Barbara Jean Hill
February 19,1957 - April 09,2020
Obituary for Barbara Jean Hill
Barbara Jean Washington was born on February 19, 1957 in Los Angeles, California to the union of Edward Washington (Los Angeles, California) and Opal Payne (Spearsville, Louisiana). God called her home on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Auburn, Washington surrounded by her loving family – immediate and extended.
Family and friends often referred to Barbara as “BJ”, a woman who loved her family. While the foundations of Christian values permeated throughout her life, BJ often read and studied the Bible as well as seeking ways for self-improvement.
BJ moved to Seattle, Washington at an early age, she attended Garfield High School and Renton Technical College. She was a “jack of all trades” with numerous positions ranging from journeyman (Todd Pacific Shipyard) to adult caregiver to security guard. However, with every position she had, there was never someone who was not touched by her humor and love to interact act with people. She was a real “go-getter” and remained “goal-oriented” to the very end.
BJ was a fun-loving, humorous spirited individual that loved all genres of music, her family and friends’, cooking and eating as well as occasional outing to the local casinos. Many neighbors and friends considered her family due to her ability to put a smile on people faces. It was not uncommon that you would find yourself laughing at her jokes and antics even hours after you left her presence.
She was preceded in death by her mother (Opal P. Washington), sister (Linda Washington), and brothers’ (Edward W. Washington, Joe W. Washington & Steven A. Jones).
BJ leaves the following individuals’ to cherish her memories: two brothers’ (Foster Jones & wife (Tracey Jones) – California, & James Blackmon – Nebraska); two children (Quentin (Jerome) Thomas & wife (Evelyn Thomas) – Powder Springs, Georgia, and Tamishia S. O’Neal & husband (Von Rico O’Neal) – Auburn, Washington); four grandchildren (De’Ajaneah O’Neal & Von Rico O’Neal Jr. – Auburn, Washington) & Quentin (Bryce) Thomas & Aidan D. Thomas – Powder Springs, Georgia); several nieces (Trina Jones, Stephanie Jones, Raquel Burns, Tyisha Washington, Jomelia Washington, Javonne Washington, Ola Williams-Oakes, Kimberly Jones – all part of the greater Washington state area); two nephews – Robert E. Lewis and Steven A. Jones, Jr. – both part of the greater Washington state area; several cousins (Chris Smith, Joseph Smith, Kenneth Smith, & Juan Meeks – all part of the greater Washington state area), Raquel (Sheree) Parker (California), Michelle (Miki) Payne (Virginia). In addition, her childhood friend / sister who was very near & dear to her heart is Lola Johnson-Jones (California).
Poem selection from family.
Until We Meet Again
Those special memories of you
will always bring a smile
if only i could have you back
just for a while
Then we could sit and talk again
just like we used to do
You always meant so very much
and always will do too
The fact that you're no longer here
will always cause me pain
but you're forever in my heart
until we meet again
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