November 5, 1933 ~ June 7, 2022
Barbara Martin Andrews Jones, 88, of Pittsboro, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home.
A memorial service was held Saturday, June11, 2022, at 3 p.m., at Pittsboro Baptist Church, with Peter McDonald officiating. Visitation was held at 2 p.m.
Barbara was born in Pittsboro on November 5, 1933, to George Henry Andrews and Beatrice Rowe Martin. She graduated from Pittsboro High School in 1951, received her BA from Meredith College in 1955, and her Master’s in Education from East Carolina University in 1963. While she lived in multiple cities and states throughout her career, Barbara retired as librarian after 24 years in the Atlanta public school system. She returned to Pittsboro immediately after her retirement in 1992.
Barbara had a smile that truly lit up every room. She never aspired to be the center of attention, always instead wanting to ensure everyone around her was having a good time. Among friends and family, she was cherished for both her wit and her wisdom. As with every good English major, you could count on Barbara to explain the correct usage of “lay” and “lie” as many times as required. Despite her perpetually positive outlook, Barbara had weathered many storms, handling each with class, grace, and courage. Part of every good-bye was the phrase “Do right,” just a gentle reminder.
Barbara is survived by her daughter Ashley Rabbitt (Ken), her granddaughter Martin Atwell (Kyle), her grandson Mitch Rabbitt (Kathryn), and beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Eleanor Jane Wilmot, and her brother George H. Andrews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Pittsboro Baptist Church, P.O. Box 696, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312, or UNC Chapel Hill, 123 Franklin Street, Suite 510, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516 (please designate account number 343961 for the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice House).