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Barbara Elizabeth Humphreys

Obituary for Barbara Elizabeth Humphreys

June 24, 1932 - July 22, 2019
Newark, Delaware | Age 87


Barbara Elizabeth Humphreys of Newark passed away, July 22, 2019. Born June 24, 1932 in Northstar, DE, Barbara was the daughter of the late Florence Lyons Humphreys and Albert Organ Humphreys.

After finishing Newark High School, Barbara went on to graduate from the Wilmington General School of Nursing. Practicing first there and at St. Francis, she then spent several years as a nurse in Hawaii. Returning stateside, Barbara served for 5 years as a nurse at Forest Oak Elementary School, reflecting her special affection for the young.

Marked by polio in childhood, Barbara devoted herself to the welfare of special needs children. Taking a position with the Dept. of Public Instruction, she helped craft Special Education policies and programs implemented throughout Delaware. Having completed a Masters of Education at the University of Delaware, she later earned a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University. She retired after 25 years with the state in 1989.

An avid Phillies fan, Barbara loved attending games with family and friends from church. Barbara was a lifetime member of Ebenezer UMC, serving on church committees and acting as lay speaker.

Barbara is survived by her brother John W. Humphreys, nephews Hugh and Jonathan Powell as well as extended family members including Rod Call, Charlotte Collins, Mary-Evelyn & Bill Gregson, Rebecca Batson Kidner, Mary-Pat Rivers, Colleen Shatley, their spouses and families.

Barbara was preceded in death by sisters Margaret and Ray, and nephews Maury Powell and Scott Kosch. A memorial service is planned for 10:00am, Saturday, Sept. 28 at Ebenezer UMC, 525 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711.

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