Barbara Patrick transitioned peacefully at the age of 70 on Friday, October 1, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. Barbara was born and raised in Newark, NJ, February 3,1951 to Janice Hancock and Clifford Patrick. She resided in Newark, as well Irvington, and for the remaining years of her golden life, she lived in Rahway, NJ. Throughout her life she received awards, honors, and was involved in various charities and organizations.
Barbara loved family gatherings, food, games, dancing, and anything that was geared towards community and the enjoyment of everyone in her surroundings. She loved traveling, socializing, shopping, volunteering, church, and her family. I’m convinced she also loved to eat. She was a foodie and whenever she attended an event, she expected food to be present, or there was an immediate problem lol. Most importantly, she loved each and every one of you reading this obituary.
Barbara retired from PSE&G after 25 years of service, and dedicated her time to trying her best to impact the lives of others. She continued to volunteer, open her home to those in need, put smiles on the face of others, and she always focused on remaining planted in her faith. Despite physical afflictions and unexpected disturbances, she was grateful and appreciative of each day bestowed upon her. This special, unique child of God was driven by God’s unfaltering favor over her life. She exceeded the amount of time spent with her loved ones that doctor’s believed would be limited. She gained an additional twenty years, and that’s not a coincidence, that’s GOD!!! This woman did not let the inability to walk, drive, cook, or speak dampen her spirits. She appeared as if she was a supernatural being never shaken by another debilitating issue. No matter what, she managed to maintain a smile and positive outlook on life. She knew, this too shall pass and her temporary assignment on earth would be fulfilled, and she would be delivered in God’s timing.
She was preceded in death by her mother Janice Hancock, sister Paulette Ward, and brother Melvin Ward. Those left to cherish her memory include: her daughters Chakera and Alisa, and her granddaughter whom she loved more than anything in the world, Sohaila; her nieces Venetia and Dayanira, who she was especially close to and viewed as daughters, and her nephews Donnie and LaQuan. Barbara is also survived by a host of cousins who are pretty much her brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews: Marie, Pat, Sammy, Felicia, Wanda, Lesley, William, Lu, Sharice, Phil, Mark, her dearest friend, Brenda; and her Godchildren, who she was extremely fond of, Micky, Shanta, Dajuan, and Joshua.
For those of you who truly want to honor her memory, please make the decision to choose happiness each and every day God blesses you to rise from your bed. Be kind, help others, keep a sense of humor, and show gratitude for all of our undeserved blessings and favor over our lives.
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