Barbara Jane Brower, 72, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Barbara was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and at the age of 18 was crowned Miss Roanoke Valley and later Miss Virginia representing the Commonwealth at the Miss America pageant. After spending the year making appearances as Miss Virginia, she attended Radford University majoring in music theory and later became a teacher in Roanoke public schools and Hollins College. While attending a friend's wedding, Barbara met the love of her life, Bob. They started a family and ultimately settled in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Barbara shared her talent and love of music by singing in the choir, serving as the pianist for Parkwood Baptist Church for 20 years and teaching piano and voice lessons to children and adults for over 40 years. Barbara's life was blessed with wonderful friends with whom she and Bob traveled the world, played tennis, and gathered in fellowship. Of all of her blessings, Barbara loved her roles of wife, mother, and Nana most. Barbara was predeceased by her parents George W. Yost and Irene Wyatt Yost and is survived by her husband Bob, children: Robert Curtis Brower Jr. and wife, Sandra; Matthew Scott Brower and wife, Lisa; Christian Wyatt Brower and wife, Lauren; Meredith Brower Giltner and husband, Greg; her brother Stephen Wyatt Yost and wife, Janet; and eight grandchildren: Jackson Curtis Brower, Bennett Davis Brower, Alex Michael Brower, Katherine Wyatt Brower, Carson Wyatt Brower, Brooks Shaw Brower, Vivian Jane Giltner, and Holden Wyatt Giltner.
The Brower family would like to thank Parkwood Baptist Church for their prayers, home-cooked meals, and support for the past few years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Open Medicine Foundation (https://www.omf.ngo).
A Memorial Tree was planted for Barbara
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Direct Cremation Svcs of VA - Chantilly