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Barbara Jean George, a homemaker whose expertise preparing Southern-style cuisine found favor with family and friends, died Sunday of brain cancer at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. She was 71.

Barbara Jean Johnson, whose parents were farmers, was born and raised in Lenoir City, Tenn. She was a 1956 graduate of Lenoir City High School and worked as a waitress in Akron, Ohio, and Washington, where she met her husband.

In 1964, she married Robert C. George, a mechanical contractor who was later president of Heer Bros. The couple were longtime Westminster residents.

"She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family and friends, as well as cooking and entertaining. She loved making desserts," said a daughter, Rebecca D. Jarboe of Westminster.

Mrs. George also was an avid flower and vegetable gardener and collected Lladro porcelain figurines.

She attended Northwest Baptist Church, 300 Westminster Road, Reisterstown, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. George is survived by another daughter, Amy N. Timberlake of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, Walter Thomas Johnson of Kingston, Tenn.; a sister, Lillian Katz of Norfolk, Va.; a stepmother, Margaret L. Johnson of Akron; and two grandchildren.

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