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This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem.

(Song of Songs 5:16)

Barbara Sawyer
Barbara Sawyer
Tikvah bat Sarah

of Blessed Memory
06/05/49-12/13/08

Barbara Gay Hart Sawyer (Tikvah bat Sarah), age 59, graduated from this school of life and went Home to be with her Lord, Savior, and new Bridegroom on December 13, 2008, at Selby Hospital in Marietta. She passed over quietly and painlessly, without fear or trauma, with her husband in loving attendance. She was born in Oakland, California, a daughter of the late Albert and Jane Hill Hart. She graduated from Acalanes High School, Lafayette, California, with the class of 1967 and attended Diablo Valley College.

She was a pastor’s wife and ministry partner, a nutritional consultant, herbalist, iridologist, and aromatherapist. She was also a member of the National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals and the managing partner of Abundant Life Herb Shop. In addition to her ministry, natural health, and homemaker duties, Barbara also worked part-time as a retail clerk for JoAnn Fabric and Crafts, and had been a seamstress for over 20 years. She attended the Star in the East Messianic Jewish Congregation in Canton, Ohio.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Dr. Rickard L. (“Rick” or “Buzz”) Sawyer (Ari ben Levi); one son, Aaron Paul Sawyer of Kettering, Ohio; two sisters, Margaret “Peggy” Scott and Carol Ann Downing, both of Lincoln, Nebraska; one brother William “Bill” Hart of Clayton, California; and two grandchildren, Joshua Caleb and Elizabeth Ruth Sawyer.

Memorial services were held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday December 17, 2008, at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, West Virginia, with Messianic Rabbi Michael Oyler officiating. The family received friends the hour prior to services (6:00 pm) at the funeral home.

ADONAI gave; ADONAI has now taken;
blessed be the name of ADONAI.

— Job 1:21

Oh that my words were written!
   Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
That with an iron stylus and lead
   They were engraved in the rock forever!
As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
   And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
Even after my skin is destroyed,
   Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
Whom I myself shall behold,
   And whom my eyes will seem, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
                                                — Job 19:23-27

 

A Woman of Virtue
Proverbs 31:10-30 (CJB)

Who can find a capable wife?
   Her value is far beyond that of pearls.
Her husband trusts her from his heart,
   and she will prove a great asset to him.

She works to bring him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
She procures a supply of wool and flax
   and works with willing hands.

She is like those merchant vessels,
   bringing her food from far away.
It's still dark when she rises
   to give food to her household
   and orders to the young women serving her.

She considers a field, then buys it,
   and from her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She gathers her strength around her
   and throws herself into her work.

She sees that her business affairs go well;
   her lamp stays lit at night.
She puts her hands to the staff with the flax;
   her fingers hold the spinning rod.

She reaches out to embrace the poor
   and opens her arms to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
   since all of them are doubly clothed.

      

She makes her own quilts;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known at the city gates
   when he sits with the leaders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them;
   she supplies the merchants with sashes.
Clothed with strength and dignity,
   she can laugh at the days to come.

When she opens her mouth, she speaks wisely;
   on her tongue is loving instruction.
She watches how things go in her house,
   not eating the bread of idleness.

Her children arise; they make her happy;
   her husband too, as he praises her:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
   but you surpass them all!”

Charm can lie, beauty can vanish,
   but a woman who fears ADONAI should be praised.
Give her a share in what she produces;
   let her works speak her praises at the city gates.

 


For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.
   Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord — for we walk by faith, not by sight — we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

— 2 Corinthians 5:1-8

Barbie's First Wedding, August 24, 1967
Barbie's First Wedding, August 24, 1967
Barbie's Second Wedding, December 13, 2008
Barbie's Second Wedding, December 13, 2008

 

The Mourner’s Kaddish
Sanctifying the Name of God

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The Kaddish is an ancient prayer of praise, written in Aramaic, that expresses a longing for the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth. Originally recited by rabbis when they had finished giving their sermons (the Rabbi’s Kaddish), in time the prayer was modified and became associated with mourning.

The words of the Kaddish provide lasting comfort by stressing the greatness and sovereignty of God — even in the most harrowing of life circumstances. The word kaddish means sanctification, referring to the hallowing of God's Name (Kiddush haShem). Tradition requires that Kaddish be recited during the first eleven months following the death of a loved one and thereafter on each anniversary of the death (called the Yahrtzeit).

In the following, the words enclosed in brackets are recited by the congregation, not by the person(s) reciting Kaddish.

Hebrew
Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba [Amein.]
Exalted and sanctified is God's great name [Amen]

Hebrew
b'al'ma di v'ra khir'utei
in the world which He has created according to His will,

Hebrew
v'yam'likh mal'khutei b'chayeikhon uv'yomeikhon
and may He establish His kingdom in your lifetimes and in your days,

Hebrew
uv'chayei d'khol beit yis'ra'eil
and within the life of the entire House of Israel,

Hebrew
ba'agala uviz'man kariv v'im'ru:
speedily and soon; and say:

Hebrew
[Amein. Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varakh l'alam ul'al'mei al'maya]
[Amen. May His great Name be blessed forever and to all eternity.]

Hebrew
Yit'barakh v'yish'tabach v'yit'pa'ar v'yit'romam v'yit'nasei
Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and

Hebrew Hebrew
v'yit'hadar v'yit'aleh v'yit'halal sh'mei d'kud'sha B'rikh hu.
honored, elevated and lauded be the Name of the Holy One, Blessed be He,

Hebrew
[B'rikh hu.]
[Blessed be He]

Hebrew
l'eila min kol bir'khata v'shirara
beyond all the blessings and hymns,

Hebrew Hebrew
toosh'b'chatah v'nechematah, da'ameeran b'al'mah, v'eemru: Amein
praises and consolations that are spoken in the world; and say: Amen

Hebrew
[Amein]
[Amen]

Hebrew
Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya
May there be great peace from Heaven,

Hebrew Hebrew
v'chayim aleinu v'al kol yis'ra'eil v'im'ru Amein
and life, for us and for all Israel. Now say: Amen

Hebrew
[Amein]
[Amen]

Hebrew
Oseh shalom bim'romav hu ya'aseh shalom
He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,

Hebrew
aleinu v'al kol Yis'ra'eil v'im'ru
upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:

Hebrew
[Amein]
[Amen]

 


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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Barbara Sawyer. I had the privilege to work along side Rick and he spoke of her often. She meant the world to him. I had the opportunity to speak to her a few times but through Rick is how I know that she was a wonderful person and she will be dearly missed.....until you all see her again. And you will. God Bless.
~ Serina and Shane Modesitt


Dear brother in Messiah Yeshua, my sincerest condolences to you and may you be comforted in knowing that she waits for you to join her in the glorious resurrection soon to come! Shalom,
~ Avi Ben Avraham


Buzz & Aaron, How sad I was to hear of Barbara's passing. She was a delightful friend and family member. My family has many wonderful memories. She will be dearly missed. My thoughts are with you all.
~ Carol Estes


As a frequent customer of JoAnn's, I always received and very warm and friendly welcome from Barb. We had many conversations over the economy, religion, the West Coast and, of course, sewing. I will miss her. I always tell my friends JoAnn's is my "happy place" and Barbara made all the more special. She is in my prayers. I am sorry for your loss.
~ Beth Fichtelman


Buzz, Dennis's and my prayers are with you. Barb will be greatly missed. One of our true friends of many years who we could count on for a laugh, smile, joke, and love. We love you Buzz.
~ Barbara O'Malley


Our prayers go out to you and your family. We were so sorry to here of Barbara passing. As a friend and former co-worker, she was always available with advice, compassion, and a gracious friendly smile. She was a wonderful person and I will certainly miss her.
~ William and Viola Frierson


We are very saddened to hear of Barbara's death. We know that we will see her again someday with a spiritual new body that's really going to be healthy and vibrant. We love you very much Rick! We look forward to seeing you again. Please come up to the Star in The East again whenever you feel like visiting.
With much Brotherly love,
~ Larry & Myra Bailey and Family


I was so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. I worked with her at the YWCA and she was just a pleasure to be with everyday with the children. As a matter of fact, the house you two bought was the one I was renting and suggested to Barbara to rent when me and my roommate moved out. She was so good to me and made working at the YWCA fun and she loved the children so. She will be sadly missed and my prayers go out to you and your family.
~ Kisha Frierson, Vero Beach, FL


We are so sorry for Your Loss Of Wife And Mother.
~ Don & Alice Brown


Rick: My condolences to you on the loss of your wife. May you have comfort in memories and prayer.
~ Tom Perdue (Class of 1963)


My heart still aches in sadness,
My silent tears still flow,
For what it meant to lose you Sister
No one will ever know.
We shared so many memories,
as the years flew by,
why were you taken from us,
I now must wonder why.
I'll hold you close,
dear to my heart you are a priceless treasure,
That special person in my life,
A sister is forever.
~ Jil Estes


Ruthie and I send our Condolences to You, Rick, and the rest of the family, Barbara will be missed by us here in Ohio, It was always great to see you when you could make it to the Congregation on Shabbats. We enjoyed when you stayed with us. Yahweh Bless you and keep you, and make His face shine upon you, and give you Shalom. We love you Rick
~ Ron & Ruthie Alves


I was so sorry to read of Barb's passing. We worked together in the 1990's at the Parkersburg YWCA Child Development Center where she was "the life of the party." She was kind to the children under her care and so much fun to work with. I sure missed her after I moved to the East Coast. Please accept my condolences on your loss. Sincerely,
~ Fran Miller, Bear, Delaware


Rick, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything please let us know.
~ Jon Hammond


We are so thankful that Barb had a close relationship with her Savior. We will never forget the days in Camino when you both ministered to and met our deepest needs as we struggled through some very difficult days. Nor will I (Cindy) ever forget the fun times that Barb and I had as she cared for me (and my family) for many weeks as I recovered from a surgery! We shared many belly laughs over silly cards in those weeks. It was the Sawyers who taught us how to cook with a WOK!! We enjoyed many meals together. Although our paths took us in different directions geographically and we lived thousands of miles apart, our hearts and souls were connected deeply. We are thrilled that she is experiencing the joys of Heaven. Our prayers are with you Buzz, Aaron (& family) and the extended family as you grieve Barb's home-going.
~ Tad & Cindy Aldrich


I was both sad and happy to see the news of Barbara's passing. I will miss seeing her at Joann's. She was a great clerk and we had some really interesting conversations concerning her Messianic beliefs. But I am happy that she is with the Lord Jesus and has a brand new body! She will surely have a "good and faithful servant" star in her crown for sharing her faith! She was an inspiration to me. May Messiah Yahshua comfort your family until you see Barbara again.
~ Carol Battin


Rick, I am sorry you lost Barbara. She has always been in my thoughts and prayers. Rick and I will continue to keep you in our prayers. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
~ Sue Blank


My heart goes out to you and my prayers to Father. May His spirit come upon you and help comfort you all.
~ Kristina Snyder

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