Barbara Louise Crothers

March 17, 2023
Barbara Louise Crothers

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On Friday, March 17th, 2023, Barbara Louise Crothers, loving wife and friend, passed away at the age of 79.

Barbara was born on July 6th, 1943, in Odenton, Maryland to Lester and Florence Dickson. She married the love of her life, Richard George Crothers, in 1969, and they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary a few weeks before his death in 2020. Barbara loved to share stories of their many adventures together while stationed with the US Navy in Alaska and the Philippines. In 1982, they settled in Reston, Virginia, where they built a home and made many new friends in the neighborhood. Over the next three decades they remained in touch with dear friends from their Navy days through frequent visits, letters, and phone calls.

Barbara had a knack for storytelling and a remarkable memory for details. She could often be found perusing antique malls and novelty shops in the villages throughout Northern Virginia. Richard would undoubtedly be nearby holding the shopping bags, and you could be sure that a dear friend would be by her side taking part in the funny stories that were being created along the way. Richard and Barbara would also travel up and down the east coast. She would often tell stories of their many visits to Vermont with its natural beauty and charming small-town life, while Richard’s favorite seemed to be the New England coastline.

Barbara leaves behind a legacy of loving friends and two generations of children who came to know her as “Auntie”. She would shower them with hugs and presents, and she loved to share or show her newest book, handbag, or item of jewelry. Her gift wrapping resulted in beautiful master pieces that you would barely want to open. Among all else, she loved the culture and lore of the American West. She was a connoisseur of Native American turquoise art and always had a western playing on the TV.

Barbara Crothers will be long remembered for how much she loved her “dear ones” and her “chosen family”. In the last few weeks of life, she reconnected with many longtime friends. She and Richard will be remembered as a model for how to love one another no matter what life may bring. After his passing, most of her thoughts were centered on when they would meet again. Her family and friends will remember her fondly with a smile in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the University of Maryland Brain and Tissue Bank or Virginia Health Hospice. These wonderful organizations helped ease Barbara’s transition with kindness and peace.

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  • March 28, 2023
    Debbra Stevenson says:
    I was Blessed & Honored to be a caregiver for her at BROOKDALE. We shared a special bond through the moment we met and right to the end of her transition!!! She would share so many things with me and Loved all of “GIRLS” ( BARABRA’s ANGELS) We we’re going to celebrate our Birthday together, talked about that everyday!!! I’ll MISS that BEAUTIFUL SMILE & FIRECRACKER SPIRIT she had!!! I want to send my Condolences & Prayers to her family & friends!!!! LOVE YOU MY DEAR FRIEND BARABRA💕

  • March 27, 2023
    Shawnita Johnson says:
    BROOK DALE ASSISTED LIVING STAFF DID AN AWESOME JOB ON MAKING HER END OF LIFE MEMORABLE! WE LAUGHED, WE DANCED, and WE SANG! Her favorite was FATS DOMINO. She loved the oldies but goodies music channel. Mrs Crothers Shared countless stories of her life in Maryland and how delicious the seafood was there. We are all honored to have experienced the opportunity to meet Mrs Crothers, She will truly be missed. LOVE THE STAFF AT BROOKDALE SENIOR LIVING 🥰😍😍🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

  • March 27, 2023
    Shawnita Johnson (RMA says:
    Mrs Crothers was in a Bad Place when she arrived at Brookdale Assisted Living. That all soon changed when she met our lovely caring staff at Brookdale Assisted Living. We made sure she had a smile on her face every day. We laughed with her and shared countless stories about her past life in Maryland. She always spoke how Maryland had the best freshest seafood ever! Mrs Crothers was definitely a bundle of joy and our staff assured that her end of living would be pleasant and filled with love and compassion!She loved listening to the “Oldies but goodies music channel” and absolutely loved FAT DOMINOS. She would sing her heart out as other staff members and I would entertain her by dancing around in her room. We will truly miss you Mrs Crothers. LOVE BROOKDALE STAFF🥰🥰🥰🥰

  • March 22, 2023
    Jamie says:
    Our dear friend for fifty years!! Thanks for all the laughs, long chats, shopping, & love❤️. You will be missed😢

  • March 21, 2023
    Max Blackburn says:
    My wife Lydia and I have many precious memories of Barbara and Richard. We were stationed with them on Adak, Alaska. While Richard and I were slaving away in the elephant cage at COMSTA, Lydia and Barbara would explore the expanses of NAS, all 2 square miles. On many days we would get together and enjoy each other’s company. Barbara and Richard always playing with our baby girl Deanna - may God give you His rest through His Son Jesus Christ