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Barbara A. Anderson-Dupriest
March 17, 1943 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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With heavy hearts yet an abundance of love, we remember our beloved matriarch Barbara Ann Dupriest, affectionately known as "Gancey", was a beacon of compassion, dedication, and love to all who knew her.
Barbara, born on March 17, 1943, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, and returned to her heavenly home on October 6, 2023. Famed writer Maya Angelou once said " I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." This quote encapsulates Gancey's life perfectly.
She was an ambitious woman who dedicated her life to installing her great attributes into her grandchildren. She stood as a mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister to her family and numerous others in the community. Her strong-minded and respectful nature was a testament to her character, making her a respected figure within her community. Barbara had a heart of gold, and her legacy as the neighborhood's mother to all which was on of her proudest achievements.
Her career as a Dental Assistant, dedicating her services to Dr. David MaHoney D.D.S before her retirement. Her professional life was not just a job, but a platform through which she extends her nurturing spirit. Barbara was a deeply loving and dedicated mother not only to her children but also to her grandchildren and her beloved dogs; Billy Bob, Special, Peanut, Precious, Snoopy, Shamar, Lucky, Diamond, Missy, Storm, and Queen. Her home was a haven for all, and she became the neighborhood mother, a testament to her kind and nurturing spirit.
Barbara's hobbies were simple, yet they brough her immerse joy and fulfillment. She found joy in the little things, like painting her nails, applying her lipstick, and recycling cans. These seemingly simple acts highlighted her attention to detail and her commitment to preserving the environment.
Barbara is survived by her children, Michelle Menyard, Orlando , and Gordan Ivey “Micky”. Grandchildren , Tonica Johnson, Tiffany Menyard, Candance Menyard, Lawrence Shorter, Travon Menyard, Tiffanni, Micheal, Martell, Ashley, Willie, Shenita, Julius, and Lisa ; as well her great-grand children. Her brother Billy (Ruby) Anderson, her nephews Billy Jr. and Marcellus; her nieces Cindy McCall and Linda (Rodney) Kirkendoll. A cousin who holds a special place n her heart, Lynn "Cousin Lynn" Coleman. Her goddaughter LaKisha Peck, and her life long sister and best friend, Vanessa Hill. She was preceded in death by her sons Lawerence Anthony and Willie Jr., her sister Fannie Miller, and her parents, James and Tillie Anderson. Her life, though filled with challenges and trials, was a testament to her resilience and determination. As we mourn her passing, we celebrate her life and the love she shared with everyone she knew. Her compassion, dedication, and unfaltering love for her family and community will forever be cherished.