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Barbara (Banville) Silver

June 13, 1942 ~ April 16, 2020 (age 77)


HURON - Barbara Banville Silver passed away on April 16, 2020 at the age of 77.  She was a bit of a control freak and her death was a result of that…she died on her own terms, when she wanted to.  The esophageal cancer and COPD played a major part of her passing, but she wasn’t going to go on laying on the couch just to watch Victor on Young and the Restless anymore.

She was born in Washington DC on June 13, 1942 to Margaret and John Banville.  Her brother, John was born when they moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 1944.  Barb and her brother had a fun childhood, although their parents would disagree.  Barb even pushed Johnny out the 2nd story window and he landed on the clothesline.  When asked if she regretted it later in life, she quickly said “no”.  They moved to Hinsdale, IL then back to Pittsburgh then onto Huntington WV where she graduated high school.  They then moved to New Jersey, where she was blessed with the birth of her first daughter, Christine.  Barb and Christine moved to Panama, Central America with Barb’s parents and then they moved to Huron, OH, where Barb’s grandmother lived.   Huron is where she met Jim, her husband.  They married in 1972 and had twin daughters, Sheri and Dianna.

Barb was a legendary sales person.  She worked at Marv Byer, LeGalerie and Brides World when she moved to Huron.  She was also a print model.  On the day she moved to Huron, she saw someone at The Lunch Box reading a newspaper and it was her ad with an appliance.  She was a dedicated, successful Realtor/property manager at Mariner Village. 

“Babs” was passionate about gardening.  The garden at her home looks like it came out of a magazine, simply gorgeous.  She spent most of her time in the spring, summer and fall in the garden.  She, self admittedly, would have spent more time out there if she hadn’t been so stubborn and gotten oxygen sooner. When the colder months came is when should would knit.  There must be dozens of family and friends with one of her afghans and/or baby blankets.  If you were one of the lucky ones, make sure to wash it in cold water on gentle cycle. 

She was fiercely independent and the strongest woman I’ve ever met. She didn’t mince words.  She left an imprint on every person she met.  She had a tough exterior but was the best person anyone could ever have the pleasure of meeting.  Her initials may have been BS, but she was far from it.  She will be deeply missed.

Barb is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, James Silver, brother John (Pat) Banville, daughter Christine (Jody) Brausch, daughter Sheri Lamb, daughter Dianna Silver, and grandchildren Michael Delahunt, Timothy Delahunt  and Kathryn Lamb, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and John Banville. 

The family would like to thank Stein Hospice for all of their care and Foster Funeral Home, Huron, for all of their assistance.  

Following her wishes, there will not be a service.  We will have a celebration of life late this summer, in her garden.  Memorial donations can be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

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