Amalia “Molly” Barber, 23, Clinton, will be remembered as the light that brightened the lives of all those who knew and loved her. Molly died Saturday (May 19, 2012) on her 23rd birthday while hiking near Tucson, Ariz.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clinton Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials may be made to the Molly Barber Memorial Fund.
Molly was born May 19, 1989, in Manhattan, Kan., daughter of Roxanne and Kevin Barber.
She is survived by her parents of Clinton; brothers, Eric and Kennon “Kip” Barber, both of Clinton; grandparents, Candy Buckus, Tucson, Ariz.; Wayne and Evangeline Barber, Sherburn, Minn.; and Janet Meyer, Tumwater, Wash.; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and Andrew Scharrbrough, the love of her life, of Indianapolis, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather.
Molly was a senior at Purdue University, where she was completing a degree in mechanical engineering. She completed internships with Monsanto Co. She was a proud member of Purdue’s All-American Marching Band. She was a campus tour guide, residential adviser and a member of the Ambassador program in the College of Engineering.
Molly was a 2007 graduate of Clinton High School, where she was co-valedictorian of her class. She participated in band, cross country, track, softball and Excel Club.
For Molly, family and friends were the center of her life. She was a master storyteller with a creative spirit that made anything she put her hand to more beautiful. The essence of Molly lives on in the hearts she touched, the lives she changed with her generous spirit and the warmth that unforgettable smile brought to everyone she met.
Molly was a member of Clinton Presbyterian Church.