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Barbara Ann Firsich

Jan. 27, 1946 -- Dec. 11, 2018


December 20, 2018 | View PDF

Barbara Ann Firsich

Barbara Ann Firsich (Vaughn), of Wasco, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 11, 2018. Barbara was born in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 27, 1946 to John Lewis and Muriel Cleo Vaughn.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers John (Okie) Vaughn, Robert Vaughn and her baby sister Peggy Sue.

Barbara is survived by her sister, Linda and James Braga; her husband, James; daughters Julie and Kevin Bell, Tina and Edwin Shaver, Debbie and Paul Holton and Julie and Jeremy Ryder; sons Steve and Summer Firsich, and Jason and Adriana Firsich; grandkids Kevin and Tiffany Bill; Jeremy and Kami Bell; Jordan, Kindra, Amanda, Jacob and Kyla Knight; Anthony, Olivia Laci, Sheldon, Andrew and Jasmine Trammell; Austin, Brett, Ciara, Alyssa, Carl, David; and Brittany, and Leanna, Richard, Richie and Jacob Ramirez; and 14 great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved. She also had a great many nieces and nephews that she loved.

Barbara married James C. Firsich on July 20, 1985, and they were married for 33 years.

Barbara worked for the State of California with the mentally ill as a psychiatric technician for 42 years and retired in 2011. She worked for the state hospital and for the prison system. She loved being called "mom" by many of the prison staff. She had many, many children.

Barbara and James both have very strong ties to their church, Westside Family Fellowship, and both have forged many very special relationships with many many friends there. A very special thank you to Earl and Geraldine, Tom and Becky, Carl and Kay, Marsha and Chuck, the Wedel family and all of their 4th Street neighbors.

The family thanks everyone who showed their love and support during Barbara's illness. (A shoutout to the church's praise and worship team). We could not have made it through without all of those blessings.


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