Barbara Jean Sufian

Funeral services for Barbara Jean Sufian, 67, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Lawrence. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Sufian died Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Barb was born in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 27, 1949, to Melburn N. and Eleanor Carnegie Washburn. As part of a military family, she traveled frequently and graduated from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany in 1967. She earned a degree in education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo.

As a young girl, she enjoyed helping with her father’s military parties and spent her life entertaining family and friends. People were her hobby. She loved to travel, to learn about other cultures and make friends across the globe.

She settled in Lawrence and helped raise many children – including her four grandchildren — in a home-based daycare. She helped abused children as a longtime social worker. Most recently she helped students with special needs as an attendant on First Student buses in Lawrence.

Her passions were cooking and celebrating life with family and friends in her home.
Survivors include husband, Abdella (Ochaala) Sufian Amin, they were married Feb. 17, 2005, in Lahor, Punjab, Pakistan; daughter, Pat (Webster) Ozaki; brothers, Lloyd Washburn and wife Nancy (Davis), of Kansas, City, Mo., and Robert Washburn; brother in law, Stan Feldman; step sister, Chong Yoon; grandchildren, Steven, Caitlyn, Daniel and Megan Ozaki; nephews, Eric, Robert, Yamin and Yaujan; nieces, Valerie and Vicky (husband Martin)

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sharon Ann Washburn Feldman; and son-in-law, David Ozaki.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Pinckney Neighborhood Association, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Christine M. Koehler Collins...

Barbara was my visiting teacher from 1997-2001 from the time that I arrived in Lawrence, Kansas until the my kids and I moved away. She did take to her heart wounded souls and did God’s work. She helped heal my family and myself. She was a support and love to those she took in. Funny thing is, is that I am attending the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare working on my Master’s Degree and will graduate in 2016. I plan on working with parents and children. I hope that I can make their lives a little better than when I had entered their lives as Barbara made ours! She always did live life as she taught by her actions – she made her part of the world a little bit better. I pray that I can do this, as well. Barbara, I know that you’re with Heavenly Father. That you’re there doing His work and being the wonderful, loving person that you were here and enriching others lives. Thank for being who God created and for touching my life, the lives of my grown children and the lives of so many. May all of those that you touched in their lives be comforted. We love You! My prayer and thoughts for those who lost a truly loved person, sister, and loved one.

From Kathy Mulinazzi, Small World Director...

On Wednesday, Sept. 28th Barbara Sufian hosted an evening social for Small World . Barbara willingly opened her home, and happily welcomed twenty-two Small World women! It was an amazing evening with delicious food, and new friendships. When the students found out that it was Barbara’s birthday, one of the women gave Barb a small chocolate cake and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to her. As I left her house, Barbara told me, “It was a special birthday, one I will never forget!” Three days later, Barbara passed. She was a sweet, friendly woman who opened her heart and her home to strangers, a group of international women. It was indeed a thoroughly enjoyable evening! Those of us fortunate enough to share the evening together, will never forget Barbara, the kindhearted woman who made that wonderful evening possible!

From Janie Tanner...

Barbara, you will truly be missed. I always appreciated seeing you early on Sunday mornings when I was practicing the organ and you would help me keep beat to the songs if I was unsure how fast or slow they were supposed to be. I always loved seeing you smile and greet me with such kindness. You and your family are in my constant thoughts and prayers.

From Meredith Richley...

Oh Barbara, I will miss you greatly. You helped me out so many times! Heaven is a better place with your spunky attitude and gift of serving others!

From Sherri Horn...

Barbara Bush That Who I Call
We Share The Same Birthday ?
Such A Beautiful Person…I Work Her At The Bus Barn….Sherri Call Me Sherri Strawberry that The Kind Relationship We Had….She Will Be Greatly Missed…Sending My
Prayers Up For Family And Friends !!!

From Peter Steimle...

Barb was cheering people and sharing friendship all the time, throwing her snack-chat lunches and BBQs, and continually giving love and acceptance to everyone I ever saw her meet. Everyone who learned that from her is probably passing it on and making our community a nicer place. It may seem odd if you don’t know Barb, but we really should have a party at her funeral…It would make her laugh, set her eyes to sparkling, and you know she would approve. 🙂

From Bailey Ridgway...

Barbara,
You were by far one of the most influential people from my childhood. You taught me manners, how to say please and thank you, and always threw the best holiday parties. You truely were part of our family; I’ll never forget your St. Patrick’s Day Parade floats, “Barbara’s Kids”, and the way you made me giggle with how you said “hot dogs”. I love you Barbara and I’m going to miss you so much.

From Luanne Hess...

My dearest hop along I will miss your giving me a hard time as well as my massages on my neck when you knew I was stressing…Love you your gimp Luanne…

From Chrystal Hunter...

Barbara,
You were such an important part of all of our lives. I will miss your smile, home cooked meals, holiday parties and all of our games of skip-bo. You made us part of the family. The world is a dimmer place because of your absence.

From Tracy...

Barbara,
Your patient, accepting, and tolerant presence will be sorely missed at work. Thanks for letting us get to know you.

From Melissa Smith...

Barbara, we are going to miss you so much. Amazing lady, great and caring friend and the best daycare provider in the world. My kids loved you and you made such an impact on their lives. Part of who they are is because of you. We’ll never forget you.

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