Viewing is Monday July 15, 2013 from 1PM until 8PM at the Stinson Northwest Chapel located 16540 Meyers Road at the John Lodge Fwy.
Funeral Service will be Tuesday July 16, 2013 in the Stinson Funeral Home Chapel at 11AM. Family Hour is 10:30AM.
Interment: Elmwood Cemetery
Barbara Stoutermire (Bean) who peacefully transitioned this earthly life on July 7, 2013, was born on August 16, 1944 in Selma, Alabama to Fletcher Stoutermire and Girlie Mae Stevenson. She was the youngest of three sisters, Mary Ann Olverson, preceded her in death. As a child, her nickname was Bean, short for "String Bean" because of her skinny frame. The family later moved to Detroit, MI to provide better opportunities for the family.
Barbara's educational journey began within the halls of Wilbur Wright High School, After graduating with honors, she attended Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. After brginning this profession and having a passion for helping others, she decided to continue her education journey by receiving a Batchelor's Degree in Health Science frome Wayne State University. A master's of Public Health (MPH) from University of Michigan and was a PhD candidate at, Wayne State University majoring in Sociology.
On December 21, 1973, she gave birth to her one and only son Roderich who was the joy of her life.
Her professional career in Nursing included many areas: ER Nurse, at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Public Health Nurse at The Detroit Health Department, Nurse Education Consultant at University of Michigan, Nurse Educator at Department of Veterans Affairs; Allen Park and Detroit, MI. Upon leaving education, she began working in outpatient clinics (FIRM B) and continued their until her untimely death.
Barbara was a dreamer and decided to find opportunities to work to improve the lives of others. She advocated for people who were having problems in the work place, the community, etc... when called on no matter what their race, religion, or creed was. She attended Little Rock Baptist Church and served in several auxiliaries including being elected as the "Treasure for the church, In addition, she proudly served her community and worked Coleman Young's mayorial campaign. He ws elected mayor of Detroit in 1973, which really excited Barbara due to the hard work and long hours she worked on the campaign. Barbara was a huge fan of cinema, she and her son would watcha movie every night while having dinner. She was especially fond of action films.
Barbara leaves to cherish her memory: a devoted son, Roderick (Rod) Valentine of West Bloomfield, MI; one sister Shelteney Nash of Detroit, MI; one brother-in-law, George Olverson, Sr. of atlanta, GA; one aunt Ruby Stoutermire of Chattanooga, TN; nephews, Derrick Nash of Topeka, KS, Drake Nash of Atlanta, GA, Rodney Lee of Atlanta, GA, George Olverson, Jr. pf Atlanta GA, David Shelton of Cincinnati, OH and Shermainn Lee of Jackson, FL; and a host colleahues and friends.