How often are we to die before we go quite off this
There are 3 kinds of people in the world: there are those who make things
No person is an Island, entire of it selfe; every one is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main[land]; if a Clod be washed away by the Sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any persons death diminishes me, because I am involved in Humankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
Barb, you were an inspiration to all that knew you! You were an exceptional nurse and teacher, we will sorely miss you.
The knowing of Barb has not ended. The continued knowing is over. But the knowing continues.
And my love for you will fly each night on the edge of an angel's wing. Godspeed. Sweet dreams.
Barbara, I have never met you or even been to the state of Arizona before.. but you are in my prayers. -E.D. in MI
Barb, you were a fantastic and inspirational instructor. You are the kind of nurse that I can only hope to become. I remember you the day that you held my grandson, Johnnie, while I was busy with the Sunnyside students. You had such a look of joy on your face as you carried him around to the other instructors and how Robin guessed his age almost to the day, even though he was big for his age. I will always remember you and am truly sorry that I will never be able to talk to you again. Yours truly, Cori Jacobs
A life well-lived doesn't end
Barb, we already miss you. You and I were almost office-mates but we found out soon that we both loved to talk to each other too much. You always had a greeting and a smile no matter how busy you were! You will always be remembered and noone else will ever fill the corner of my heart where you reside.
Barb, what can I say.. I will miss you and your smile, laugh and caring ways...Let alone all the great teaching and mentoring you did so naturally...ACLS will never be the same...your friend always...franb
Aunt Barb, Where do I begin? I remember playing with your stethoscope in grandma and grandpa's living room on the farm. Back then it was a toy and now it is a tool that I use daily as a fellow RN. You were the only family member I had that I could talk nursing to. I think back at what made me want to be a nurse and I think of playing with your stethoscope. I am so happy that I got to see you in July. Who would have thought it would have been the last time? I am happy that it is a good memory. You got to see Payton and that makes me smile. We read the books that you sent to her all the time. "The Three Little Javelinas" cracks me up. Just as it probably did you also. You will forever hold a place in my heart. Heaven is a better place with you there...Love, Bobbie Sue
Barbara, we only had a one time encounter with you and Don at the Sabino Cycles Christmas dinner a couple of years ago. Our hearts and prayers are with you and Don. So sorry we didn't get a second chance encounter........
Although I never knew you, as a fellow nurse educator I want to say you were a hero!
Something To Someone
To Barb's family:
Barb, As a member of our Tucson Nurses Week Foundation Board of Directors, you gave so much just as you have to your family, your church, UMC, AACN, many other activities you "volunteered" for and the community of nurses you have been so instrumental in guiding. In 1999, I had the pleasure of recognizing you as one of Tucson's "Fabulous 50" nurses and, if there is one word to sum up the live you've lived so fully but way too briefly, it will always be FABULOUS!
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children, to earn the approbation of honest critics; to appreciate beauty; to give of one's self, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--that is to have succeeded. Emerson
As a Canadian nurse educator, I am so saddeded by this tragedy within our profession. At our staff meeting last week, we stopped for a moment to think about our three fallen colleagues in Arizona and the many contributions they made to the nursing profession and to a host of nursing students. We are with you in solidarity for all that is good.
May Barb be blessed.
Barb: Steve and I will miss you and your smiling face. I remember how you invited us for the hoildays when you really didn't know us...just thru Polly. You and Don made us feel like family and I hope that you both feel this way about us. We will miss you but we know you're just a wing and a prayer away! Love, Mary & Steve
Barb---When we last saw you at Johns, we enjoyed our visit and will treasure our last hugs of goodby with you. Norma and Jerry Karaus
Barb---When we last saw you at Johns, we enjoyed our visit and will treasure our last hugs of goodby with you. Norma and Jerry Karaus
Barb, thank you for being you.
Barb- You were the best aunt anyone could ever ask for. I love you and miss you.
Aunt Barb, Many memories of you flood my brain. Memories from when you taught me how to swim when I was 5 years old to when you helped me find the perfect duffle bag as I journied off to college. Because of you, I wanted to better myself. You are my inspiration and the wind beneath my wings. I love you so much and my memories will never fade. Thank you for everything over the years, I will miss you! Love your neice, Hannah Marie
Barb was my sister-in-law and her loss is felt in so many ways....not just as family, but as a friend. She touched all our lives and hearts, and it is so hard to think of her as gone. I will miss her wonderful laugh and the way she treated my daughters like they were her own. Saying that she will be missed is such an understatement! But that is all the words there are. Take the example of Don and Barb...talk to each other about life, death, love and love's ending. Forever in our hearts, Cindy (Don's sister)
Barb-Thank you for your wisdom, your intelligence, your kindness, and most of all, your love. You are a true inspiration to me and to others. Your wonderful smile and hilarious laugh are memories I will carry with me forever. I love you!
My Tribute to Barb
FAC loves you Barb.
Barb was that beautiful silvery thread of caring and laughter who bound us all together in loving joy. She and I had a talk about nursing recently. She knew her path, lived her passion and spoke her truth. She ascended in full flower. No wonder we can only see her smiling and dancing! With a hey-nah-nahnee and a ha-cha-cha....... Blessings, Sue
Barb: I only knew you as Sally's friend and a member of FAC. The last time I saw you was at a hat making party at Sally's house last spring, and I will remember you as you were that day: silly along with the rest of us; enjoying the companionship of some women friends. What happened to you fills us all with horror. Dottie in Albuquerque.
"Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight: I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well."
To my favorite cousin Barb,
i did not know barb i know barb's wonderful mother
Barb...you were the best teacher, we loved your lectures and I have 4 of them on tape. I am so glad that we were lucky enough to recieve your very last perfusion lectures. We miss you so bad. We are so sorry that we could not save you. We love you Barb. We miss you more than we can say with words. Love, Your 4th semester class.
I want to thank all of you who have taken the time out to either send a picture or write a note about Barb. I am Barb's sister Ann. It's been a comfort to know I can come here and visit her, hear wonderful stories about her, and somehow keep her alive. The longer time passes, the more incredible it is to me that she is gone. I am amazed by the outpouring of love for her. But I shouldn't be, should I. For the students, especially those in the classroom that day, please, please know that my families prayers are with you. I can only imagine the horror of that day. Don't feel that you could have done anything to save her or the others. God called her home that day, our loss-his gain. Thank you again for this wonderful tribute to my sister.
I never knew Barb, but I do know her sister Ann. From what I know of Ann, Barb must have been an amazing person.
My Dear Barb:
I can still hear Barb's voice and some of the phrases she liked to use. Her deep-throated laughter, the really uninhibited, truly open kind, is in my thoughts often. I'll never forget that voice, that joy of living, that love of all things silly. I said to my husband, just today, that I refused to be thrown into a pit of despair by Barb's death. I don't understand it, can't find a comfortable reason for, and don't want to at this time. What I do know is that Barb knew the importance of living life to the fullest. She understood completely that we, as vital human beings, have lives to lead, people to know, goals to meet, points to ponder, acitivities to enjoy, and more happiness and sorrow to endure in our lives. I know she would want us to persevere, in spite of this inexplicable tragedy and that she is out there, in the universe somewhere, smiling, laughing, and crying with us. I choose life in its most glorious of moments and I plan to live it to its fullest every minute of the day, from now on. This is what Barb would have wanted for all who loved her. Mary
Coming soon to stores everywhere, products stamped: WWBD (What Would Barb Do?). She was a role model for how people should treat one another.
I have been struggling with your death...both as my 'contemporary' (hah! I have so much more to learn) and my educator. It is truly the first time I have felt unable to 'forgive', feeling only 'contempt', at best. If you had said, "Hey, ya know, there is a new study that shows that cardiac patients buried up to thier neck in cow poop have remarkable recovery rates!" I would have belived it and said, "WOW, really?!?!?!" and been out shoeveling cow pies the next day. I would have believed anything you said as FACT. It is this belief that leads me to believe that if this @#$#W@#$@ asked you if you were ready to meet your maker and you replied "yes" (not WANT, but READY...please understand the difference)that you MEANT it. I am sorry for what the world will miss without you in it, there are so many who are missing out. Thank you for all the lessons and humor and all the things you added to my life, education and career. You are one of the people who remind me that we do make a difference. Most respectfully and thankfully, D2
I worked in critical care with Barb in Dubuque, Iowa and again in Madison, Wisconsin. We were colleagues and exceptional friends for many, many years. Our standing joke was that she and Don always kept "following me around" as I moved from city to city. Now Barb has gone on to the next place without me. I expect that she will have it "shaped up" for when it is my turn. God bless you. Your life filled so many of us with joy. We will miss you...until we see you again.
Barb, you will be forever missed!
You and Don truly loved one another, our hearts hurt for Don. R&R
I was very sad to get Jonathan and Mary's Christmas letter and get this tragic news. I knew Barb a little from Mankato with my days with Jonathan, Tim, Barb Z and many others. She was one of the great people that my very good friend Jonathan introduced me to. The picture you selected for the Home page shows the smile she always displayed. This is a wonderful website and tribute. May God bless and help her family through this. Ron and Rita, Sleepy Eye, MN.
I was in such disbelief when I read the article about what had happened to Barb and the others. I was passing through Casa Grande visiting my children when I saw the story. I couldn't believe what I was reading. Not Barb...she was so alive! I hadn't seen her since I moved from Casa Grande in 1994 but I would never forget her. She was not only my instructor but later a co-worker. She is the reason I became a critical care nurse....I was thinking about labor and delivery and she steered me away telling me I had what it takes to be a critical nurse. She made me feel like I could do anything. I never saw her grumpy. She was always so positive. What a beautiful person she was. I will always be thankful to her for her encouragement. She was the nurse I always wanted to be. No one was left untouched by her love. My heart goes out to you Don living without her. You are in my prayers. Kelley Armendariz(Martinez)RN
February 10th, 2003
Happy Birthday Barb! I'm still going to sing to you our "Lounge Lizard" version of Happy Birthday. I miss you every day. Alan
Pete, Ray and I Tyson will keep you and Don in our prayers.
6 months you've been gone...6 months you've been in so many hearts. I miss you so. Polly
Its been 6 months and doesn't feel like it. I along with a lot of other people are still thinking of you, everyday. Miss you so much. Hannah
Memorial Day 2003
Although the event has passed a while ago, I am still seeing Barb, fresh and smiling and alive in my dreams, in my heart and watching over our souls. Blessings to all.......Sue
I love you and miss you every day Barbie.
Even though it has almost been a year, I can still see your big smile everyday. I feel you with my everday. Love you and miss you.
I did not know Barb Monroe or even her name until 28 Oct 2002. In the time since I feel I have come to know her and Cheryl well and appreciate how much loss has happened.
tommorow it will be 1 year since you have passed.i worked with barb at umc for 3 years. she always picked up my spirits on heavy days. the last time i saw her was at northwest in icu with her students. she carried over into this role the spirit and eagerness she had for all of nursing. she truely loved all aspects of nursing.
Barb, when you first joined our CGRMC family we realized what a great nurse you were and when you went on the MS bike ride we applauded you. You fit in with us with your kooky antics and made us all laugh. Now you are soaring with the Angels.
I didn't know you, you didn't know me.. I read your Rules of Life, printed this past week in the paper and I just had to print and share your it with my friends and family so you can keep touching others lives.....Diane
Barb's rules for life.
We still think about you every day Barb. I love you and I miss you. Living by your Rules of Life keeps you with me every day.
Happy Birthday Barb! I'm singing our lounge lizard version for you again... I miss you so much...Alan
Hugs, kisses, bubbles, and cake, Barb Sweetie!
Happy Birthday Auntie Barbie! I love you and miss you! Claire
Happy Birthday Barb. We all miss you so much. I hope everyone up there knows how lucky they are. Love forever, Ann
Happy Happy Birthday Barb! Love and miss you everyday! Jessie
Still think about you everyday Barb. miss you so much
Hi Aunt Barb!!
Hi Auntie Barbie! I am writing a paper right now that makes me think about you all the time. I will never forget all the great memories I have of you; canoeing on Lake Calhoun, going to Mexico, playing dominoes with the whole family, singing Bohemian Rhapsody with my dad, getting those strange Christmas presents from you, seeing you in those cactus moo-moos, and so much more. We all miss you more than you know and think about you everyday. I love you.
A day never goes by without us all missing you. Love you.
Hi Barb. Today is a tough day. I miss you very much. I love you. Alan
Even though we think back on this day with sadness, happy memories of you still fill us Barb. We all miss you so much. I love you. Claire
Miss you everyday!
Happy 48th birthday. Love you always.
Barb, Happy Birthday. Love you and miss you. Alan
Happy belated birthday Barb! Love you!
Hello Warehouse Angel - I miss you always! Take care of my sister. The two of you are probably singing to the little ones. Love always, PT
Dah-link! Another SC Blues Festival weekend with you in our hearts, as the memories of all the dancing, singing, and laughing bring you to us. Your handy-work will be seen and felt forever. You still rock my world!
how does it happen that you have been away for nearly 3 years!!!??? I miss
I can't believe your getting spammed, Barb.
Always thinking about you Barb. Love you and miss you.
It is hard to believe that three years have passed. As I still try to forget what I saw that day, I will never forget your strength and grace. You were an amazing teacher and an inspiration to all. I was blessed to have you as an instructor. Even though I only knew you a short time you have touched my life and career forever.
I want to thank you for sharing Christmas with us. Even though you are physically gone, your spirit lives on in those still here. I love you and miss you everyday.
2/10/06 - Barb, Happy 49th Birthday. I'll be singing to you today. I miss you and love you. Alan
Happy Birthday Barb! Love you and miss you! Claire
Happy belated birthday Barbie. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Love you always and forever. Ann
Hi Barb...I am writing a paper for one of my classes on gun control and is very difficult to do. The only way that I am getting through it is because I know you are up in heaven helping me and that I in turn am helping someone else (something that you would have done and are doing everyday). I think of you everyday and miss you tremendously. Love you. Hannah Marie
10/28/06: Today is the anniversary of your new life. I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you today, and each and every day! I love you and miss you!! Love, Hannah Marie
Hi Auntie Barbie, we are all thinking of you a lot today. Thanks for all the memories! Miss you and love you! Love, Claire