Barbara Jean Martin
4/1/1942 – 10/11/2020
Loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Barbara Jean Martin of Lincoln, NE passed away early Sunday morning, October 11, 2020 at the age of 78 at Bryan Medical Center. Barb was born April 1, 1942 to Martha Ozena Reynolds – Brooks and Carl Frank Brooks in Marmaduke, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Darrell Martin, August 22nd, 2020. She is survived by brothers, Danny Brooks; and Rodney Brooks; sister, Brenda Brooks; son, Kenneth Howard; daughters, Kelly Howard; and Kaela Howard; several nieces and nephews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Barb worked in optics for 30 years and even long after retiring, she continued to work for Lincoln Public Schools. She was hard working, loved her family, was always happy to spend time with her great grandchildren, enjoyed making crafts and attending craft shows, and always enjoyed doing the daily cross word puzzle. She was so ecstatic over the holidays that her face lit up with every decoration that she put out. Barb lit up the room with her enlightened spirit and playful sense of humor.
At her request, no service will be held. Celebration of life at a later date.
God saw she was getting tired
and the cure was not to be.
So He put his arms around her and
whispered, “Come with me.”
With tearful hearts
we watched her fade away.
Although we loved her dearly,
we could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands laid to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.
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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Condolences for Barbara Jean Martin
I was welcomed into the family when I was thirteen years old and always felt like a member. The good, the bad, the crazy……I wouldn’t change a thing. Miss you “Mom”.
I miss you each and every day that passes!! I’m mad at the world for taking you from us. If I knew that, that Friday would be the last time I was going to see you, I would’ve hugged you alot longer! May your gentle soul rest in heaven now Grandma. I know my girls will forever have you as their gaurdian angel to watch over them and protect them. We love and miss you so so much!!
WE LOVE AND MISS YOU SO SO MUCH GG!!!! 😭💔
Mom you were taken from us way to soon. It breaks my heart every time I think about you. It’s been a month since you’ve been gone and I still can’t talk about you without crying. I enjoyed the short time you were living with me I just wish it could’ve been longer. I still look for you to pop your head around the corner to ask me what you doing. Even though you said you didn’t want my dog Chico to be in your area all the time. It didn’t take long for him to capture your heart and become your dog. He’s not been the same since you left and neither have I. I’m angry at the universe for taking you away. My emotions are all confused I wish you were here to talk to. Your spirit will forever live in my heart as well as those who you left behind. Im sorry that the last day of your journey to the end was a traumatic one. I just hope that you Have found eternal peace Within your new place in the universe. I love you mom forever and always your youngest daughter Kaela.
I am so sorry to just hear of Barbs passing. I thought about her yesterday and was compelled to pray for her. I worked with her for a few years at JCP Optical. She was a great manager and she taught me so much. Barb was so good with people and very good at her job. She will always remain as one of the best people I have ever worked with.