Feb. 27, 1955 – Dec. 30, 2018
The bright lights of El Paso were dimmed on Dec. 30, 2018, with the passing of Barbara Ann Davis.
Originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, Barbara moved here with her husband in the mid-1970s.
Her son, Andy, was born in El Paso and together they made their mark on the border city. Grown, Andy moved on to San Diego where he now makes his home with his wife Tanya, but Barbara stayed, contributing with her volunteer efforts and hard work to heighten and better all aspects of the El Paso community.
Barbara is survived by her two sisters, Rebecca Jones of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Paul and Deborah Hight of Sturgis, South Dakota; her two brothers, Lenny Swanson and Steven and Lisa of Rapid City; five nieces and nephews, Jessica Smith of Helena, Montana, Nychole Reilly of Tucson, Arizona, Danielle Kapelle of Madison, South Dakota, and Paul and Hollie Hight of Sturgis.
Barbara is preceded in death by her significant other, Merle Southern; her parents, Leonard and Stella Swanson; and her nephew, Samuel Hight.
She finished her degree (as any good El Pasoan) at the University of Texas at El Paso and opened Quick Claimers Medical Billing, Inc. in 2003. The business is still thriving, proudly employing and contributing to the business community.
To list Barbara’s accomplishments and affiliations (whether in business or in the community) would be unending! If there was a need in a community organization, she was there: from Race for the Cure to the El Paso Battered Women’s Shelter; from Pro-Musica to Broadway in El Paso. She opened her home for fundraisers and offered a place to stay to musicians in need. Her lesson to us all is that no need or problem is too small, or too overwhelming. It can be solved. She triumphed over challenges and made it look easy.
Barbara was a gamer and she often involved friends in weekly fun and competition. A race track fan, she knew how to pick the ponies, but could have just as much fun at home with a small group playing a board game. She loved to cook and entertain. She could lift anyone’s spirits in a matter of minutes. She impacted everyone she met. Her zest for life, infectious smile and positive attitude left an undeniable glow in her employees, her clients and her friends (there are many). She will be missed, but we are better for having known her.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Star City Studios, 120 W. Castellano.