Yvonne Engler

Obituary: Barbara Yvonne Engler

July 7th, 2019 in Obituaries

Barbara Yvonne Engler, age 69, departed this life to be with her maker in heaven, Monday, July 1, 2019, after giving her cancer one heck of a fight for over 2 years. Barb, as we affectionately called her, was born June 4, 1950, a premie and the 2nd daughter of Theodore and Bertha Stevens Engler of Allentown, Pa. Her parents, getting tired of the endless butting in to their business by all the relations in this Pennsylvania Dutch area, decided to head to warmer climates and moved permanently to Fort Lauderdale, Florida around 1956 where Barb and her sister grew up. With the peaceful ocean just a few miles away, she enjoyed biking to the beach, sailing her little boat in the intra-coastal, walking along the miles of beautiful beaches picking up unusual shells, going on many cruise ship vacations as Port Everglades was right there. She also enjoyed going to the latest 1970's rock concerts, heading to South Beach Gallerias in Miami with her friends, and just taking in the ocean air on lovely Florida nights. Her father having died, she became a loving devoted daughter to her vivacious mother. She was graduated from Ft. Lauderdale High School and took English courses at Broward Junior College, married her high school sweetheart, then divorced him quickly, and became employed fulltime with AT&T. As her mom remarried and her sister married and left for Missouri, she transferred to Atlanta, Georgia with the "Baby Bell" and worked for over 19 years there before deciding to move to Missouri to be with family. Not one to sit still, she became employed at Memorial Community Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, Capital Region Medical Center, Target, and finally Von Hoffman Press where she retired after 19 years, and again felt the "wanderlust " to travel. She was a member of the Park Temple Methodist Church in Ft. Lauderdale for years and enjoyed visiting different denominations. She loved Missouri, as it sometimes appeared like the beautiful New England area she was born, especially during the fall seasons and would just drive for miles to take in the beauty. By this time her wonderful mom passed away and she and her sister became the "Bobbsey twins reborn", sometimes getting into some dicey roads at the lake, but never having to call a wrecker! She loved life, was an avid reader, amateur photographer, American/British history buff and amazing at technical/mechanical problems. She leaves behind her loyal Shih Tzu, Mikey, always at her side and many family members, her sister Diane and husband- Bruce Weyenberg; nephew, PJ Ickes Jr., wife Shawn and great- niece and nephew, Audrey and Garrett of Jefferson City; niece, Dr. Fawn Ickes-Ray, husband Jeff Ray and great-nephews Ian and Joe of Fort Worth, Texas. Also many in Allentown, Pa., way too numerous to mention. She especially loved picking up her great-nephew Garrett after school and taking him to Culver's for treats. Also watching Audrey and Garrett play baseball and soccer, while cutting out newspaper clippings of them when they did something exceptional. When visiting Dallas, Texas she enjoyed going to Ian's fencing lessons, and Joe's marathon running 48 laps for cancer relay. She will be sorely missed and at her request there will be no formal services as prayers were held in the home. Interment will be at the Boca Raton Mausoleum, next to her mother in Boca Raton, Florida. We wish to thank the Goldschmidt Cancer Center and Hospice Compassus providers and staff for their exceptional care. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Tyler M. Woods Funeral Director, 611 E. Capitol Avenue., Jefferson City, Missouri 65101. (573) 636-2424. Condolences may be sent to www.woodsmemorialservices.com.