On October 13, 2017, I drove to Barbara's residence in Chicago Heights for a short visit.  I
asked how she was feeling, to which she replied "not well at all."  I held up her copy of the
catalog from "Soul of a Nation" exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.  She managed a
smile as she took it from my hand, saying that she will have to read it.  I told her I would be
back when she felt better, and we could discuss the book and the show. A few weeks later,
on November 14, a fellow artist, Sherman Beck called to tell me that she had passed away that
morning.  I'm sure Barbara left knowing that she had made a great contribution to humanity
through her teaching and in her artwork that will speak to viewers for generations.  On
January 10, 2018 friends and associates gathered with her family members in a tribute to her
at the Southside Community Art Center.  The following day an exhibition of her work was
opened at the DePaul University Museum of Art.