Barbara Ann (Fleming) Marsh, 86, of Thousand Oaks, California, died unexpectedly on Friday (Dec. 23, 2016).
Throughout her life, she was a vibrant member of the community, an avid astronomy enthusiast and deeply interested in current events, modern technology and genealogy. Barbara was a devoted church member, friend, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose memory will be cherished by many.
A 10th-generation West Virginian, she was the daughter of Fred and Hazel Fleming. Barbara was born on July 4, 1930, and raised in the small coal mining town of Monongah where her family has lived on Fleming Hill since the early 1800s. Hailing from this close-knit community (population 1,000), Barbara maintained ties with family and friends from Monongah throughout her lifetime. The town offered an idyllic childhood: the family homestead on Fleming Hill with ducks, chickens, a pony and the creek out back. Barbara will be buried holding a tiny bottle of Fleming Hill soil, a memento of the beloved hamlet she called home, even after decades on the West Coast.
Barbara and her family moved to California in the early 1950s and to Thousand Oaks in 1959. From 1964 until her retirement in 2012, Barbara served the Conejo Valley community, first as a real estate agent and then as a broker. A pioneer of sorts, Barbara was among the first women real estate professionals in the area. She began her career at Jim Morris Realty then opened her own real estate firm, Marsh/Deseret Realty, and was an agent with Brown Realty and Prudential over the years. She was repeatedly honored for her achievements and served as director of the Association of Realtors. Barbara was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) for over half a century and was one of the first congregation members in the Conejo Valley. During that time, she held several callings, including scheduling events, librarian and Temple work. Barbara worshipped and served alongside generations.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Eugene Marsh; her daughter, Rebecca Sue Marsh; her brother, Fred Fleming; as well as her parents, Fred D. Fleming and Hazel R. Cleavenger Fleming. Barbara is survived by her sons, Lance Douglas Marsh (wife, Marilee); Kevin Marsh (wife, Mary); her brother David Fleming (wife, Susie); her four grandchildren, Michael Marsh, Katie Marsh Lavallee, Shauna Marsh and Eric Marsh; five great-grandchildren, Haylee, LilleeKate and T.J. Lavallee and Mackenzie and Kimberly Marsh.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), located at 35 South Wendy Road, Newbury Park, California 91320. A graveside burial service will immediately follow, at noon at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, 5600 Lindero Road, Westlake Village, California.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties (in the name of Barbara's daughter, Rebecca Sue Marsh), 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Suite F, Camarillo, California 93012. 805-676-9474. www.tri-counties.wish.org.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Conejo Mountain Funeral Home.
Published on December 27, 2016