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Molly Parks

Barb Birkhead

January 29, 1923 - November 18, 2021

Welcome! Our family created this page to celebrate the life of Barb Birkhead. Because of Covid and the cold weather, we have decided to forgo an in-person service, so we would love to hear your stories and memories of Barb here. Please click on the heart to let us know you were here and to receive email...  see more

Barb was a veteran public school teacher, an activist, an adventurer, a lover of the outdoors, and an extrovert who enjoyed nothing more than meeting new people.   She was a loyal friend to many and wife of the late Kenneth Birkhead. She is survived by her son Scott Birkhead and his wife, Patrica Birkhead. Her son David Birkhead and wife Kathy Stanford. Her grandchildren, Sara Birkhead, Lauren Birkhead and partner Melissa George,...  see more
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    Barb was the irresistible force, or maybe a relative of the energizer bunny. For most of her life she was intense! Intensely active, intensely interested (and interesting), intensely involved. She had to be 65-70 (?) and still going on camping trips,...  more
  • Lula & Juanita  Jenkins
  • Bill Yaeger
    Barb was my fifth grade teacher in Falls Church, Virginia. That was the year my father died, 1960, a horrible year. Barb aways had the right things to do and say, and as a neighbor, she and her family were very supportive to me, my mother and sisters. ...  more
  • Bill Yaeger
  • Tom Campbell
    They don't make 'em like Barb any more! She was spunk and sparkle and special. She brightened my day every time I saw her.
  • Mark Belwood
  • Gretchen Cooley
  • Amelia Hube
    I enjoyed Barb each time I got to see her, which was most often in the early days of setting up Molly's and my office building over a decade ago. She was a bright spirit and I thought highly of her. Thinking of you all with love.
  • Amelia Hube
  • Steve Schewel
    The list of Barb's activities don't include the day she got arrested with 18 of us "youngsters" for sitting in at CP&L corporate headquarters in Raleigh in an anti-nuke demonstration in the wake of the Three Mile Island explosion. I will...  more
    • Steve Schewel
      Molly Parks Yes, Steve! This is one of my favorite pictures of her of all time. I have it tucked away and will try and scan and most it here. Thank you for these memories
      • December 1, 2021
  • Mark Pinsky
    Barb was an inspiration to me, from the time when she opened the Birkhead house in Va. to Duke anti-war demonstrators in the '60s, although Ken was then in the LBJ administration. And later when she included me one Christmas with their family. Over the...  more
    • Mark Pinsky
      Molly Parks Mark, thank you so much for sharing these memories! I know how much she valued your relationship
      • December 1, 2021
  • Elizabeth Hodgson
    My favorite days to visit P & A’s preschool classroom was when Barb was there. She was my kind of woman…a goal for myself as I get grayer and more bawdy. It was impossible to watch her in action with a frown on your face, as her personality was so...  more
  • Mark Russell
    I met Barb only in the last five years, but was able to be with her quite a bit over that time. In every setting she was in she stood out. And she redefined my conception of senescence. I am thankful for every moment that my children got to be with Barb...  more
  • Molly Parks
  • Molly Parks