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Monday, July 22, 2024




Dolores “Dixie” Monica Barab, 94, passed peacefully on Saturday, June 22, 2024, with her husband, Dick, holding her hand and sharing stories of their life together. She was born in Atlantic City, N.J. on July 10, 1929, to the late Charles Peters Gross and Florence Anastasia Madden Gross.
Dixie graduated Atlantic City High School in 1947. She went to Pierce Business School in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania. On the beach in Atlantic City she met her future husband, Richard Lee Barab; they married in 1954 and settled in Cape May, N.J. in 1958.
She worked with Dick in their Cape May dental office where they practiced dentistry for 33 years. They were always together and had just celebrated 70 years of marriage. Dixie was a busy woman. Besides training dental staff and working with Dick whenever he needed her there, she reared three children, was an active member at Cape May Presbyterian Church, Cape May Women's Club, a past president of Cape May Rotary Anns Service Club, and a charter member of the Cape May Garden Club. Dixie took great pride in showing off her award-winning gardens at their Jefferson Street home. Her sweet little cocker spaniel, Buffy, was her tour guide.
Dixie showed her three children how to live their lives through unconditional love and encouraged them to follow their passion. She was always a phone call away for advice or a day away for a visit.
Shortly after their only grandchild, Sterling, was born, Dixie and Dick built their retirement house in Durham, N.C. to be snowbirds. Dixie takes credit for finding the lot, designing the house, and selling the big house; oh, and giving Sterling her first spanking. A wonderful inspiration, Dixie was now known as Mema and those two were “Besties”. In 2021, they sold their Cape May summer home and became full time residents in Durham.
Dixie is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard L. Barab; sons, John Dwight Barab, Richard L Barab, Jr.; daughter Deborah L. Barab and husband W. Jack McGhee; granddaughter, Sterling Louise Barab Roberts; sister, Jeanne M. Eisele and husband Tom; sister-in-law, Ann Gross. Her wonderful extended family through Jack.
A Private Celebration of Life will be held on her 95th birthday.

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