Barbara Painter

Barbara Ann Marotta Painter peacefully passed away Monday, March 26th. After a 15 month battle with cancer, she is with the angels and no longer in pain.

Barbara is the dear daughter of the late Michael and Bernice Marotta; and loving wife of the late Virgil Guy Painter.

Barbara is survived by her only sister and best friend, Susan Hughes and brother-in-law Charles Hughes. She is aunt and godmother of Michael Huges, best aunt of and inspiration to Kristen Docter and Joe Docter, great aunt and godmother of Kaylee Docter, and adored great aunt of Dominic Docter; a dear friend of many in the Tampa Bay area.

Barbara was born and raised in Scranton, Pa. She was a nurse in New York City and later lived in Tampa, FL for over 30 years. In 2011 she moved to Missouri to be close to family. 

Barbara was a classy lady. She was a strong and independent business woman. She enjoyed golfing, shopping and travel. Barbara has a special love for animals, especially her cat Georgie.

Barbara was charismatic, the life of the party. She will always be loved and greatly missed by all who knew her.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, March 31st at St. Joseph’s Church in Manchester, MO. Visitation at 9:30am, mass at 10am. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, or Mercy Hospice of St. Louis.


  1. Lucy Dowie on March 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    My heart goes out to Barbara’s loving family. She will be missed. I’ll always remember the fun we had playing golf together, her laughter and sweet smile. Barbara introduced me to so many of the wonderful friends I hold dear.

  2. Susan Zumwalt on March 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Barb’s wonderful sister Sue, and to all her family. I will sadly miss her wonderful presence, her radiating smile, and quick sense of humor. I will forever cherish the wonderful times we spent together.

  3. Damani L. on March 31, 2012 at 7:02 am

    To the family and friends of Barbara Ann Painter: I am truly sorry for your loss. Our loving creator has provided hope and comfort to help us through such difficult times. Isiah 33:24 promises a time when “no resident will say “I am sick”…..John 5: 28,29 promises a resurrection…. Rev. 21:4 promises a time when there will be no pain, outcry or even death……The time will soon come when these scriptures will be fulfilled. In the meantime hold on to the memories of your loved one and prepare yourselves that you may be there to greet her when the time comes.

  4. Shirley Dibley on April 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Barbara was a class act….I will truly miss her and all of the good times and Birthday celebrations we had together. My deepest sympathy to her loving family.

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