Barbara Beth Taylor Burke, 85, daughter of Otho Opal Taylor and
Mary Geneva Reynerson Taylor died peacefully on December 8,
2020. Barbara was born April 12, 1935 in Hope AR and was
welcomed to the family which included her older brother and lifelong
friend Jack Lowell Taylor. The family lived mostly in Hope until moving
to Crossett AR in the early fifties. Barbara later graduated from
Crossett High School in 1953. She then attended Southern State
College in Magnolia AR and graduated BSBE 1957. While attending
college, Barbara met her lifelong love, Travis Dale Burke. The couple
was married at First Baptist Church of Crossett on August 25, 1957.
This was the beginning of a wonderful 63 year journey together with
many stops along the way. After the wedding, the couple resided on
the campus of the University of Oklahoma where Travis received his
Petroleum Engineering degree in 1959. Barbara worked for the
Oklahoma University Athletic Department and later for Western
Electric in Oklahoma City during the first stop in Oklahoma.

Travis’ 34-year career with Halliburton Services took the couple to
reside in ten different places including Shreveport & Bossier City LA,
Oklahoma City OK, Midland TX, Caracas Venezuela, Englewood CO,
Katy TX (among others) and finally to retire in Benton LA. Barbara
was first and foremost a warm and supportive wife and mother to her
two sons, David & Michael. At each stop along the journey she made
a beautiful home for her family and got to work finding a church home
and making new friends. For several years she worked as an office
administrator or taught high school. She was a talented pianist who
was continually active in Baptist churches; church pianist; accompanist
of children choirs; director of children’s bell choir; Leader of Home
bound and Nursing Home Visitation; Sunday School Class
newsletters; member of Seasoned Servants SS Class of Airline
Baptist Church. She enjoyed sharing her love for music with her
grandchildren. Barbara enjoyed being creative on her computer and
was administrator for several groups including Hope High Class of
1953 where she attended through 10th grade.

Barbara is survived by her husband Travis, sons David of Keller TX,
Michael (Tammy) of Bixby, OK, Brother Jack Taylor (Sue) of
Kingwood TX, Five grandchildren: Nathan, Emily, Tanner, Christian
and Sam, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who will
all miss her friendliness, kindness and warm smile.

The family is grateful to The Carpenter House of Shreveport, as well
as, many family and friends for making Barbara’s end of life journey
much easier for all of us. If you would like to donate in Barbara’s
honor, please consider St Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice. Due to the current
Covid situation the family has chosen to honor her privately.

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