Barbara Koester

Obituary of Barbara Clark Koester

Our bright colored song bird, Barbara Clark Koester, flew to heaven on Thursday, February 22, 2024. She was 87 years old and had fought breast cancer since 2010. Her love and devotion was wrapped up in her love of her wonderful husband, family, friends and her Sunday school class. She was always the life of the party and her contagious smile was a ray of sunshine to the room.

Barbara was voted best all-around in her high school for her optimistic fun loving spirit. She usually sang at school assemblies and special events through her years in school. She even led her Sunday school class in worship each week for some time. After her treatments for her breast cancer in 2010, 2019 and 2023-24. She lost her ability to sing as she once did and she was not happy about it. She was reminded that in heaven she would receive a new voice and a new song for eternity.

The love of her life, the late sweet Herman Louis Koester, showed us all how marriage should be and will always be their legacy. She was a cherished and wonderful mother to the late Louis (Jennene), Dwight (Tammy), Daphne Youngblood (Marty), and precious Baba to Chris Youngblood (Amanda), Austin Koester (Katlyn), Meredith Heidkamp (Christopher), and two great grands due in 2024.

Barbara was born in the small town of Opelika, Alabama on May 1, 1936 to Homer Allen Clark and Johnnie Fields Clark. She was constantly telling stories about her childhood, high school days and friends that had news. She would often call old friends and family just to let them know she was thinking about them and wanted to keep up with their lives. She also made new friends along her journey, but never forgot those dear to her.

Barbara could remember so many things that happened as a child and her school years. She just 2 weeks before her passing recited start to finish a poem that she learned in school or Sunday school. The sweetest story was her testimony about her cousin preaching at Pierce Chapel when she was saved. She said, “I was changed on the inside from that moment.” That decision secured her future for eternity. I can just imagine her today in heaven sitting on a front porch waving at all those passing by planning to get everyone together.

She had such genuine concern for others that it resembled the Good Samaritan parable in the bible. She always wanted to help others in need in any way that she could, and dad would make sure they had something to eat before they left. I cannot tell you how many strangers came through our family home that were shown hospitality and care, but we were changed as well as them. Anyone that lived near or were neighbors quickly became very close friends as well. She taught us kids to love those in front of us. Her favorite job was being a homemaker which included cleaning house, cooking something all day, raising children and loving her husband more than words could define.

The family would like to thank the members of the Sue Knight Sunday for over 50 years of friendships, friends, family, hospital staff and doctors and special thanks to her neighbors on South Magnolia.

In lieu of flowers Barbara requested that donations be made to a ministry she had been praying for and excited about: Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM)

BCM Center 12033 Abercorn Street; Savannah, GA 31419

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