April 13, 1935 ~ March 19, 2021

Born in: Sherman, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Barbara Love was born into the Felix and Forrest Welmaker family on April 13, 1935, in Sherman, TX. Sweet Barbara passed peacefully into the arms of her heavenly Savior on March 19, 2021. Beloved by all who knew and adored her, she was a ray of sunshine in our lives. One whose light will shine on in her many descendants who will miss her strong heart and sweet smile. She was gracious, generous, and grateful for everything she had.
Felix and Forrest Welmaker moved to Austin in 1939, where Barbara attended school at Pease Elementary, University Jr High, and Austin High School (1952). She and Philip S. Noe were married in May 1952 and within ten years she was an officer’s wife and mother of four in the USAF, and a lively addition to the Wives’ Clubs. Phil studied navigation and they lived on several bases over ten years while he advanced to Captain and she raised the girls. Robin in 1953, Nicki 1954, Leslie 1958, and Jennifer 1961. Barbara and Phil began their military life in Waco, then Ohio, Florida, and back to Texas in 1963.
When they returned to civilian life, both attended UT-Austin. Life in Austin was enhanced by the steadfast support and beautiful presence of Barbara’s mom, Forrest Love, affectionately known as Grandmother to the Noe girls. She was ever-present in our lives and is forever in our hearts.
In 1971, Phil graduated with a doctorate in EE and they moved to Aggieland, where Phil was a professor of digital design and navigational technology at Texas A&M. Barbara graduated from TAMU in 1972 with a degree in early childhood development—after transferring all her UT credits! She was always a proud Aggie supporter after the move to College Station and wore her Aggie ring with pride for years.
Following graduation, Barbara was an early childhood teacher and the first Director of Project Head Start in the Brazos Valley. She loved working with children in Head Start and was happily employed during the 1970s in the job she loved when grandchildren started arriving in the early 1980s. So many children! She and Phil were blessed with 11 grandchildren – “Cousins, Incorporated”. Phil and Barbara adopted Leslie’s daughter Jessica, making her number five daughter and firstborn granddaughter. The Noe girl count stands at 11, plus 22 great grands, and two great great grands.
To her grandchildren, Barbara Love is known as Mimi, and Mimi loved her grandchildren and would do anything within her power for any of them.
She provided years of fun times over summers and spring breaks for cousins.
Every summer for more than 30 years, with at least 7 grandchildren in tow, Phil and Barbara faithfully attended the Texas Christian Ashram camp in East Texas. Following Phil’s death in 2014, Barbara continued to attend with the assistance of her loving daughter number six, Kristy Stein.
Active in church, Phil and Barbara pursued the Christian faith their entire adult lives. Barbara knew she was saved and had a relationship with Jesus from age six. She would ask everyone she met if they were also in a relationship with Christ.
In College Station, Phil and Barbara attended A&M United Methodist Church, were founding members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, attended Assembly of God, and Grace Bible Church, where Barbara really “rocked it” at church nursery.
Her faithful ministry of making blankets, bibs and burp rags for newborn babies has blessed many families over the years. Barbara made hundreds of these beautiful small things.
Nursing home visits were a weekly outing for Barbara and Phil for many years. They ministered, conducted services with story, scripture and music, and they did it every week in three and four nursing homes. Family, friends and neighbors also know Barbara and Phil were very generous with their lakehouse–The Refuge.
Barbara is predeceased by Phil (May 2014) and survived by daughters Robin and Bryan Gentle (Houston), Nicki and Scott Turman (Austin), Leslie and Kyle Bruce (Frost), Jennifer and David Edgell (Palestine), and Jessica and Danial Steels (College Station), and their numerous offspring.
Jessica and Danial (whom Mom called son) are the very best caregivers that we could ask for. What a blessing they have been, caring for and living with Mom and Dad.
The family wishes to thank Tiffany Brinkman at BCS Angels, and caregivers from V’s Servant Heart for their tender care for Mom. LaVosha Binford, Erin, we appreciate you. Special appreciation to Gabriel and the care team from Traditions Hospice. Thank you for helping us navigate the journey with our beloved Mom.
It would honor Mom–consider making a donation to Texas Christian Ashram.
Texas Christian Ashram
c/o Kevin Jenkins, Treasurer.
2402 Nilelake Ct.
Friendswood, TX 77546.

Interment Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery 3 June 2021 (private)


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  1. Thank you for your love and friendship for me and my family over the last 31 years. You have blessed us with so much light and joy in our lives. I will miss our talks and prayers. Have a dance with Papa Phil and give a hug to my folks.

  2. Where to begin? We came from New York in 1977 and moved in next door. Forever friends, forever neighbors. Save me that mansion next door!!

  3. Love you sweet mama. We miss you here but know you’re in heaven where you’ve yearned to be. God blessed us with you.

  4. May God bless all of you as you grieve with the hope that is in Christ. I remember when your family moved onto our little street in College Station. Later, it was great to cross paths again with Mr. & Mrs. Noe at Southern Oaks Baptist Church when I became a college student pastor. We love you and are praying for God’s grace and peace for all of you!
    Pastor Larry & Ramona Griffith
    Brown Deer Baptist Church
    Brown Deer, Wisconsin

  5. Forever in my heart & I know you’ll be watching over me & my boys I’ve truly have gained a angel gonna miss you Mrs Barbara!

  6. Barbara was like another mother to me and I will miss her beautiful, generous, loving heart on this earth. I’ve known her since summer of 1965 when we were backdoor neighbors at Brackenridge Apartments, also known back then as Married Student Housing. Nicki was my age and became my best friend, and I loved being around her joyously singing family. I will try to describe how generous Barbara and Phil always were, but I may leave something out because the list of gifts and kindnesses is long. First of all, my mom got sick for a month and they were there for us with food and help and encouragement. Later, Barbara must have talked me into taking sewing lessons with Nicki and for that I am eternally grateful. Our adventures in Brackenridge ended when Phil landed a tenured position in the Engineering Department at TAMU, but our love and friendship lived on. Of course Nicki and I embarked on many adventures together in college, but I was blessed to be welcomed to TAMU for graduate school where my “other mother” made me feel welcome. In fact, I was invited to spend a summer there with Nicki and Leslie while Phil and Barbara went on sabbatical. What a blast! Then, when I took a part-time job at a local restaurant and had only a bicycle for transportation, they loaned me a car. Don’t ask me what happened to that poor car, ;-D lol. One of Barbara’s best gifts to me was my Aggie Ring. I was just a poor grad student living on loans and part-time waitressing but Barbara was proud of me and made me so proud of that ring! When I got married in Austin a year after graduation, Phil stunned all when he sang the Lord’s Prayer at my wedding reception with his booming operatic voice. Beautiful memories. Then of course came my babies and Barbara’s uniquely adorable personalized blankets. She didn’t stop with the millennial generation but was determined to make these lovely personalized blankets, bibs and burp rags for all 7 of my own grandchildren. What a genuine spirit of love and sunshine Barbara was and is and always will be! I actually cannot wait to see her in Heaven someday, as I know she’s spreading her innate joy up there. I wonder if she will still be sewing? I hope so. I miss you Barbara but I have Nicki and Scott for now until we meet again. You rock Angel Barbara!!!

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