Barbara B. Conaway, 68, former teacher who embraced motherhood

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Barbara B. Conaway passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with liver cancer.

Barbara was born in Philadelphia and had a wonderful childhood traveling all around the country as part of a military family. After high school, she attended an all-girls college in Missouri and received a degree in elementary education.

She moved back to reside in Virginia Beach and taught school before meeting Dr. Conaway, a doctor at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, who she fell in love with and married April 28, 1973. After traveling together while he finished his military commitments, they finally decided to settle in Virginia Beach and open up his practice. Soon after that, Barbara and Don added the ‘pitter patter of little feet’ to their family, Jennifer and Christopher, and life was complete.

She was preceded in death by her parents, U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Beaver and Jane Beaver; and brother, Craig; and uncle, Jim Beaver.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Don; daughter, Jennifer; son Christopher; brother-in-law, Fritz Conaway (Bonnie) of Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Jane Conaway of Pennsylvania; niece, Beth Hanzes (Greg) of Pennsylvania; nephew, Eric Conaway (Jessica) of Florida; four great-nephews, Ryan, Aaron, Cole and Luke; cousin, Dee Ann Kaufman (Dave) of South Carolina; aunt, Mackie Beaver; and cousins, Mary and Clay.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. A reception will follow at the Princess Anne Country Club at 3 p.m., which Barbara would love you to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Barbara loved and appreciated all the love and kindness of all the friends and family who cared for and supported her, including the care of Dr. Martin O’Grady and Dr. Celeste Bremer and their wonderful office staff. Also, many thanks to Heartland Home Health and Hospice and their wonderful nurses and aides who took care of her. Barbara will always be in our hearts and never forgotten. We love you.

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