Barbara was born on July 31, 1939, in Jacksonville, FL, to Fortune LaRosa and Huldah Estelle West LaRosa. She was raised in Jacksonville but moved to Waycross in 1959.
Barbara made a profession of faith as a child and was baptized at Avondale Baptist Church. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School as class valedictorian in 1957, and then married the love of her life, William (Bill) R. Wainwright, during that summer on August 24.
She began nursing school shortly after her wedding, but after learning that she was to become a mother, she left school to devote herself to the care of her husband and children for the next 30 years.
In this role, Barbara epitomized the Proverbs 31 woman: she was of noble character, her husband lacked nothing of value- and she brought him good all the days of her life, she worked with eager hands and went about her work vigorously, she extended her hand to the needy, and made coverings for her bed.
She spoke with wisdom, and faithful instruction was on her tongue. Her husband and children arise and call her blessed! Though she possessed both charm and beauty, she was a woman who feared the Lord and is to be praised!
In 1989, Barbara returned to college to become a registered nurse. She worked at Satilla Regional Hospital on Station 2C, and later worked for Hospice Satilla. Barbara was an active member of El Bethel Church, Women’s Aglow, and the Red Hat Society.
All who had the pleasure of knowing her were aware that the most important Person in her life was the Lord Jesus Christ. Her great desire was that her friends, family, and even total strangers know Him as she did, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
She actively pursued that goal by going on many medical mission trips to Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, along the Amazon, and to Russia to offer both physical and spiritual healing to the people there. As she served in these other countries, Barbara would pick up pieces of broken glass, shiny beads, and other cast-off fragments.
She used these bright bits to fill hand-made kaleidoscopes and was eager to share the message that God had impressed upon her heart: “One night God explained to me how the kaleidoscope works. He said it’s no mistake there are three mirrors on the inside. They stand for the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The mirrors are bound together as one, taking care that no dust or extra ‘stuff’ touches them. Then they are sealed with clear glass on each end. The mirrors are placed in a tube to hold all the little pieces. These pieces are representative of your life- including things that may be broken or leftover- things that no one else wants or values.
The other end is covered with a cap that has a small hole allowing you to see the pieces combined in an awesome way. God said that if you will give all to Him and let His love and light shine through, He will make something beautiful. ‘He hath made all things beautiful in His time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).’
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and an infant grandson, William (Trey) R. Wainwright, III.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 55 years, William (Bill) R. Wainwright of Waycross, her daughter Susan Wainwright McDonald and husband, Bob, of Richmond Hill, GA; her son William (Butch) R. Wainwright, Jr. and wife, Tena, of Franklin, GA; and five grandchildren: Shannon McDonald Wright and husband, Chris, of Blackshear, GA, Caitlin McDonald of Hoover, AL, and Grant McDonald of Richmond Hill, GA; Joshua Chance, Bremen, GA, and Samantha Wainwright, Newnan, GA.
She is also survived by her sisters Rose Marie L. Price (Ronald) and Nancy L. Paschal (Bill), and seven nephews and one niece and their families.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to all who ministered to Barbara: praying friends, doctors, and the staffs of Mayo Clinic, Satilla Care Center, and Hospice Satilla.
Please rejoice with us that Barbara has entered the gates of heaven into the arms of her loving Saviour.
Mrs. Wainwright’s request was for everyone to wear red to her funeral.
The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 2 – 4 pm at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 pm at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial donations to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501 or to Elbethel Church, 2198 Brunswick Highway, Waycross, GA 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.