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Barbara Louise Stennett
April 7, 1943 ~ November 19, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Barbara Louise Turner Stennett, beloved mother and grandmother, was born April 7, 1943 to Rex and Louise Turner in Oakland, CA. She grew up in Arroyo Grande, California with her two sisters Carol Turner Neiggemann and Dayna Turner McCollum, and her brother Tim Turner. She later went on to marry and have four children—Theresa (Stennett) Stroms, Rex Stennett, Joseph Stennett, and Thomas Stennett.
Barbara loved children. Her gracious heart extended to her elementary education students for many years and, later in life, her ESL students. She kept on teaching through her children and her many grandkids- even after her days as a school teacher had passed.
Inspired by her mother, Barbara was also an artist and carried her love for art and creativity throughout her life. She enjoyed it most when she could share it with her children and grandchildren: whether it be watercolor, colored pencils, crafting, flower arranging, or pottery. Barbara also had a love for baking. Her Portuguese sweet bread, a recipe passed down from her grandmother, was her signature contribution at every family gathering. This recipe and her famous ‘energy candy’ were among the many things she taught with passion.
Barbara had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to joke around with her family. She was a great story-teller. She never met a stranger and had a way of making new people feel welcome. She loved to listen to country music and dance any chance she had. She even won a dance contest in high school.
The most important thing to Barbara was her family and her faith in Jesus Christ. She loved to spend time with her immediate and extended family. She also loved spending time with friends and her church family, including doing Bible studies and many ministries at church in her younger years. One of her favorite passages in the Bible was Philippians 2:5-11.
Barbara is survived by her two sisters, four children, eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She will be missed, remembered, and treasured forever. Her story and impact will live on earth through her legacies and her family, and she will live eternally in heaven.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on January 5, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at San Luis Obispo Church of the Nazarene.