Tributes to Barbara
1966 ~ May 18, 2001

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52 Tributes to Barbara

March 17, 2014

Barbara

sweet, precious and friendly,
loving,caring,and simply irrestistable.
You will be missed,remembered and loved,
while you're over the rainbow,up above.

Just remember:You will always be the wonderful Barbara we all know and love.
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington, KY
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January 7, 2014
To BARBARA WITH LOVE

I MET YOU TONIGHT as I read everything written about & for you! I feel that I have been BLESSED, taught how to live, how to survive and how to make the very most of what I have and what I have to give to others! When I think of how you wandered free over the hills, through the forests enjoying your freedom to choose where your precious feet would go, I feel I can know in part the joy that you felt! The account of your roaming off boundary property lines and your determination to go again~in spite of the watchful & loving eyes of your caregivers~tickles my heart with delight~the thought of how much you wanted to see & go to all of the places as far as you could travel is so touching to me! I want you to know that your life truly touched everyone who knew you, I can tell that your gifts were accepted, well utilized,cherished,shared,put into practice by the souls that you lived with and loved. In the hearts & minds & relationships of your elephant family & in the words & deeds of your human family & caregivers I know what an impact your life had on them all and you are still giving, teaching, showing the way of a better way to handle life's difficulties~& enjoying life's simple pleasures to the fullest! Working your magic over all who are willing to open their mind & spirit to drink in the gentle knowledge & wisdom that you had to share. I am forever changed by knowing you through your pictures, & the stories that your people have shared recalling the events of your life & theirs with you, knowing you, loving & losing you & finding you still with them~this I KNOW IS TRUE~ I am enriched & changed for the better & will continue to grow~so I know that the ones who knew you & loved you are extra blessed & all of these wonderful
gifts that you bestow to~ all~ we can never ever THANK YOU ENOUGH. Sweet Sweater girl with the HAPPY Face~YOU MAKE ME LAUGH~YOU MAKE ME CRY~YOU BRING ME JOY that NEVER ENDS~YOU TEACH ME HOW TO LIVE!~ I LOVE Y*O*U~
Alex V. Racey, Keyser, West Virginia
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January 3, 2014
Dear sweet Barbara,
You are such an amazing girl, being good friends with every elephant. Even if your passing was 13 years ago and I wasn't even born, I miss you a lot. At least you lived in a wonderful sanctuary surrounded by Tarra, Jenny, Shirley, and lot's of others. Please watch over all the elephants you knew, because the love you very much and you are greatly missed by them.

Rest in peace sweet girl,
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington, KY
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May 23, 2013
IN MEMORY BARBOSA
NUNO ANDRADE, BROCKTON,MA
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November 2, 2012
Barbra was a fun gal. She was nice,caring,and lovable. There was nothing negative about her or any other elephant. She was one of the most magnifecent,intellegent,and certainly biggest creatures on earth. Plus,she has Ned to keep her company.Rest in peace sweetest Barbra.
Trent Joesph Grasso, Burke,VA
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June 14, 2012
Elephants will always hold a Special place in my heart...most little girls want a Doll or a stuffed Teddy Bear - I wanted an Elephant. My first toy and my forever love! The Elephant Sanctuary is wonderful. Your Tribute to Barbara unveiled something equally special to me...my wonderful Golden Retriever, Kobie, had the same habit of trying (and mostly succeeding) of taking gum out of your mouth! May they both Rest in Peace.
Lisa Dieumegard, Camden, TN
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June 6, 2012
You will forever be beautiful! And your soul is in the hearts of those who love you and have come to love you.
Kelly Spencer, Middlesex, NJ
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June 2, 2012
Barbara was the first elephant i came to know at the sanctuary. i have missed her since her passing but i know that she was happy the last years of her life. i can only believe she is happy now to be reunited with those she loved and watching the sunset from her favorite place.
alice girard, cheboygan,michigan
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May 26, 2012
Dearest of elephants, I know that you are reunited now with all the elephants you have loved and then lost. May your spirit visit us often, as we remember you at the going down of the sun. Be at peace.
Pattie Reber, Milton, Georgia
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May 25, 2012
Querida Barbara,te fuiste muy pronto,demasiado pronto,pero tu recuerdo siempre estara en nuestros corazones.
Nati, Spain
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May 23, 2012
You were a beautiful girl, Barbara.
We love you always.
M. Rogers, Tucson, AZ
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May 22, 2012
Sweet sweet Barbara. I'm glad you are with the angels now. I know you were loved very deeply by all your caretakers at the sanctuary. Rest in peace dear girl, you are an elephant of god now.
Pamela Kaczynski, Pittsburgh, PA
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May 22, 2012
Wishing you a grand life on the other side of lots of friends and peanut butter. Blessings to you and your beautiful soul. Namaste, Barbara.
Miranda, Sacramento, CA
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May 21, 2012
Dearest Barbara: I never knew you; you had passed before I found the sanctuary. But I know that from your burial spot high on your hill, you continue to watch over your beloved sisters and sanctuary. I'll think of you there, in the setting sun. I'm so glad you found peace and love in Tennessee.

My love to you, dear heart.

Joan, CT
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May 20, 2012
I am so glad that you were able to live at the Sanctuary at the end of your life. Your memories of your life in the wild must have rushed back to you when you stepped into the fields, smelled the air and listened to the trees. How fortunate for you.
Judy Taylor-Atkinson, Port Moody, BC, Canada
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May 20, 2012
Barbara truly does deserve a tribute page because she is the symbol of what TES was to become, a home for injured, sick and aging elephants. A place where there was freedom and safety and where an elephant would never again have to know fear, be hungry or abused in any way. It was a place where the humans she interacted with treated her with love, kindness and respect and where she could once again be granted her dignity. I feel rather strange writing this because I don't believe that there is anyone who is still at TES who knew Barbara other than Tarra, Shirley, Sissy and Winkie and I know that they won't be reading our tributes but I send my love and gratitude to Barbara and thank he for her wisdom and compassionate soul. I hope, sweet girl, that you have been reunited with those members of your natural family who have passed and with your TES sisters who have left us, also.
Maryann Sandford, Santa Barbara, CA
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May 20, 2012
Barbie, God chose you to come to heaven first so that you would be there to welcome each of your sisters as they depart this earth and enter their forever new home. You are the matriarch of this heavenly herd.
Kathy Hertzel, Webster, NY
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May 20, 2012
God Bless the Sanctuary for giving beautiful Barbara those happy, free last years. Don't you have the feeling she, and her other departed sisters, are watching over TES today?
Shirley Green, Ohio
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May 19, 2012
How we all loved her and her friendship to the others. It is so fitting that her passing was with her friends.
Tory, Georgia
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May 19, 2012
Dear sweet girl, may you finally be at peace. Man can be so cruel and you so forgiving. Namaste
Whitney, South Elgin, Il
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May 19, 2012
What a wonderfu loving and forgiving soul you were, dear Barbara.
Joyce Dennehy, Lake Barrington, IL
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May 19, 2012
It is a blessing to hear Barbi that she was able to have sanctuary for her last five years. Passing over the Rainbow Bridge at such a young age, I'm sure she was needed there to help guide those who would come after. Namaste, dear Barbie.
shirley walter, Ocala, FL
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May 19, 2012
For such a soulful, magnificent being with a spirit to match, rest in peace, sweet girl.
Joyce, Michigan
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May 19, 2012
Dear Friends at Sanctuary -- In tribute to sweet Barbara and all our girls, I am privileged to present a special program each year about the Elephant Sanctuary to some kindegarten classes. In this way, I can plant the seeds of love for elephants and all creatures, and respect for them to live their lives as God intended, not simply as objects for our entertainment. Bless you all, and thank you for caring for Barbara and all her sisters, -- and Ned!!
karen stickler, johnsotwn, PA
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May 19, 2012
You endured so much;
died so young.
We hope that the kindness of the caregivers @The Elephant Sanctuary had made you aware that not all of humanity mistreats animals.
May the spot where you had been buried remain sacred.
Christa Daff├╝e, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
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May 19, 2012
I was not a herdie at the time of Barbies arrival. But became one soon after. Loved watching the camera to see where she was eating or browsing. She was a very private individual but very smart and intelligent. Glad she had those last 5 years of freedom and happiness and love. Beautiful and strong lady.
Lorraine, Landenberg
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May 19, 2012
My love of Elephants can only be a result of the Sanctuary. These wonderful creatures seem to be more like us than some will admit. Thank you for giving Barbara and all her friends a place to be cared for and loved.

Here's to Barbara, and making a difference in the hearts of all that she touched.
Debby Tolocko, Milton, WIsconsin
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May 19, 2012
What a lucky girl to have found sanctuary. Continue to RIP, dear Barbara.
Margie, Georgia
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May 19, 2012
RIP Barbara.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 19, 2012
I'm sure there's a heaven for you were you met your family and together you are living happily as you merit.
m.Borg, Malta
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May 19, 2012
Oh Barbara you were great. I had hoped you had lived more in Elephant Sanctuary.
M.Borg, malta
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May 18, 2012
Rest peacefully, sweet girl. We all miss your beautiful face. Take good care of her, angels, she deserves it.
Carolyn Kapp, West Virginia
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May 18, 2012
Dearest Barbara, You brought the grace of the ages with your birth as a beautiful baby girl. Parted from your family, you created one of your own, and then finally, another where you could roam freely and share adventures with your sisters. You got treats, and lots of love, and best of all freedom to just be Barbara. On that hill, you were watching for more than the sunset; you were watching for the return of your own family, and they finally did, and they took you home with them to the greater beyond where you are never alone or lonely. We remember you; we appreciate you; and we see the God in you dear sweet, Barbara. Love,
Sky Ann, Redwood City, CA
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May 18, 2012
I feel so sorry for what Barbara had to go through at the hands of unkind humans, and what she suffered in her time here. It brought tears to my eyes to read about it. But I'm glad she was able to find some peace and happiness in her final years, and KNOW that she lives on in an even better place now. Sending love to you Barbara, you beautiful spirit.
Robyn G.Henriksen, Australia
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May 18, 2012
I did not know you Barbara, but I LOVE YOU! RIP and enjoy seeing all your friends that went before and were waiting for you... <3
Henrietta Wolfe, Spokane, Wa.
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May 18, 2012
What a special girl. She lived such a hard life until Sanctuary. I love the photo you have of her. Such beauty in her look and those freckles....precious.
Kaye Davis, Charlotte, NC
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May 18, 2012
Your sweet soul and gentle spirit are with your sisters even now, as they roam the meadows and woods, Dearest Barbara.
Dedra C. Routh, Randolph Co., N.C.
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May 18, 2012
I did not know Barbara, the elephant, but I related to her journey through life, the difficulties, then finding sanctuary. It is her story that moved me so much that I became a supporter of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. R.I.P. Barbara :~

Sincerely,

Barbara T Kelly, Lansing Michigan USA
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May 18, 2012
Dear Barbara ~ how special it is that your gentle soul blessed this planet. It is a better place for it. Your story brought tears to my eyes. Your goodness and grace will never be forgotten.

Thank you,

Michele and Annah, Portland, Oregon
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May 18, 2012
RIP pretty girl
Janet Hunter, Indiana
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May 18, 2012
thinking of you great Barbara, and hoping you are enjoying the final sanctuary...so glad you were at the one in Tennessee where you received the love and care you deserved...you, and all of your fellow elephants inspire me to be a better person.....
Sylvia Edwards, Franklin, NC
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May 18, 2012
Barbie,

I never got to know you as I have gotten to know your other sisters. I only came to know about TES as you were leaving. But it was with your story that I began my journey through their eyes and lives and stories.

I hope some day they will find out why you and Ned could not keep weight on. That will be a good day.

Kisses and hugs. You were loved.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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May 18, 2012
Such a elegant elephant. She looked very feminine. In one of her photos she has such a beautiful smile. We will see her again someday, and I will meet her face to face.
Vicki Haun, Seymour, Tn
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May 18, 2012
It's a shame she died so young, but happy she passed at TES with her elephant family. Let's hope that more and more unwanted, abused and captive elephants make it to the sanctuary!
Namaste Barbara
Linda De Falco, Melbourne, FL
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May 18, 2012
Miss you sweet Barbara. Hope you are happy in your new sanctuary xxxxxx
Rosemary, Montreal
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May 18, 2012
Barbara, I read all about you after I found TES site. I looked at the pictures of you in the pond and the mud wallow. I am so glad you found sanctuary and enjoyed the company of your own kind. Bless your heart and RIP.
Edna, Tennessee
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May 18, 2012
Dear Sweet Barbie, Such a lovely name for a lovely girl with a true heart. This, I am sorry to say, is the first day I know of you. But I am glad I did. You must have had a fabulous personality girl, surprising your neighbors asking for treats. I would have been honored to have been one of those neighbors and would have had popcorn on hand at all times! Your life was not very good but look what happened! You got to live out your short life in a wonderful place with wonderful people who showered you with love.I think maybe you may have left this world early so the Elephant Sanctuary could go on and help more elephants and now you can rest forever in a beautiful place.

Teri, So California
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May 18, 2012
Long,tall, wise, beautiful Barbara. I cherish the day that Carol brought you to sanctuary and I cherish you for becoming Tarra's first companion and a mentor to us all. You were our amazing leggy lady who relished each moment and loved everyone. I still miss you so and wish that your body had been as strong as your spirit so that you could have been able to stay with us and welcome each of the new elephants that have come to TES. Namaste, Sweet Barbara, I hope you are in the company of all your TES sisters who have left us to join you and also that Joanna is watching over you.
Sherry, New Mexico
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May 18, 2012
All though I never had the wonderful opportunity to meet Barbara. I'm sure she was a wonderful soul. And am happy she lived that last few years of her life, In such wonderful care!!


Summer, California
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May 18, 2012
Barbara was so beautiful and she did have those eyes that would look through your soul. Such a majestic gorgeous creature! Hugs and kisses....she is missed forever.
Diana, Enfield, Canada
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May 18, 2012
Dear Barbara,
I remember you so well, and think of you with a smile. Wise and gentle, with an indomitable spirit, your caregivers and elephant sisters adored you. You were surrounded by those you loved best when you passed, and were able to live a few short years of a very short life in the welcoming fields of Sanctuary. We all miss you, Barbara. Namaste.
Carolyn, Brentwood, TN
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May 17, 2012
Rest in peace, beautiful Barbara.
SR, Vancouver, BC
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