Barbara Mary Lynch


              Sunrise on 24th day of August 1932              Sunset on February 15, 2022

She is the oldest of five siblings of the late Gertrude Mae Lyons Chew and John Bryant Chew, Sr.

Barbara was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing.

Barbara leaves to cherish her memories, son Gerald F. Howard, daughter Ann Marie Howard and predeceased son, Alfred Howard, Jr.

Sisters Joyce Peterson, FL, Marlene Bright, N.C. Predeceased by siblings Clara Abdul-Saboor, John B. Chew, Jr. and Brenda Miller.

Grandmother to Michael Howard, Melissa Howard (predeceased). Isis Prince, Zayida Jackson, Imani and Inmanuel Decastro, Celeste Howard, Theresa Howard, Melissa Howard and Aaron Howard.

Great Grandmother to Jasmine, Janell and Jazell Booth, Melissa Bentley, Dave Foster, Marcia Jackson, Alicia Pierre, Isaiah Allen and Shania Harry.

37 Nieces and Nephews

She was able to pen on January 26, 2015 to send this message to her beloved family.

“I have always loved being a nurse and I thank God for this. I pray I will be remembered with love and compassion. I have made many mistakes and I hope you will forgive me.

Don’t grieve for me, now I am free. I am following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard his call. I turned my back and I left it all. I could not stay another day.

My life’s been full. I’ve savored much. Good friends, good times, and a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it with undo grief. Lift up your heart and share with me. God wanted me now. He has set me free!!!!!”

When loved ones are taken, with grieving hears we must bid them farewell. But remember the saints in heaven rejoice as they arrive. Departure time is also arrival time. Oh, what comfort! Oh how blessed is the promise when our spirit is set free; to be absent from the body means to live, O Lord, with Thee! Separation is the law of earth: Reunion is the law of heaven.