Barbara Jean Bridgman Owings, 79, passed away on April 28, 2023, by natural death at Meadows Park Health and Rehabilitation in Vidalia, Georgia. She was a graduate of Reidsville High School and Chatham County School of Nursing, Savannah, GA. She was a long-time Registered Nurse and retiree of the American Red Cross in Columbia, South Carolina. Barbara was the granddaughter of Talmadge and Dutch Vaughn of Cobbtown, GA and the daughter of Lois Vaughn Elders and Foy Felton Bridgman. Following her mother’s death in 1956, she was adopted by C.W. and Ruby Dell Kicklighter of Glennville, GA. What a blessing to be part of this loving family and grow up with two brothers, (Mickey and Robert) and a sister (Jane). Barbara was a sassy, witty soul who enjoyed cracking a joke and making people laugh. She was a committed nurse, holding licenses in several states over the years. Her Merck Manual was always within arm’s reach. She absolutely loved her ‘treasures’ which included memorabilia from her two children, photos of family, funny cards and notes sent by friends, her own beautiful needlepoint and crochet, and hundreds of shells and sand dollars collected along the S.C. beaches. Barbara loved her children fiercely – the term ‘Mama Bear’ was likely coined after her. She is survived by her daughter, Jean Elizabeth Owings Morris and her husband, Brett, and their two daughters, Emma and Ava of Virginia Beach, VA; her son, Jonathan (‘Jon’) Moore Owings and his wife, Amy, and their two daughters, Madison and Taylor of Columbia, S.C.; her sister, Jane Benton and her husband Billy of Lyons, GA; her brother Mick Kicklighter and his wife, Betty of Arlington, VA; and predeceased by her other brother, Robert Kicklighter and his wife, Betty of Glennville, GA. She loved all her nieces and nephews and especially the ones who were sassy right back to her – you know who you are! Barbara was a very private person and requested no formal funeral service. She would certainly appreciate being remembered with a funny story, memory, and toast. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross in memory of Barbara B. Owings. https://www.redcross.org/donate/memorial-donations.html/
“Every storm runs out of rain.” – Maya Angelou
Rest in Peace, Mama.
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