FREDERICK, Barbara D., age 56, of Riverview, June 16, 2021. Loving mother of April (Joshua) Sunga and Alex (Andrew Minor) Frederick. Beloved daughter of John (Ann) Miller. Dearest sister of Jack (Linda) Miller, Michele (Leonard) Cheplicki, Chris (Leann) Miller and Dian (Tom) Gonyea. She is also survived by her nephew Nicholas Vitt and great nephew Alexander Mesic. Barbara was a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Nazarene Fund and Nurses Association. She was a bonus mom and bonus grandma to many. She was preceded in death by her mother Barbara Miller. Her cremation will take place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Nazarene Fund (A Mercury One Program).
Barb was not only a great nurse, she was also an amazing person. She was fun to be around, and her jolly attitude was nothing short of contagious.
Barb always found a way to make others laugh. Some of my favorite memories with her are her reading or showing memes that made me laugh.
Although she is no longer with us, I am grateful for the memories she has left. May she rest in peace. Amna Shafqst
Still can not believe Barb is gone. To young. She was part of our family for as far back as I can remember. Love having her around. She was our daughter Kelly's best friend. She was funny and caring and beautiful. Our prays go out to her daughters and family. I wish there were words to make it easier for all. She will be missed but all the good memories will live on though her family and friends. Chuck and Linda Ferry
My heart is breaking! This world has lost a Beautiful Soul. She was UNIQUE, yet I see so much of her in you girls!!! Take care of each other. Love you and here if you need me! Tammy LaBar
April and Alex, please accept my heartfelt condolences. You don’t know me, but I feel like I know you…she was so very proud of you and loved you both dearly. I have known Barb for 20+ years, and to know her was truly to love her. I spent many hours talking with her about our kids, dogs, camping, our jobs…you could literally have a great conversation about anything with her, and leave happier. She was someone you always were happy to see, and she always seemed genuinely happy to see you; just a truly warm, funny, friendly, person. She was so confident and passionate…she could put ANYONE in their place, if they needed it (which was soooo fun to watch, as long as you weren’t the one she was talking to!) One of the last times we talked, I told her I was definitely going to make it to her famous Halloween party this year (it always fell on my anniversary weekend). I wish I had made it sooner. She was so full of life that I took for granted that there would always be another year. Lesson learned, Barb. May your memory be eternal. Rachel Montgomery
This world is at a tremendous loss without Barb. Such an impact a single human can make on so many peoples lives. Truly, I aspire to be the mother that I always witnessed she was to her girls and to all of us extra kids that she took in. She was brilliant, witty, goofy, outright funny, and somehow still received absolutely ALL of our respect. Without a doubt, my favorite mom of all my friends moms. There isn't a day that will go by for the rest of my life where I won't wish she could of lived out her days with the beautiful family she created because that is absolutely what she deserved. Heaven has surely gained one of the most beautiful angels to ever reach it's gates. Fly high Mom. Whitney Pattenaude
Growing up, I thought the "Miller" family was royalty. Being the youngest (2nd cousin), I envied all those beautiful faces, amazing energy and warm welcomes when I attended family gatherings. A Miller pool party could not be beat! The home was always filled with laughter and their bond, like none other I had seen. Barbie was alway inclusive, even as a teenager who probably didn't really want to entertain me at family parties! Her beauty on the outside was undeniable, but her real beauty - which I didn't really understand at that time was her heart! When my grandmother passed away, and lives got frantic and busy, our families didn't spend as much time together. But, through facebook, of all things, families got to reconnect and see glimpses of loved ones they didn't see on the daily. I remember the day I reached out to Barbie. I had cancer, I was scared and I sent her a private message. She immediately, sent me her phone number and said to call. She was wonderful. She was compassionate and we had many late night conversations. She helped me through a second scare, and always followed up with sincere concern. She was smart, witty and always left me with gratitude! When I needed advise for my daughter applying to nursing school, she was there. She was always there. The last time we spoke, she talked of her special weekend camping trip with her sisters. She shared how special that trip was to her. I told her I had a cottage very close to their annual trip and that I would love for them to come stay with me. She said, "not on that weekend - that is our sacred trip"! We talked about it happening sometime, and I am very sad that it will never happen. I admired her as a kid, but I admire the hell out of her as an adult. I am very thankful for Barbie. And, I will never forget the support and comfort she gave me. She is one of a kind, and my admiration she will always have. My deepest condolences to her daughters, siblings, father and all that were lucky enough to have a connection with such an incredible soul. She has a place in my heart that will forever be cherished. To know her, was to love her! xoxo Amy Largent
I will never forget my cousin Barbie. I used to love when my Aunt Barb would come to visit my mom and bring all 5 little ones. It was always so much fun. Through the years I watched my younger cousin grow into an amazing woman who adored her two beautiful daughters. She always was all in with whatever she was doing. She loved her job, her home and her pets. She had an amazing bond with her brothers and sisters. Barbie had a heart of gold and a keen sense of humor. Barb was a devoted daughter to her parents. You just knew she would defend her loves with an unrivaled fierceness. She had a love of God, family, friends and country. Her strongest physical trait besides her natural beauty was the twinkle in her eyes. Her eyes twinkled like none others. She is so deeply missed and will never be forgotten. I know her mom, Aunt Shirley and her grandparents were there to welcome her home to eternal peace in Heaven. She is watching down at pride as April and Alex continue her amazing legacy. ❤️❤️ Terri Sharpe
My sister Barb did so much for me. When I was very young, I mumbled my words and only Barb could understand me. To the point that our mom would call her in from play to ask her what I was saying. She would gently ask me to say it again, and quickly and assuredly translate my mumbles to our mom. She was that kind of a sister to me. When we were in elementary school, Barb would carry me on her back to and from school because I was too afraid to walk when the worms were out from the rain. She was that kind of a sister. As adults, I conned her in to going with me up north during Independence Day weekend. She did because she knew I needed to get away, but also knew (as big sisters do) I wouldn’t find anywhere for us to stay. I rented a pontoon boat only to find that I didn’t like to drive it, so she had to take the helm. She was that kind of a sister. I got us into situations that she had to get us out of and she never got mad at me. Now THAT'S some kind of sister. Barb offered words of wisdom when I asked for advice, and listened and nodded when I only wanted to vent. She knew me. Always doing for others, dismissing the small things, offering kindness to all, and never boasting about it. That was my sister. That was my friend. I will forever miss her but I know she will continue to be near me, to protect me, guide me and laugh at me, because I’m not done needing her. Her faith and mine will continue to keep us connected until I can be with her again. Dian Miller Gonyea
There is a special bond that embraces a unique love and runs so deeply between siblings it is sometimes hard to fathom.
Our sister was the proverbial light in others’ life. She laughed with you, celebrated your achievements with you and cried tears with you. We are starting to learn through condolences of the unassuming acts of kindness that she sprinkled on familial loved ones, acquaintances and strangers.
She was a caring, beyond words, Registered Nurse that always put patients’ needs above all else. In her over 20-year nursing career, the word “no” did not exist in her vocabulary and would challenge those very few, who in her eyes, needed to be gently reminded of why they became nurses. Working Oncology, running the Infusion Center, the RN sitting on Tumor Board and a nurse in Cardiology gave her insights into human nature that reaffirmed her belief that showering others with love and kindness should always prevail.
Our sister had equipment for primitive camping that turned our excursions into 5-star vacations. It bedazzled fellow campers and left others to cluck. She possessed a sense of humor that you wanted to bath in and carried a tool bag that made men envious. She would drop working on a home project/repair when you called her and be at your side in a snap, even over something you thought was incidental. Nothing was trivial to Barb. She was an excellent cook and baker, sewer and party thrower. She loved dogs, cats and nature. Barb felt the only thing that should be dismissed in life is pettiness.
She was of the mindset that when an opportunity to be with family and loved ones presented itself you jumped on it. She was the epitome of living in the present.
It was with dignity and honor, humility and grace that our sister lived her life. We feel such immense sorrow in our hearts that it is unimaginable moving forward without her. She is already terribly missed and will ever leave a void in our lives. She runs with our mom now.
little barb. Always a smile,a laugh ,a kind word....my aunt barb adored her daughter. She was so proud of all she achieved. We would text about different things and she would always share her heart. How she loved her daughters her dad and her siblings. She was very protective of her father. I just can't fathom this loss and know she running wild with her mom singing at all the campfires. Denice dick
We are all saddened by the news of your Mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family. The Riverview Education Association
I am so sorry for your loss. Barb was a fantastic nurse, and such an amazing woman. Everyone loved working with her. I enjoyed all my conversations with her. She had such a fantastic sense of humor. I know for myself and everyone here at Beaumont Hospital Dearborn, she is going to be greatly missed. James Cramb
I'm so sorry for your loss, but also sorry for all of our loss. Barb was a true light and joy to be around. She always made me smile and laugh and I loved sharing a work space with her. She will be greatly missed. Erin Doran