Barbara J. Deeble, a medical professional who was active in her church and rallied for children suffering from juvenile diabetes, died Saturday at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Rosedale after suffering a stroke. She was 53 and had lived in Joppatowne.
Barbara Dye was born in Spangler, Pa. The middle child of three, she graduated from Northern Cambria High School in 1971.
She met her future husband when she was a teenager. Charles Arthur Deeble, who lived in Harford County, would take deer-hunting trips to the Pennsylvania countryside, where the two met through mutual friends.
They soon married and moved to Harford County.
In the 1990s, they moved back to Pennsylvania, where Mrs. Deeble worked in the admitting department at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pa.
About five years ago she and her husband moved back to Maryland and settled in Joppatowne to be closer to family. She worked in the billing department for a doctor in Bel Air.
She was a bell ringer in the choir at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Joppa and enjoyed boating trips on the Susquehanna and Chesapeake Bay aboard the couple's Sea Ray powerboat.
She had planned to participate in a fundraising walk this Sunday in Baltimore for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Her 4-year-old grandson has the disease. She had urged friends and relatives to donate to the cause and was excited to receive birthday cards with checks written to the foundation.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the E.F. Lassahn Funeral Home, 11750 Belair Road, Kingsville. Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 622 Joppa Farm Road, Joppa.
She is survived by her husband; her mother, Pauline Davis, and stepfather, Ruel Davis, of Sun City Center, Fla.; a sister, Beverly Vorhees of Ruskin, Fla.; a brother, John Dye of Delaware, Ohio; two daughters, Christa Ann Carll of Joppa and Jennifer Lyn Deeble of Dillsburg, Pa.; a son, Charles Ivan Deeble of Dillsburg; and four grandchildren.