Barbara A. Washington


Mrs. Barbara Ann (Burton) Washington, daughter of Mr. Emmett and Mrs. Lovelena (Turns) Burton was born November 7, 1940 in Sharon, West Virginia and departed this life at home, April 28, 2022 surrounded by her loving husband and family.

Barbara graduated from Central High School in Columbus, Ohio in 1960. Early in life, she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior and attended Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith where she served in various roles including usher, member of the Sisters’ Club, and Sunday School teacher.

Barbara met the love of her life, Nathaniel, and would later be joined in Holy Matrimony on February 15, 1964. To this union three beautiful and successful children were born. Barbara balanced the commitment of family while working outside the home. Barbara retired from Billie Brown Jones Family Health Center and expanded her love and service to others by establishing a catering business. Barbara was an expert and sought-after seamstress and designed and crafted weddings and event dresses for multiple friends and families. In addition, she always enjoyed the time preparing and sharing homemade rolls, sweet potato pies, cakes, banana pudding and dinners for individuals and groups.

Barbara did outreach work in the community affiliated with Raah Ministries, Sisters and Girlfriends in Christ (SAGIC) & Little Flock Children’s Ministry, and the “Praisers”. One of the most defining moments in her life was making the decision to align her faith and share her gifts with Rhema Christian Center in 1983, while working with other men and women of God to feed others with God’s word, kindness, encouragement and compassion. She was a very faithful member for 37 years as she contributed to the church as a teacher of new members, Sunday school, and Understanding God classes. She was also an Ordained Minister, Deacon, worker in the Café, counter of tithes and offerings, and church trustee board member.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Emmett and Mrs. Lovelena Burton; and sisters, Ms. Rosetta Lee Mitchell, Mrs. Lena Loretta (Lofie) Perrin, Miss Johnnie Mae Burton, Mrs. Arthelia Louise (Douchie) Hague, Mrs. Linda Faye Thomas, and Ms. Jackie Lundy.

Barbara leaves to celebrate her life; her devoted husband of 58 years Nathaniel Washington; her faithful sons, Dr. L. Marshall (Tonja) Washington and Dr. Nathan J. (Liza) Washington; caring daughter, Mrs. Natalie L. (Albert) Washington-Williams; step-son, Mr. Stewart Matthews; son in law, Mr. Jeffery Tarver; daughter in law, Dr. Yolonda Washington; brothers, Mr. James E. Burton, Mr. Frank Lee (Renee) Burton, Mr. Edward (Michelle) Burton, Mr. Maceo Burton, and Mr. Zantika Burton; brothers in law, Mr. Bobby Hague, Mr. Jimmy Thomas, Mr. Willie Outlaw, Mr. Franklin (Jo Ann) Jenkins, Mr. John Jenkins, Mr. James Fredrick Jenkins; sisters in law, Ms. Dorothy (Silas) Jenkins, Mrs. Ruthie Mae Smith, Mrs. Luvenia Betty (Billy) Cross, Mrs. Vernell Daniels, and Mrs. Jenell (Victor) Vincent; grandsons, Mr. William N. Washington, Mr. Joseph E. Washington, Mr. Ethan P. Washington, Mr. Nelson A. Washington, Mr. Jordan L. Washington, Mr. Jeffery Tarver, Jr., and Mr. Devin Harris; granddaughters, Miss Ebony R. Washington, Miss Lauren E. Washington, Miss Edmee Lyan Washington, Miss Taquilla Matthews, and Miss Jocelyn Matthews; a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, cousins and friends. Close sister friends are Mrs. Theresa Burns, Ms. Betty Jo Nelson, Mrs. Sandy Bennett, Ms. Charlesetta Pennington, and Ms. Dorothea Johnson. Her extended family includes many cherished close friends, God parents of her children, other relatives, and many spiritual sons and daughters. Barbara lived and leaves a legacy that included many from the Washington, Jenkins, Britt, Scott, Turns, Lemon and Burton families that is extended through multiple blood and spiritual lines.
One of Barbara’s positive affirmations for others included “I’m somebody special I’m the only one of my kind. God made me special with a bright healthy mind.”

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 12:00pm Monday, May 9, 2022 at Rhema Christian Center, 2100 Agler Road.

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Natalie Washington-Williams

    A Mother holds a Daughter’s hand for just a short while but her heart forever .. Love you Mommy.. Rest in Peace

  2. Pastors Edward and Dianna Poindexter

    Dear Natalie, Nate, Jimmy, Willie, Marlon and the rest of the Washington family: We are praying for you all! May the Lord be your refuge and strength and may HE be Your Peace and Comfort during this time of loss!

  3. L. Marshall Washington

    Mommy you are the very best! Love is personified by your demonstrated actions everyday. I know you are rejoicing with the angels. I love you!

  4. Grace Dixon: Church Secretary

    Pastor and 1st Lady Mark Cobb along with the Providence Baptist Church; would like to offer to the Family of Mrs. Barbara A. Washington our deepest regard and condolences during your time of grief. We pray and know that God will fill the void with loving memories of yesterday. Her physical presence will be missed, but we have the hope that she has found peace and a resting place in the arms of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    Respectfully Submitted
    Pastor and 1st Lady Mark Cobb
    Providence Baptist Church Family

  5. Ronnie and Harriett Malone

    Aunt Barbara you will be truly be missed by our entire Burton-Turns Family. We have so many wonderful and cherish memories that you have given all of us. Uncle Nate Natalie Marshall and Nathan and all the grandchildren know that you are not alone. God is with you all and your entire Family is here to love and support you. Rest in Peace Aunt Barbara. Love You.

  6. Cousins Eric, Tracey & Bryson Boamah

    Aunt Barbara,
    Thank you for the unwavering & consistent love, advice, encouragement, prayers and support you have shown me and my family since day one. You will always be in our hearts!
    Uncle Nate, Cousins Natalie, Marshall, Nathan, Will & family, God’s strength and love is ever present with you.
    Rest In Heavenly Peace Aunt Barbara

  7. Kula "Daniel" Bwamba

    To the Washington Family:

    I would like to give my sincerest condolences to the family. Your mother was a “JEWEL” and treated me like family. I pray that you all remember the good times shared together. Rest in Peace Mrs. Barbara Washington.

    Kula “Daniel” Bwamba

  8. To Nate, Marshall, and all of the Washington family:

    Please accept my deepest condolences. Your mother was a pillar of the community who touched so many people. I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

    Don Griffin

  9. Ronnie Roland

    We send our condolences to the Washington family. Mrs. Washington always greeted us with love and treated us as family. We pray during this time that God comforts you and keeps you.
    We love you!
    Ronnie and Annissa Roland and family.

  10. Linda Moseray

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of our Precious Sister Barbara, for myself personally and for Sagic (Little Flock)Ministries .
    We thank God for the deposit of love for God’s Word in our lives, and her spiritual impact as a Leader , Teacher and Sister Girlfriend. She leaves in my heart one of her favorite sayings, “I know a Man”.

  11. Charmel Burton Carter

    Condolences to the family

  12. To the Family,

    Condolences to you at this time of your loss. May the Lord continue to keep you by His comfort and extend His grace upon you. Barbara was a friend and a Godly inspiration. She was a woman of the Word and loved her family deeply. She will be missed!

  13. Crystal Cummings

    Mr Nathaniel, Natalie, Marshall and Nate thank you for sharing your wife and Mom she was truly a Woman of God. May God continue to bless each of you and keep you.

  14. Frankie White

    I love you Mrs.Barbara, you were such an inspiration for me and my family. You will be missed. To the family, she was a wonderful woman. May our father God keep you in this time of sorrow. May blessings

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