Barbara Ray Pace died April 3, 2017 in Chapel Hill. Services will be held Monday, April 10 at 1:30pm at Emerald Isle Baptist Church.
Barbara was born May 19, 1936 in Loveland, Colorado. She spent most of her childhood there while her father, a colonel in the Army, fought in the Pacific during World War II and then in Korea. After her second year at the University of Colorado, she decided to join her family in Ankara, Turkey, where her father was serving as a US advisor to the Turkish Army. Soon after she arrived, she met a young Air Force lieutenant, Tom Pace, fresh out of UNC-CH. They married a year later. She followed Tom back to North Carolina and, despite her formative years in the Rocky Mountains, became a happy Eastern Carolina transplant. She and Tom were married for 58 years until his death in 2013.
Barbara loved her family, her churches, dogs, and Bogue Banks. She looked forward to one more boat ride in the beautiful waters off Cape Lookout. Barbara especially cherished her many friends from Jacksonville, Emerald Isle, Reviewer’s Book Club, and her Briar Chapel neighborhood. And she loved sending hand-written notes to all of them.
She is survived by her sister, Sharon Hunter; her three sons John, Chris and Karl; her three daughters-in-law; and her 6 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to your local animal rescue shelter or to Emerald Isle Baptist Church.
Emerald Isle Baptist Church
Monday April 10th, 2017
304 Emerald Plantation Rd.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
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Alice Piver lit a candle on Apr 7 2017 05:30:27 PM
I admired Barbara. She was a woman of grace, intelligence , spunk, and she always made me laugh. She was teaching me to enjoy the south. I always enjoyed her company. I will truly miss her. I am sure that God welcomed her with opened arms.
Submitted by Joanne Barber on Apr 7 2017 03:34:51 PM
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Captain Franklin lit a candle on Apr 7 2017 02:22:24 PM
My second mother from Onslow Academy, carpooling Karl and I to PGSA gong back to 1977, taking us to The Coral Bay Club as kids, carpooling Karl and I to Tabernacle Middle School for basketball, to handling our family's investments, she was history for me. She was the best dog owner that we ever had as a client. She was a "straight shooter". So you know if she liked you or not. She consoled me for both of my parents death. She counted on us for her animals and we were there for her. And she let Karl and all the country club boys use her house as the home base for "moon ball". I can't think of a smarter, caring, and devoted mother and grandmother than Mrs. Pace. She was "classic".
Submitted by Jeff Franklin on Apr 7 2017 02:21:15 PM
Our prayers and condolences are with you all during this time of grief. Barbara was a great person, and it was an honor to have known her.
The Wessels Family.
Submitted by Michael Wessels on Apr 7 2017 12:41:06 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Tammy Pittman Custy
Submitted by Tammy Pittman Custy on Apr 6 2017 10:01:11 AM
Sending prayers and love, it was a pleasure to have know both Tom and Barbara!
Paul and Phyllis Starzynski
Submitted by Paul and PHyllis Starzynski on Apr 6 2017 07:38:44 AM
The Papurca family is sorry to hear of Barbara's passing and appreciate all the years of being neighbors in Jacksonville.
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