Barbara Antionette Brown was born Barbara Antionette Bunton on December 31, 1943 in Austin, Texas. Her parents were Reverend Eugene Bunton and Willie Mae Bunton, and she was their middle child of seven.
Barbara professed her Christian faith at an early age while a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was shortly thereafter baptized at New Hope A.M.E. Church. Barbara was an active church member, choosing to dedicate her time to providing support to youth organizations. Music held a special place in her heart. She was a trained pianist and used her talent to serve the Lord.
After graduating from Anderson High School, Barbara began studying business at Prairie View A&M University. She took time off from her studies to get married and give birth to two children: a daughter, Haletha Lynea, and a son, Barben Anthony.
Barbara’s exceptional office skills secured her a long career with Austin Independent School District and Community Education. She continued her business studies at St. Edwards University when her busy schedule permitted.
She loved classical and gospel music, the color yellow, gardening, cooking new dinner recipes, and sports. She let everyone she met know that her favorite sports teams, the Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, and Houston Astros, were the best. She was spunky and allowed her family and special friends to call her by her nickname, “Bobcat”. She always sacrificed her needs for the needs of her children.
Barbara will be remembered as a kind, loving, and selfless mother who sought to look past difficult situations and see the good. She would often say, “Every day is beautiful because God made it.”
Her parents and her brother, Luther Bunton, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter, Haletha Judkins; son, Barben Brown; sisters Dorothy Trigg, Julia Bunton, and Dale Bunton; brothers Willie Bunton and Lawrence Bunton; and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.
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