Gardening 09

Barbara Ione Brubaker

December 4, 1930 ~ June 7, 2020 (age 89)


Barbara Ione Brubaker, 89, died peacefully at her home Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Givens Estates Health Center, Asheville, NC. Born and raised in Hyattsville, MD, she was the beautiful child and devoted daughter of Blanche and Wallace Dobbin. It was while getting her degree in art education at the University of Maryland that she met her husband, Russell E. Brubaker with whom she embarked on 63 years of loving marriage. After Russell’s many years of service as an officer in the United States Army, making their home in France, Washington, Kansas, Germany, and Virginia, they settled in Virginia Beach, VA where for 23 years Barbara taught elementary school art to thousands of children. In 2015 after the death of Russell, she traded the ocean horizon for the mountain skyline and moved to Asheville.

Gifted with boundless curiosity, Barbara loved animals, gardens, nature, music, and travel. A lover of books and history, for many years she was a volunteer docent at an 18th century historic house in Virginia Beach. She was a talented artist and craft person who produced many creative paintings and art objects. She and Russell enjoyed traveling to foreign lands including Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Russian, Scotland, and England. Whether the subject was pets, houses, cars, boats or family she always had engaging stories to tell. Throughout her long life she did her best to honor her parents, cherish her family, love her neighbors, and trust in God, always while being cheerful and kind.

She is lovingly remembered by her son, Michael Brubaker and daughter-in-law Charlotte Caplan of Asheville, NC; and grandson Samuel Brubaker and his wife Elina Thomas of Portland, OR. A graveside memorial in Maryland will be held at a future date. Memorial donations in Barbara’s name may be made to to protect the Virginia waterways that she loved.

Her family wish to thank her many caregivers and all the staff at Givens Estates for their skill and compassion in helping Barbara throughout her time at Givens. 

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