On Monday, February 10, 2020, Barbara Diane Parker-Pahl, surrounded by family and friends and bathed in music and love, passed away after an 18-month battle with melanoma.
Barb was born on November 12, 1959 in San Rafael, CA to John and Nancy (Vallow) Morris. She received a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota in 1981, and worked in many areas of software support, ending her career as a Financial Systems Analyst for Olmsted County. On August 17, 2013, she married Pamela Pahl at a beautiful outdoor ceremony at People of Hope Church in Rochester, MN.
Barb had a passion for training and was an avid pickleball player. She combined those two passions to introduce the sport of pickleball to dozens of players. She also had a love of travel. Her vehicle of choice was a top-down convertible. She was known for her quick wit, her infectious laugh, and her kind and compassionate spirit.
Barb is survived by her wife Pam, her son, Kyle Parker of Rochester MN, her step-son Chris Halvorson (Myranda) of Kasson MN, her parents John and Nancy Morris of Ormond Beach FL, her sister Jennifer Hamilton (Michael) of Loyalton CA, her brother Michael Morris (Peggy) of Bloomington Il, two nieces Courtney and Karen, a nephew Zach, and a grand-daughter Ashlynn.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 23nd, 2020 at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester MN at 2 pm. Visitation will be held 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the church. Memorials may be sent to Melanoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 759329, Baltimore, MD, 21275-9329 or melanoma.org.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Parker-Pahl family; to share a special memory of condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
"Dear Pam & Kyle,
I'm so sorry that I was not able to attend yesterday due to a conflict. Barb was wonderful co-worker. She will be missed greatly. Praying that you will find peace in your time of grief - however long that takes for you.
"Dear Pam and Kyle, Gosh. My heart is breaking at your great loss. I?m so so sorry. Barb was a beautiful light wherever she showed up. I always loved to see her joyful smile and I profited from her infectious optimism many times. I have so loved sharing musical journeys with you guys and sharing our favorite artists. Barb was a lovely presence at work, well beyond her obvious competence. She made my work days better (and therefore my life) with every encounter. She created laughter every where she went. I?m sure none of this is news to you. She was and remains a very special and beautiful energy in this universe. Sending you so much love and holding you closely on my heart. I?m grieving with you. Stacy Sinner"
"Pam I am sorry to hear about Barb passing. I enjoyed her humor on the pickleball court and will miss it."
"Pam and family, My heart goes out to you and your family. One of my blessings was to have known Barb as a beautiful friend and co-worker for many years, recently with Olmsted County. May you take comfort in loving memory and the friends and family that surround you all. Denise Cox"
"Barb......BIG smile, BIG heart, BIG LOVE for life, family and friends....Pam, Kyle and all....walking with you in grief and celebration of her life........Marina Keppler
"Pam, Dean and I share our most sincere condolences with you. We hope you can take some comfort in the many good times you had together. Hugs-Cynthia (from Mayo's Melanoma Support Group)"
Brian and I are so grateful for our times together with you and Barb. Our love and friendship through your grief. ?"