Barbara Louise Omstead Gleaves
May 16, 1928 - February 23, 2010
Barbara Gleaves went to be with our Lord on February 23, 2010.
She left behind a legacy of love and a devoted family. Her beloved
husband Eddie, her daughter Donna, and her grandson steven were waiting
to usher he home. She was also preceded in death by her parents and
her brother Robert Charles Omstead.
Barbara Louise Omstead was born in Berkeley, CA, to Charles Arthur
and Marguerite Laverne (Owens) Omstead on May 16, 1928. She attended
Berkeley High School where she was an active member of the women's synchronized
swim team. She also was an excellent tap dancer much to the delight
of her children.
She met Edward L. Gleaves, her dashing knight-in-a-sailor-uniform,
at a U.S.O. dance in Berkeley, CA. It was love at first sight when
their eyes met and he shouted across the room, "Hey, Snicklefritz."
Six months later, they married on August 18, 1945. Later, they moved
from Berkeley, CA, lived briefly in Fort Wayne, IN, and eventually settled
in the North Texas area near Edward's family home of Van Alstyne.
Barbara and Eddie were longtime residents of Howe, TX, and members of the
First Baptist Church of Howe.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Karen Brabant & husband
David of El Cajon, CA; 2 sons, James Gleaves & wife Judy of Sherman,
TX, and Charles J. Gleaves of Pilot Point, TX. Her grandchildren
Matt Felknor & wife Marcie, Amy Torabian & husband Kayvan, Kenneth
Gleaves & wife Jenny, Chris Gleaves & wife Stacy, Charles E. Gleaves
& wife Jacqueline, and Sarah Spence & husband Justin will miss
her dearly. Her great-grandchildren Payton, Max, Kaveh, Eric, Bradley,
Allie, Cyrus, Curtis, Sierra, Catalina, and Syrina will all have a true
angel watching ove them throughout the days of their lives. Barbara
will also be missed by half-sister Nancy McBeen & husband Marc and
their family in Brownsville, CA.
Reception and viewing will be at Flesher Funeral Home in Van Alstyne,
TX, on Friday, February 26, 2010, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, followed by graveside
services at Van Alstyne Cemetery conducted by Rev. Roger Tidwell and under
the direction of Flesher Funeral Home.