Published in TBO.com on Apr. 6, 2014
BARBER, Ruth Ann, 67, of Tampa, passed
away peacefully at Kindred Hospital in Tampa on
March 31, 2014, from complications due to kidney
Ruth Ann was born in 1946 in Lorain, Ohio,
and grew up in Evans City, Pennsylvania. In 1963,
she and her family moved to Tampa, in time for
her to graduate from Chamberlain High School
in 1964. In 1964, she accepted a position at FBI Head-quarters in
Washington, D.C., where she stayed until 1967, working in the FBI's
National Security Division and for FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
She returned to Tampa and worked in the Chemistry Department at the
University of South Florida, until she decided to rejoin the FBI in 1969.
She worked in a variety of positions with the FBI until her retirement in
2006,after a cumulative forty years with the FBI, helping protect the
national security of the United States. During her forty years of
dedicated service, she personally met every FBI Director.
Ruth Ann had numerous interests outside work, especially Barry
Manilow and baseball. Ruth Ann helped organize a local Barry Manilow
fan club, and she traveled throughout the country attending concerts, on
several occasions even meeting him personally. She was a long-time fan
of the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays. She said she may
have been the only Tampa resident to have attended two perfect games
at Yankee Stadium, pitched by David Wells on May 17, 1998, and by
David Cone on July 18, 1999. Even though she had to arrive in a
wheelchair the last two years, she never gave up watching Rays games,
in person when she could and the rest on television.
Ruth Ann was predeceased by her parents, Lydia and Bill Barber.
She is survived by a sister, Melissa Barber Nicholson (Tom), and a
brother, Bill Barber (Becky), a beloved aunt, Ruth-Ellen Sands, all of
Tampa, and her FBI family, including long-time friend Van Magers, also
Her family said that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her
name to the National Kidney Foundation or to the charity of your choice.
Final arrangements are being handled by Blount & Curry.
A memorial service will be held at the Blount & Curry Funeral
Home-Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 West Bearss Avenue, Tampa, at 1:00
pm., Tuesday, April 8.
After the service, a reception will be held at the Recreation Hall, Tyrone
Village Mobile Home Park, 13618 North Florida Avenue, Tampa.