Barbara K. Converse

October 29, 2020
Barbara K. Converse

Barbara K. Converse, a long-time resident of Williamsburg, passed away on October 29, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and best friend, Henry B. Converse; her parents, Steve J. Ordich and Kathryn Ordich Masley; her brother, John F. Ordich; and her sister, Mary M. Ordich.

She worked for twenty-two years for the Department of the Navy as a Senior Analyst in planning, programming, and budgeting. She served in the Office of Naval Material, the Executive Office of the Secretary of the Navy; Office of the Comptroller of the Navy Pentagon and the Naval Sea Systems Command. She was a life member of the National Association of Military Comptrollers.

Upon retiring to Williamsburg with her husband, she became a self-schooled watercolor artist. She was an active member of the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center; the VA Museum of Fine Art in Richmond; The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of W&M, and several other local art groups. She enjoyed being with family and friends, educational lectures/trips, theatre, arts & crafts, reading, and baking. She especially loved dogs, being an adopted aunt to any dog that crossed her path.

She is survived by her brother, Steve C. Ordich (Rita); her sister, Anne M. Humphrey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Barbara requested that there be no formal funeral or memorial. She will be interred with her husband at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium, Annapolis, MD and at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden in Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Heritage Humane Society of Williamsburg, 430 Waller Mill Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185; St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. 1333 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Barbara would like to thank the many friends and organizations who helped her.


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  • November 06, 2020
    Lynn Llewellyn says:
    Barbara Converse was great. She was always well dressed, and always very neat and tidy. She had a such a "can do" attitude. She adored her husband, Hank. I had the privilege of first meeting Barbara when I sold her home on Hunting Cove and when she purchased her new home on Avery Circle. She took on every project with such positiveness. I know she really enjoyed working on her watercolors and craft projects in the converted upstairs bedroom to an art studio. Barbara will certainly be missed.