Barbara (Frase/Brown) Fisher, age 93, passed away on May 24, 2023. She was a resident of Colorado Springs for 57 years and was formerly a resident of Larkspur, Colorado. She was a retired school bus driver who was recognized as Outstanding Educational Support Personnel by Colorado Springs School District 11 and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Colorado Department of Education.
Barbara Lou Frase was born on February 22, 1930, to Thomas and Vera (Law) Frase near Kensington, Kansas. Barbara attended Colorado Springs Bible School, where she met Donald P. Brown, to whom she was married on August 20, 1948. Their marriage continued until Don’s passing in 1994, during which time she bore three children.
Barbara and Don were ordained Ministers of Music in the Wesleyan Church, a mission for which they were widely known and admired. Barbara’s surviving ministry included playing various keyboard instruments at Roswell Community Church and at MacKenzie Assisted Living. Just days before passing, she provided piano accompaniment to choristers who recalled her decades of faithful and generous service.
Barbara was also known for her devotion to young people in particular. That was apparent in her years of employment as a school bus driver, a job for which she often declared her love. Additionally, she enjoyed hosting the church youth group and traveling emissaries from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
In 1999, Barbara married Robert H. “Bob” Fisher, growing her family circle to include Bob’s son Randy and daughter, Dixie as well as his granddaughters and great-grandchildren. Barbara and Bob spent 18 years together until his passing in 2017.
Barbara is survived by her children: Donna Skelly (Roger), Paul, Stephen (Jan); her sisters: Maxine Frank (Alvin), Verneta Weir (Lawrence), Jean Dixon (Joe); her grandchildren: Ryan Skelly (Sarah), Tricia Asp, Ryker Brown (Lindsey); her great-grandchildren: Kaleb, Campbell, Griffin, Emerson, Walker, Kinley, Maddax, Bentley; her step-children: Randy (Dee), Dixie (Jim); step-granddaughters: Stephanie (Chris), Andrea (Don); and step-great-grandchildren: Ashleigh (Austin), Dalton, Wyatt, Emily.
She was preceded in death by parents: Thomas and Vera; brothers: Charles and Herschel; and infant sister, Velma June.
An open casket visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Shrine of Remembrance, “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910, followed immediately by a Celebration of Life. Reception will follow at 11:15 am, in the Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 S Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. Private interment will be at Memorial Gardens near those who have preceded Barbara in death.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a dedicated donation to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. Website for the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity is (www.samaritanspurse.org/)
This Obituary Has 11 Condolences
Jan and Reggie Hamilton27 May 2023
Our love and peace to the entire family. May God richly bless you with precious memories…
Kathy Barrett27 May 2023
May Barbara rest in peace. She was a lovely lady and will be sorely missed. Prayers for her and her family.
Lola Hess27 May 2023
Barbara and I were friends for 78 years… she was always a fun loving person with a caring heart for others. Her love for the Lord never wavered. Prayers for each of the family. Lola (Berkley) Hess
sharen ezell28 May 2023
your mother was such a precious jewel, had so many lovely qualities!! hard to lose our moms! i so miss my mom’s prayers! god bless and comfort all the family! quite a reunion going on right now!! love and hugs! god bless!!
Marilyn Freeman28 May 2023
I remember Barbara with great affection. She was a source of great encouragement during my teenage years. I always enjoyed seeing her and anticipate that great reunion in heaven.
Anonymous28 May 2023
Our lives will never be the same without Barbara. She always treated us like we were family. We are already missing her greatly.
Anonymous28 May 2023
Our lives will never be the same without Barbara. She always treated us like we were family. We are already missing her greatly. Lois and Larry Miller and Bethina and Justin Miller
Anonymous29 May 2023
A life lived for Christ is an example to those of us still on the journey. Praying that God will give all the family comfort and peace during this time of loss.
Sue Gallivan29 May 2023
Barbara & Family”s My thoughts and Prayers go out to you all . During your loss
Remembering wonderful person she was. I got to know. The story ‘s she told of the family ,and smiles she had also the twinkle in her eyes she had . I was truly bless & Praise the Lord that I got to know Barbara and her Family . I enjoy are visits I had with her on the Holiday’s that I was invited with Rachel & Jeanie Family . Remembering the holiday’s on the 4 of July watching all the Fireworks all over the city and hearing all story’s she told, And other holiday’s to watching Barbara and Jeanie see witch one fingers could play the fastest on the piano , and the sing along to. I can just hear the Piano playing up above us . Barbara will truely be missed
Anonymous30 May 2023
We were so sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing, but are rejoicing in the joy she is experiencing in heaven! Barbara always exuded joy! She was a gentle, loving gracious person. She had an open heart and home. I will remember her ability to play several instruments and lead us in singing hymns and praise to her Savior! Sending hugs and loving thoughts and prayers, Gary & Becky Maness
Pamela Garret Helmick31 May 2023
oh how I loved barbara …the sweetest soul ever ..she was a beautiful Christian woman whom I really looked up too & never forgot..so glad she is with our Lord & Savior and to think we will see her again someday!! sending thoughts & prayers to the family