(ROANOKE) Barbara Mitchell McDow has been making lives a little brighter for over 74 years. On Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, she peacefully passed away in her sleep and left the world a much better place for having her in it.

Her life will be celebrated by family and friends at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at Trinity Baptist Church in Roanoke, where she devoted over 55 years to her "second family." The Rev. Frank Sledge, Rev. David Guinn and Rev. Jeff Burns will officiate, and Dianne Warren will bring the eulogy. Burial will follow the service at Randolph Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the church.

On May 5, 1945, Barbara became daughter to James Pemiliton and Myrtis Brown Mitchell, who have preceded her in death. On the same day, she became sister to four amazing women, preceded by Joyce Denham and Sarah Knight and survived by Margaret Weathers and Katherine Vinson. From her first day, Randolph County has been her home, and she was a proud graduate of Handley High School's Class of 1963. Over the years, she also became aunt to a growing host of greatly loved nieces and nephews.

Fifty-six years ago, she became wife to John Herman McDow, who captured her heart and remained by her side throughout their precious life together. As mother to Denise McDow Wilson and Jon Keith McDow, she filled their childhood home with love and laughter. Years passed and her family grew to include Greg Wilson and Amy Guinn McDow, allowing her to finally take on the role of "Nana," which was her favorite by far. Her six grandchildren, Sophie McDow, Becca McDow, Maibyn Huey, Tanner Huey, Lindsey Wilson Sims and Jeff Wilson, brought an abundance pride and joy to her life.

Until her retirement from Hughes Aircraft in LaGrange in 1999, her career as a technician with local industries led to many lifelong friendships. In addition to the family she cherished, Barbara treasured her relationships with the people in her community and was a dear and priceless friend to many.

People who knew Barbara McDow quickly learned her small stature disguised a woman of great character, strength, determination and generosity. Her smile and big brown eyes will be missed almost as much as the memories of how it felt to be loved by her.

To share condolences online, please visit www.quattlebaumfuneralhome.com._

Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.