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Barbara Anne Billups

March 21, 1956 August 19, 2021
Barbara Anne Billups
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Obituary for Barbara Anne Billups

There will be a Celebration of Life for Barbara Billups on

Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Trinity Community Church
1200 Easton Road
Abington, PA 19001

Viewing: 10:00 A.M.
Service: 11:00 A.M.


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Barbara's Life Story

Barbara was born a twin on March 21, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Hallie Earley and John Billups Jr. She was the youngest (by 12 minutes) of five children from their union. She was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System and graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls (Class of 217) in 1973. She attended university of Pittsburgh and joined the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, then furthered her education to obtain a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology. She worked passionately in her field at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital for over twenty years, then Delaware County Memorial Hospital until her retirement in November 2020. She was a sought after national speaker because of her innovative techniques in the profession. She not only served patients but conducted lectures at universities and mentored students in the field.

For someone who always desired to help and care for others, it was no surprise that Barbara thrived when she became a mother! She married Robert Morgan and from that union had tow beautiful children: Lauren Michelle Morgan and Jonathan Robert Morgan. It was evident to anyone who knew her, how much he cherished motherhood! She was always active in their schooling extra curricular activities and parent groups; so much so that to this very day she can be identified as “Lauren and Jonathan’s mom” because anyone who knew her children knew HER!

Church every week was a tradition for the Billups family. Barbara grew up attending African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, and St. Simeon’s by the Sea while at their second home in Wildwood, NJ. In 1998, Barbara accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and became a member of Christian Stronghold Baptist Church. Just one year later she met Melvin Miller – an answer to her prayer, who became a strong pillar of faith for her family. In 201, they married and Barbara joined St. Matthews Baptist Church in Williamstown, NJ where she served alongside her husband as a Deaconess. One of her favorite parts of being a Deaconess was visiting the sick and shut-in. Desiring to use her gifts, talents, and personality she served enthusiastically in different ministries such as the Hospitality Committee, and started a new praise dance ministry of which she was both leader and choreographer. She always enjoyed serving others and showing the love of God. After the sudden passing of her husband, she prayed to find a new local church home; Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia was the answer to that prayer. As much as she loved attending church and having her favorite “pew buddies,” she always desired to serve in ministry. She actively served in the Caring Hearts ministry, leading worship services in different nursing home facilities. She was also a part of the “She’s My Sister” ministry, in which she served young women and girls in the Kensington part of Philadelphia. Lastly, who could ever forget that she was also a member of Enon’s bowling league; the loudest on the team, no matter her score 

Barbara’s love of dance spanned her entire life! She performed with the Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble as well as Ione Nash Dance Ensemble. Her passion for dance was something she instilled in her daughter’s life at a very young age, which ultimately inspired Lauren to pursue the arts. Barbara was also an actor and performed alongside her mother and twin with the St. Thomas Actors Guild. And what an amazing, active athlete Barb was! She excelled t bowling, swimming, gold, and let’s not forget her more reent love of gardening at the Kroc Center.

When the Lord called Barbara home, her death was as beautiful as her life. August 19, 2021, while surrounded by love, peace and worship, Barbara transitioned to glory with her children by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents Joh ad Hallie Billups, brother Christopher Billups, and husband Melvin Miller. She leaves to cherish her memory her children Lauren Michelle Morgan, Jonathan Robert Morgan (Madilyn), Christina Miller-Marcus (Michael). Her brothers John Billups III (Bobbie), and Tony Billups (Tele) and TWIN Sister Deborah Billups and grandchildren Nina, Hosanna, Josiah and Isaiah, along with nieces, nephews, and very dear friends.

Barbara “Barb” Billups was beloved…by family, friends, coworkers, teammates…everyone! Adored, admired and respected as the stellar woman of God she was. Stylish, vibrant, classy and a blaze of sunshine to all who met her!

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Visitation

Tuesday

31

Aug

10:00 AM 8/31/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/31/2021 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Community Church

1200 Easton Road
Abington, PA 19001

Trinity Community Church
1200 Easton Road Abington 19001 PA
United States

Service

Tuesday

31

Aug

11:00 AM 8/31/2021 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Community Church

1200 Easton Road
Abington, PA 19001

Trinity Community Church
1200 Easton Road Abington 19001 PA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Ivy Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

Easton Road
P.O. Box 27307
Philadelphia, PA 19150

Easton Road Philadelphia 19150 PA
United States
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