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Obituary: Barbara Dee Marsh

Barbara Dee Marsh of Prescott passed away peacefully in her home July 28, 2016, at the age of 64. Her family moved to Prescott when she was ten, and she lived here in town most of her life. Barb, as she was called, worked for the local phone company while in high school. Early on in life she discovered a talent for painting with oils.

Barb could be a wonderful and passionate healer. She studied A Course in Miracles for over thirty years, reading it daily, and sharing its profound truths with whomever would listen. She was a great teacher when called on, but loving herself came a little harder. For a number of years, Barb sought comfort and healing in a local Oneness group, finally stopping when her health no longer permitted.

She had a deep love and compassion for animals and once made friends with a female javelina. Barb adopted it, feeding it when food seemed scarce. Soon, her four-legged friend trusted her implicitly, even allowing her to pet and hug it. After months of communion, it disappeared into the bush, only to return a number of weeks later with a hoard of baby piglets. Her new family quickly adopted her. Barb loved them all and in short order named each one, then helped the mother raise them. She provided them with a shelter, with straw to sleep on, and blankets on the colder nights. Such was her passion for animals, and their trust in her. I guess you could say she was a Javelina Whisperer.

Barb is survived by her mother, Helen Clizbe, sister, Jan Barbour, and many friends. A dozen or more of us celebrated Barb’s life shortly after her passing during a local Oneness group. Her ashes were later spread over the grave of her dog, Gage, at Barb’s request. It was a wonderful send-off.

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