Pauline Boyd Barber, 72, church activist


Pauline Boyd Barber, a homemaker and former Pen Lucy-Govans area church activist, died Feb. 28 of congestive heart failure at Howard County General Hospital. She was 72 and lived in Laurel.

Born Pauline Boyd in Vienna, Va., she attended Manassas High School in Manassas, Va., where she graduated with a home economics specialty in 1948. She moved to Baltimore in 1958 and initially lived in East Baltimore on Decker Avenue.

In 1951, she wed the Rev. Theodore L. Barber of the Refuge Way of the Cross Church of Christ, an apostolic holiness congregation in the Govans-Pen Lucy section of North Baltimore. He died in 2000.

Mrs. Barber worked as a seasonal employee for the Postal Service in the 1960s and also worked as a nurse's aide for the Baltimore County Health Department.

For more than 40 years, she was active with Refuge Way of the Cross Church of Christ, 4301 Old York Road, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. She was vice president of the Pastor's Aide auxiliary, a member of the missionary board, and participated in outreach projects, including the Willing Workers Club, Building Fund Committee and Refuge Chorus.

Survivors include a son, Paul Brien Barber of Newport News, Va.; two daughters, Marilyn Annette Barber and Claudia Barber, both of Laurel; a sister, Helen Boyd of Washington; and two grandchildren.

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