Barbara Ellen (Ryan) Karas

April 7, 1935 ~ June 18, 2020 (age 85)


Barbara Ellen Karas, 85, of Mesa, AZ, went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2020. Albert, her husband and soul mate of 60 years, was at her side when she passed when her last words were
“I had a good life.” Preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and Harry Ryan, two brothers, Ronald & Rodger Ryan, two sisters, Sandra Ryan & Sonja Mandy and 2 sons, Donald Karas & James Wyckoff. She leaves behind a spouse, Albert, son, Dan (wife, Sherry) of Chandler, daughters, Cindy of Payson & Patti (spouse, Jim) of Payson, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barbara retired from Canton City Schools in her home state, OH, before retiring in AZ. She had always been an avid volunteer. Her most recent volunteer service was at Red Mountain Community Center and Baywood Banner Hospital in Mesa, AZ.

Barbara was a long time dog sitter and remembered each and every dog by name.

She was very active in her church, and her faith was readily observed by anyone she met.

While residing at Greenfield Glen, she would greet each neighbor walking by with a smile and a “Have a good day."

It was Barbara’s wish to be cremated. The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.

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