Eu­lalia H. Bar­ber

For­mer di­rec­tor of state Depart­ment of Health’s Home Care Providers was ac­tive at Olivet Bap­tist Church

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - By Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Eu­lalia H. Bar­ber, a cy­tol­o­gist, for­mer di­rec­tor of the state Depart­ment of Health and Mental Hy­giene’s Home Care Providers and church ac­tivist for more than seven decades at Olivet Bap­tist Church, died Nov. 17 in her sleep at her Brook­lyn Park home. She was 85.

The for­mer Eu­lalia Hinds was the daugh­ter of Her­bert S. Hinds, a long­shore­man, and Lil­lian C. Hinds, a home­maker. She was born in Bal­ti­more as one of seven chil­dren, and was raised in West Bal­ti­more.

She was a 1951 grad­u­ate of Fred­er­ick Dou­glass High School and in 1955 re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in bi­ol­ogy from what is now Mor­gan State Univer­sity.

Mrs. Bar­ber ob­tained a mas­ter’s de­gree in ad­min­is­tra­tion su­per­vi­sion from the Univer­sity of Mary­land, and re­ceived a sec­ond mas­ter’s in cy­tol­ogy from the Michi­gan In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Lapeer. She also com­pleted cour­ses in ra­di­ol­ogy cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for phle­botomy, and had train­ing in the use of elec­tro­car­dio­grams.

In 1955, she be­gan work­ing as a lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cian at the old Crownsville State Hos­pi­tal, where she re­mained un­til 1960, when she was named head lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cian for the state Depart­ment of Health and Mental Hy­giene.

Mrs. Bar­ber re­turned to Crownsville in 1967 when she was ap­pointed di­rec­tor of its clin­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory, then re­joined the state Depart­ment of Health and Mental Hy­giene as di­rec­tor of its Bal­ti­more and East­ern Shore Home Care Providers. She re­mained in that po­si­tion un­til re­tir­ing in 1973.

While work­ing for the state, Mrs. Bar­ber had a sec­ond ca­reer as an in­de­pen­dent cy­tol­o­gist and per­formed screenings for the old North Arun­del Hos­pi­tal — now the Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more Wash­ing­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter — as well as for the Univer­sity of Mary­land Har­ford Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, the old Fal­staff Med­i­cal Cen­ter and sev­eral pri­vate physi­cians.

In 1962, she mar­ried Joseph C. Bar­ber, a Beth­le­hem Steel worker and city tran­sit bus driver. The cou­ple later be­came owners and op­er­a­tors of Mount Cal­vary Ceme­tery in Brook­lyn Park. Af­ter his death in 1992, she con­tin­ued to op­er­ate the busi­ness.

“It was one of two black ceme­ter­ies, the other be­ing Mount Auburn in Mount Wi­nans,” said the Rev. Hari P. Close, a minister and owner of Hari P. Close Fu­neral Ser­vices P.A. in the city’s Walther­son neigh­bor­hood.

“We used Mount Cal­vary, which is quite his­tor­i­cal. She knew the his­tory of the ceme­tery and who was buried where,” said Mr. Close, a North­east Bal­ti­more res­i­dent.

“Eu­lalia made sure that ev­ery­thing was han­dled with dig­nity. She knew how to take care of fam­i­lies who were in need. Many peo­ple who came there couldn’t af­ford it, and had no money, but she made sure their loved ones were buried with dig­nity,” he said. “She be­lieved they de­served the same dig­nity as those who had money.”

Mr. Close said Mrs. Bar­ber could be “stern” but had a won­der­ful sense of hu­mor.

“Be­ing a woman in busi­ness, she had to be stern, but she had a heart of gold,” he said.

The cen­ter of Mrs. Bar­ber’s life was Olivet Bap­tist Church on Ed­mond­son Av­enue in West Bal­ti­more, where she had been an ac­tive mem­ber since 1943. She had held many po­si­tions at the church, which was founded on E. 23rd Street in 1922.

“She was a very re­li­gious per­son, and we were brought up in a very re­li­gious home. On Sun­days she made sure we all went to church,” said a brother, James Hinds, of St. Croix, Vir­gin Is­lands. “She did a whole lot of things at Olivet Bap­tist Church — which she loved — up un­til a cou­ple of years ago. She was all over the church.”

She was a trus­tee for the church for more than 45 years, and was fi­nan­cial sec­re­tary un­til 2014. She also had been church clerk and ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant to the late Rev. Wil­burn S. Wat­son, who was pas­tor at Olivet for 47 years un­til his death in 2009. Mrs. Bar­ber’s in­volve­ment with the church be­gan when she was a teenager and be­gan teach­ing Sun­day school. She made the school fun, fam­ily mem­bers said. She held Bi­ble com­pe­ti­tions with other churches, and also ar­ranged trips, plays, pageants, ral­lies and other cel­e­bra­tions. She later be­came Sun­day school su­per­in­ten­dent, and also headed Olivet’s Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School.

For more than two decades, she was ed­i­tor, co­or­di­na­tor and an­nouncer of the church’s “broad­cast and tape min­istry,” which aired over WBGR Ra­dio.

Other du­ties in­cluded be­ing co­or­di­na­tor of Olivet’s mort­gage burn­ing cer­e­mony and pul­pit aide. She was in­volved with the Gospel cho­rus, kitchen com­mit­tee, birth­day cir­cle and for 10 years di­rected the church’s food share and Thanks­giv­ing bas­ket pro­grams.

Ad­di­tion­ally, she was be­reave­ment co­or­di­na­tor for more than 20 years.

Af­ter Mr. Wat­son’s death, she led the ef­fort that re­sulted in hav­ing the street sign at the cor­ner of the church des­ig­nated Bishop Way.

Mrs. Bar­ber en­joyed read­ing the Bi­ble and en­gag­ing in Bi­ble study.

An ac­com­plished seam­stress, she was also known for wear­ing the stylish clothes she made for her­self, and also had sewn clothes for her sis­ters, cousins and other mem­bers of her ex­tended fam­ily.

She en­joyed play­ing vi­olin, piano and or­gan. She had been an avid Bal­ti­more Colts fan, and in re­cent years watched foot­ball on TV. She was also a world trav­eler.

“She will be re­mem­bered for her gen­eros­ity, kind­ness and tire­less ‘can do spirit,’” wrote a sis­ter, Bertha Hay­wood, of Edge­wood, in a bi­o­graph­i­cal pro­file of Mrs. Bar­ber.

At Mrs. Bar­ber’s re­quest, fu­neral ser­vices were pri­vate.

In ad­di­tion to her brother and sis­ter, she is sur­vived by an­other brother, Clif­ford Hinds-Bey of Bal­ti­more; an­other sis­ter, Anna Hinds of Mid­dle River; and many nieces and neph­ews.

Eu­lalia H. Bar­ber and her hus­band op­er­ated Mount Cal­vary Ceme­tery for years.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.