Barbara Jean Huynh, 53, formerly of Towanda, passed away at her home in Harrisburg, PA on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. She was born on March 21, 1959, daughter of Violet Koser and the late Guy E. Pardoe, Sr.
Barbara was a 1977 graduate of Towanda Area High School and a 1979 graduate of the Central Penn College in Summerdale, PA. She married the love of her life, AVan Huynh on April 28, 1979. She worked for DuPont for several years and then took a job working for PennDOT and ended her career with PennDOT in the accounting department. Barbara, as her co-workers would tell you, was a joy to be around, a good worker, and kept an upbeat attitude, and could not stand stupidity. She was a member of the Lt. Asa Stevens Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 1999, she was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension in which she was told her life span would be three to five years, if she was lucky. She was allergic to the medicine and she told the doctor, I am your challenge and I have no intention of dying. So what are we going to do about it? A team of doctors came up with a solution, and with using the Hickman Catheter 24/7, she was able to live a normal life for the next 13 years. She had two things going for her, her optimistic attitude and her zest for life. Her greatest challenge was two years ago when she became a diabetic. She enjoyed life and she lived for her grandchildren.
Surviving is her husband, AVan Huynh of Harrisburg; two children, son, Jared of East Boston, MA and daughter, Mai- Lynh (Jeff) Cross of Williamsburg, VA; her grandchildren, Savannah, Kaleigh, Maddox and Camden Cross; mother, Violet Koser of Macedonia; sister, Sandra Rodriguez of Phoenix, AZ; brothers, Guy (Alena) Pardoe of Lebanon, NH and James (Danielle) Pardoe of Standing Stone. She has numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Barbara was predeceased by her father, Guy E. Pardoe, Sr. on Jan. 15, 2010; stepfather, John Koser on Feb. 13, 2008; brother, Michael, Aug. 23, 1994; grandparents, Guy French on July 22, 1979 and Alice French on Dec. 24, 1999, both of Standing Stone; Edith Pardoe on Feb. 7, 1971 and Grant Pardoe on Aug. 13, 1997 of Towanda.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 at the Jesse H. Geigle Funeral Home, Inc. at 2100 Linglestown Road in Harrisburg at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10 to 11. Interment will be in the Shoop’s Cemetery Garden of Rest in Harrisburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. Online donations can be made at http://www.joslin.org/giving/ memorial_ gifts.html.