Barbara “Barbie” Howard Sayers
March 06, 2014
Evans, GA – Barbara (Barbie) Howard Sayers, 48, entered into rest at home with her husband Doug at her side after a valiant and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was Doug’s beloved wife for 23 years and loving mother to her two sons, Ben Sayers and Ryan Sayers.
Barbie was born in Madison, Wisconsin and has lived in the Augusta area for the past 43 years. She attended Augusta Preparatory Day School, Evans Middle School, Evans High School, The University of Georgia, and The Nursing School at the Medical College of Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Science-Registered Nursing Degree, a Master of Science in Nursing Degree and a Post-master’s Certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She worked in the MCG Pediatric Psychiatry Division for 10 years and later was a loved and honored colleague of the Staff in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Endocrinology at Georgia Regents University at Augusta. She devoted herself to help many children and their families deal with challenging, debilitating medical conditions.
Barbie’s service in this area was honored when she was awarded the 2012 Gloria Ginn Volunteer of the Year Award by the Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council. In 2014 she was honored by The Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Georgia Regents Heart Program.
Beginning at age of 12 Barbie raised and trained her horse named Robbie for the show ring. She became a skilled horsewoman, winning many ribbons and trophies at numerous competitions on Robbie and other mounts. She was also active in our local theater community as an actor and stage manager. Barbie loved to sew and construct craft gifts for family and friends. She loved to garden, her yard was a showplace of beautiful, well-tended plants and flowers. She was also an enthusiastic and active Cub Scout Volunteer and Pack Leader. However, her major focus was her role as wife and mother to her beloved family.
Barbie was preceded in death by her Grandparents Frank and Evelyn Howard and Walter and Rose Soltis. She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Douglas Sayers and her two sons, Ben Sayers,14, and Ryan Sayers 12. Additional survivors include her parents Dr. Eugene and Joan Howard, Evans, GA; her sister and brother-in-law Karen and Rick Grinstead, and nephew Ethan Grinstead, Leander TX; her Aunt Elaine and Uncle John Weavil, New Smyrna Beach, FL; and her cousins Sean Weavil (Lynn), New Smyrna Beach, Fl and Leigh Ann Koenke (Shawn), and second cousin Grace Koenke, Deland Fl; Mother and Father–in Law Dr. Ronny Joe and Carol Sayers, Augusta, GA; Sisters-in-law Tonya Sayers, Hilton Head, SC and LeighAnn and husband John Chambley, Evans, GA; Niece Sarah Kate Chambley and Nephew Chip Chambley (Elizabeth), Atlanta, GA.
A memorial service will be held at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road, Augusta, GA 30909 on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2 pm. Rev. Grady Mosley and Rev. Jim Higgins will officiate. A reception will be held in the Family Life Center after the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council, P.O. Box 40086, Augusta, GA 30909.
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com
Mark your calendar for Council Meetings at the Kroc Center:
The Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council (CHPVC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1995 to support children with cardiovascular disease and their families through a unique relationship with pediatric caregivers. The success of the CHPVC is attributed to dedicated volunteers, effective leadership, devoted financial supporters and a very important cause — enhancing the lives of children with special hearts and their families.
The Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council’s key goal is to provide support through programs such as family visitation, educational seminars, Scholarship Awards, Camp Strong Heart, research awards, and projects associated with the Children’s Hospital of Georgia (Formerly The Medical College of Georgia Children’s Medical Center) Pediatric Cardiology program. These activities are funded through generous donations from friends like you and Doctors Who Cook®, our remarkable, nationally-known, award winning fundraising event.
CHPVC contact info:
Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council
P.O. Box 40086
Augusta, GA 30909