Barbara Elizabeth Lumby, born Barbara Elizabeth Condon, to the late Robert and Dorothy E. Condon on November 18, 1947 in Waynesboro, PA died at home surrounded by her family and friends on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Barbara died after a four year battle against Ovarian Cancer. She was a loving, giving and courageous woman who will be deeply missed by those fortunate enough to have shared in her earthly journey.
Barbara graduated from Cedar Cliff High School in 1965. She had a passion for learning and despite a delay in her own advanced education; she was a Girl Scout leader, feminist and advocate for civil rights in her early 20’s. She celebrated diversity and was passionate about the rights of all.
Barbara was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. She loved her parish and was very proud and committed to her Faith. Barbara was a Master Gardner with the Penn State Cooperative Extension; College of Agricultural Sciences. Barbara was most proud of her volunteer work as a Master Gardener with the Mallard Run Nursing Home and the Williamsburg Youth Garden at the Mechanicsburg Administration Building.
In addition to her volunteering, Barbara was an avid gardener in her personal life. She was very proud and dedicated to her gardens where she spent most of her time. Her home was among those featured in the Cumberland County Penn State Master Garden Tour in 2010, despite receiving chemotherapy at that time.
Barbara graduated with an Associates of Science Degree from York College in 1984 and received a Horticultural Certification from Harrisburg Area Community College in 2005.
Barbara was the embodiment of grace and elegance. She demonstrated nothing less than courage and inner strength in her battle against Ovarian Cancer. Her desire to live and make memories with those she loved continued despite her diagnosis.
Barbara will be especially remembered for her love of the earth, Sage spirit, and love of cooking. Barbara will also be cherished by her family for her love and celebration of Christmas “and it will always be said of her, that she knew how to keep Christmas well.” She believed her best virtues were her ability to grow her gardens and entertain.
Barbara is survived by her partner and husband of 32 years, Luke Lumby. In addition to her husband, Barbara is survived by her daughters; Toinette Shearer and paramour Rick Krout; Richele Durbin and husband, John T. and her son William Lumby and wife, Linda. She was preceded in death by her infant son, David Condon. Barbara has six grandchildren who deeply loved her; Haley (Haley Bug) and Hannah Durbin (Hanni); Joshua, Kyler and Alyssa Lumby; and Justin Durbin. Barbara will also be deeply missed by her surviving sister, Judith Mae Peters and husband, Stephen of North Carolina.
Additionally, she was a savior of many four-legged creatures and will be deeply missed by her most recent fortunate brood; Abby, Shea-Shea, Miss Kitty and Theo.
Barbara was especially grateful to her “A”team, who rallied around her when she most needed them; Bill and Diane Stanton and Tammy Hair. Barbara’s family is especially grateful to Dr. Lani Martin of Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia who gave Barb four years of quality life. Dr. Thomas and Sheron Andrews who showed compassion, gentleness and permission when it was needed most, and to Homeland Hospice, especially Chrissy and Missy.
Because of her innate wisdom, acceptance and understanding; those who spent time with her always left her presence feeling a sense of peace. Our beloved “Bubbeh” will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg with recitation of the Rosary at8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 310 Hertzler Drive, Mechanicsburg with the Rev. Msgr. William King J.C.D. as celebrant. Entombment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or your area animal shelter.