Virginia Anne Barbee

Virginia Anne Barbee
Virginia Anne Barbee

Virginia Anne Barbee, 87, of Amarillo, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

Virginia was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on February 16, 1934, to Horace and Olive Frisbie.  Her childhood was marked by moves to the cities of Phoenix and Cleveland, with her family returning to Oklahoma City between each move.  She graduated high school in 1951 from Classen High School and attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, graduating in May of 1955.

The day after her college graduation, she began work in Amarillo, Texas as a geological secretary at Seaboard Oil Company.  One particular morning, she opened the door for a young man that had arrived for an interview, and that began a relationship that would last a lifetime with the person that would become her best friend and husband, Bill J. Barbee.

Bill and Virginia were married on March 15, 1958, at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo.  They have three daughters, Jennifer, Janie, and Mindy.  Bill and Virginia loved their family, and Virginia spent her life supporting Bill and his work, along with their family, as they worked to manage the never-ending demands of life.  They truly loved traveling together, and especially enjoyed their time spent hiking, fishing, and picnicking in Colorado.  At the age of 61, as many were planning for retirement, Virginia became a realtor and worked until May of 2021.

Virginia was preceded in death by Bill, her beloved husband of 60 years.  She is survived by their three daughters, Jennifer Kelley (Ken) of Amarillo, Janie Smith (late husband Curtis Smith) of Amarillo, and Mindy Gandy (Matt) of Memphis, Tennessee.  Grandchildren include Justin Bragg, Jordan Riley Alexander (Michael), Anne Christian Riley, Sarah Bowden (Cliff), Allison Smith, Barrett Smith, Aubrey Day (Kelton), and Mia Gandy.  Great grandchildren include Emory Alexander, Riley Darnell, Chloe Darnell, Logan Bowden, Colton Bowden, and Miles Day.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Amarillo, Texas, at 3:00 P.M., on Thursday, February 17, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, gifts are welcomed to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2525 Wimberly Rd, Amarillo, TX 79109 or Texas Panhandle Independent Futures Foundation, P.O. Box 1233, Amarillo, TX  79105,


13 Replies to “Virginia Anne Barbee”

  1. A very special lady and will be missed by many who knew her. May her family find peace and comfort and many memories.

  2. Jennifer, Janie, and Mindy
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom! Praying Gods comfort, peace, and strength will be with you today!! Those memories will carry you through until we go home with our Heavenly Father❤️❤️❤️
    Love you!

  3. I send my heartfelt sympathy to you and yours on the passing of dear Virginia. She was a beloved P.E.O. Sister and friend. When I moved from Amarillo in 2020, she was so helpful and caring in the sale of my home and making the move.
    She will be missed!
    Sherrie Burns

  4. Virginia and Bill were sweet neighbors when we lived in Amarillo. She was always so kind and caring. Prayers for her girls.

  5. Virginia is an inspiration and a role model to every younger person she met. And Virginia lives on in her precious girls, grandchildren, and many friends. She will be in our hearts and on our minds from when we each first met her..
    We will meet again!

  6. What a precious lady!! Virginia will be greatly missed. I know she is in a much better place. She was a devoted Wife, Mother and Grandmother. I will miss her smile and wonderful conversations at church. She was loved by so many people. RIP Sweet Virginia!

  7. I will miss her she was a very sweet lady her words were always kind. I loved her soft voice and her soft laughter.

  8. My heart is breaking. One of the sweetest kindest “real” lady I ever knew. I know her family was so important to her, so I pray for you guys who are left with a hole in your lives.

  9. Virginia was the very definition of a lady. Always kind, soft spoken, genteel. I loved speaking with her at church. I’m so sorry she is gone even though I know she is free from any of the worries we carry in this world. I know she will be missed very much.

  10. Virginia was always one of my favorite people. She was a beautiful example of a dedicated mother and a devoted Christian

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