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Barbara Buckley


Barbara Anne Poorman was born on May 24th 1933 in Dayton, Ohio.  She is a descendant of a family line of Poorman's  who served America dating back to the Revolutionary War and to include the War of 1812 and The Civil War.  Barbara was the eldest of 3 siblings, Roberta, Marylin, Bob. She graduated from Butler High School in Vadalia , Ohio in 1951.  In 1952 the family moved to Miami, Florida. She joined The First Presbyterian Youth Group. What she didn't know was that an Englishman who just immigrated to Miami,and  was singing on Cruise Ships off The Port Of Miami had also joined the group. It was at a dance where Barbara met Alan Buckley.  They were married 4 months  later on November  26th 1960. Starting there new lives in Palm Springs North ,Florida a new  housing development of single family homes .  In 1963  the newlyweds  purchased there property and during Barbara's pregnancy 8240 N.W.172nd Street later to be titled "Buckleyham Palace".  On December 18th 1963 she gave birth to there 1st Daughter Sylvia  Anne.  On July 9th 1966  she gave birth to there 2nd Daughter Diane Rose. Barbara was a Legal Secretary in Downtown Miami. When it was time for her children to go to school she worked in the School Cafeteria so she could be home with her children in the afternoon.  She was part of the PTA  and was involved in making  events at the Elementary School a success.  Including the Halloween Carnival and Costume Parade where every year Barbara would make her Daughters Costumes without a pattern. ALWAYS making that time of year full of  happy memories for her Daughters. From 1971-1978, Barbara was a dedicated Brownie and Girl Scout Leader for Troop 672, so she could be not only a part of her daughters success in girl scouting but all the  other young girls in Palm Springs North, it included many camping trips, meetings,and ceremonies.  Once her daughters moved to Junior and Senior High she became the Church Secretary at Sunrise Presbyterian Church. In their spare time  the Buckley family volunteered for The Hialeah Miami Lakes Community Theater  where Barbara made the Costumes and her Husband and daughter Diane performed on stage, while her daughter Sylvia did Props. November 26th 1985  Barbara and Alan celebrated their 25th Anniversary. In 1990 Barbara and Alan decided to move to Kissimmee, Florida to start a new chapter in heir life.  Alan got a job as "King Henry" at King Henry's Feast a dinner show,and Barbara got a job as a Secretary at Kissimmee St Cloud Visitors Bureau updating the tourist map of the infamous 192 in the late 80's through the year 2000  when she retired after losing Alan to Alzheimer's on June 21st 2000.  From that day forward Barbara threw herself into volunteer work once again giving of herself and her talent.  She committed herself to 16 years at "Give Kids The World"  ( for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The resort's focus is providing accommodations and access to donated theme park tickets.)

She volunteered at St. Cloud Presbyterian Church "Food Pantry" and "Thrift Store".  She did a lot of traveling and she came out west to see  her children, "Sylvia", Jorge, Taylor and Ian Cayro  and "Diane",  Brett, Lynnette, Nicole, and Melinda Brinkley.  Barbara enjoyed every single moment of being a "Grandma" and she loved her grandchildren  and everything they did.  Unfortunately Barbara had been diagnosed with Dementia,and within 2 years it had taken her memory  and her ability to function . I am very grateful that she never felt any pain during her Dementia. We will cherish and remember ALL the wonderful things she did for her Daughters, and Grandchildren.  She had a lot to give and never thought about herself, she ALWAYS ran Diane and I to Acting Lessons, Ballet and Ceramics Classes, she  would bake up a homemade batch of cookies or cupcakes at the last minute, because we forgot to tell her of a function we had the next day.  She also made our themed birthday parties super fun, and she would be in charge of helping us get  refrigerator boxes and put an ad in the neighborhood paper for our "Haunted  House" that we set up in the back yard every year  at Halloween.  Barbara's favorite flower were Daisies.   Barbara journey on Earth is coming slowly to an end, she'll rejoin Alan soon .
Barbara is survived by her daughters, Sylvia Cayro and Diane Brinkley. Her Grandchildren, Taylor Cayro, Lynnette Brinkley , Nicole Brinkley , Ian Cayro , and Melinda Brinkley.

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