Barbara Ellen Blacklock Rushing died peacefully on January 16, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Barbara was the third born of four girls to Lorene and Richard Blacklock in Post, Texas, where she grew up. She married Charles Rushing on June 10, 1961 at Friendship Baptist Church near Post, Texas.
Barbara became a homemaker, an Air Force wife, and provided love and support to her son and a daughter. They moved around the United States, living in San Angelo, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, Houston, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana before returning to Phoenix in 1980.
In the mid-1980s, she began taking classes at Scottsdale Community College. Barbara loved art and photography and was a lovely artist. She graduated shortly thereafter with her Associate’s degree. She went on to work in the gift-wrapping department at Goldwater’s for many years and then began working as a retail salesperson at The Broadway. She eventually retired and enjoyed helping raise two of her granddaughters, who live in Phoenix, as well.
Anyone who knew Barbara knew her love of animals. She fed the stray cats in the neighborhood, the birds in her backyard, and even raccoons could be seen on her patio from time-to-time. Animals just gravitated to her; she was like Snow White. Her kind soul made her so special, and people who knew her were blessed to have her in their lives. Everyone she met would always say the same thing–Barbara was the sweetest person they had ever met.
Barbara is predeceased by her husband, Charles Rushing, her father, Richard Virgil Blacklock and her mother, Lorene Estell Blacklock, along with her sister, Fern Adams. She is survived by her sisters, Janet Porterfield and Gloria Gee; her son, Richard Rushing and daughter-in-law, Chantal Rushing; her daughter, Judie Kupillas and son-in-law Robert Kupillas; along with her grandchildren, Chris Rushing, Victoria Rushing, Eva Rushing, Jessica Kupillas, Alyson Kupillas and Gally Huynh and hosts of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held Sunday, January 27th, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m. A Celebration of Life ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception at 1:00 p.m. All will take place at Best Funeral Services, 501 E. Dunlap, Phoenix, Arizona. A private burial will be held on Monday, January 28th at the National Memorial Cemetery.