ForeverMissed

Barbara Ann Leeper, née Schmidt, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, died on Friday, May 21st in Prescott Valley, AZ. Barbara was 74.


Deeply caring and compassionate, Barbara dedicated her life to giving joy to others. 


Barbara graduated from Marshall High School in Cleveland, OH, in 1965. She attended her senior prom with Robert Leeper —  he would become her husband and life-long love. Barbara went on to study at St. Alexis School of Nursing and Cleveland State.


After marrying Robert on May 18, 1968, Barbara devoted herself to being a mother and Navy spouse. She and Robert set up homes in Argencia Newfoundland, Brunswick, Maine, Millington,Tennessee, and settled in St. Mary’s county MD for twenty four years, where they would raise their two daughters. While in St. Mary’s, Barbara was an avid volunteer with St. George’s church, the Girl Scouts and the St. Mary’s County Schools. Barbara worked as an operator and systems analyst on Pax River Naval Air Station and Dahlgren Va. for 15 years providing software testing and training for a U.S. Navy intelligence community with sites around the world.


Barbara and Robert continued their great adventure, moving to Kapolei, Hawaii in 1995. Barbara became a caregiver for her mother, Frances Schmidt, and disabled brother, Robert Schmidt. Seeing an opportunity to bring smiles to the facilities that supported her brother, she joined a clown club in Honolulu, and trained as a clown. As “Bleepers the Clown”, she visited nursing homes and participated in local events and parades. Robert and Barbara were members of Makakilo Baptist church, and she volunteered as a Children’s Sunday school teacher for many years.


Moving to Arizona in 2015, Barbara became a Deacon at Christ Presbyterian Church in Goodyear, Arizona.


Over the years Barbara enjoyed friends, laughter,  music, tennis, beach walks, many family pets, sailing, snorkeling, motorcycling, traveling, and most recently, horseback riding.


Barbara was a deeply caring and loving soul and always had a smile for people she met.


Barbara and Robert celebrated their fifty-third anniversary on May 18, a celebration of many adventures and growing-up and old together. 


Barbara is survived by husband Robert, daughters AnnMarie Leeper and Christina Leeper Goebel (Park Allen), and granddaughters Augustine Goebel, Makenzie Allen and Delaney Allen.


In remembrance of Barbara’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to The Alzheimer's Association.

The family is planning a memorial and celebration of life in Hawaii in January 2022. We spent much of our adult lives in Hawaii, and have many friends and memories of our time in the islands. Details will be provided at a later date



Posted by Tim Hoffman on June 8, 2021
Cindy and I are so sorry for you and your families loss. God bless you and be with you during your time of need. Our prayers will be with you all.
Posted by Liz Reisman on June 4, 2021
I am saddened by Barbara's passing. We were neighbors to Barbara and Bob when they lived in Maryland. Barbara was a good friend and a wonderful wife and mother. She had a heart of gold and took care of every stray animal that was dropped off on our road. She always had that beautiful smile and calm voice which I will always remember. My most sincere sympathy to Bob, Ann, Cristi and the grandchildren. Savor all those wonderful memories you made over your lifetime with Barbara and know that she will always be a part of you.
Posted by John August on June 1, 2021
Although Alzheimer's may of taken her mind there is one thing I'm sure she never forgot...that was to love all whom she encountered.
With blessings on her family,
Posted by Ken and Jill Reinstadler on June 1, 2021
Barbara and Bob have been our neighbors for just a couple years, but Barbara always greeted us with a warm smile and kind words. I know she and Bob were very much in love, regardless of the passing years - a tribute to their relationship. She will be missed. Our prayers are with you Bob, and your children.
Posted by Rob Roberts on May 31, 2021
I remember Barb and Rob with deep affection. I spent many happy hours with them riding our motorcycles, sailing, and just hanging out. Like Jim Franklin noted, her laugh was so infectious one could not help joining in.
Fair winds and following seas are my wish for her family and friends.
She and Robert will be missed by many.
Another dear friend now gone. As I get older I realize that my remaining friends are becoming fewer and that is so sad.
Posted by Kathy Conrad on May 31, 2021
"You are the sun and my moon and all of my stars."
"I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)".
EE Cummings
Posted by Jim Franklin on May 31, 2021
I'll always remember Barb's infectious laugh. It made us laugh even harder at a funny moment. Barb was a gentle soul with a huge funny bone. She had that clowning spirit that we all loved. Now I have one more person to remember on Memorial Day. Safe travels Barb.
Posted by Ann Leeper on May 31, 2021
There are no words to describe how much I miss my mom. The best mother a child could ask for. So giving, caring, and supportive. Her smile and laughter will live on. One of a kind as we all are but truly special. She did all she could to keep us happy. Always there and I’m sure still is. Love and miss you so much mom! Forever in my heart until we meet again. Until then i’ll be picturing you hooping and hollering it up with all our friends and family!

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Posted by Tim Hoffman on June 8, 2021
Cindy and I are so sorry for you and your families loss. God bless you and be with you during your time of need. Our prayers will be with you all.
Posted by Liz Reisman on June 4, 2021
I am saddened by Barbara's passing. We were neighbors to Barbara and Bob when they lived in Maryland. Barbara was a good friend and a wonderful wife and mother. She had a heart of gold and took care of every stray animal that was dropped off on our road. She always had that beautiful smile and calm voice which I will always remember. My most sincere sympathy to Bob, Ann, Cristi and the grandchildren. Savor all those wonderful memories you made over your lifetime with Barbara and know that she will always be a part of you.
Posted by John August on June 1, 2021
Although Alzheimer's may of taken her mind there is one thing I'm sure she never forgot...that was to love all whom she encountered.
With blessings on her family,
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Shared by Teresa Leeper on May 31, 2021
Barb always had a smile for everyone. She lived her life for her husband and children. She was always there to help anyone who needed her. She loved being a clown and bringing smiles to people’s face. She will be greatly missed.