Obituary: Barbara Enderson

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Barbara Enderson

Barbara Enderson

Barbara Enderson passed from pain into eternal life on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, attended by loved ones after a long battle with cancer.

She was predeceased by son, Christopher Dale Enderson; parents, Edward Marshall and Alma Olive Sykes Marshall; sister, Martha Marshall Mann; and brother, Robert Marshall.

She’s survived by husband, Rex Enderson; daughters, Sonna Marlene (Keith) Robinson and Celeste Marshall (Steve) Carter; grandsons, Joseph Edward Robinson and Christopher Joseph Viola; niece, Jerri (David) DeMarco; grandnieces, Laura (Matt) Troconis and Anna DeMarco; great-grandniece, Graciela Marie Troconis; and many other extended family.

Barbara grew up in Paris, the youngest child of her highly regarded barber father and homemaker mother, who were pillars of Trinity Methodist Church. After meeting her high school sweetheart, Rex, at the local roller rink, he asked her father for her hand in marriage, and they were wed on May 15, 1953.

Two years later, they welcomed their first baby girl, leading to Barbara’s first and forever job as a doting mom. After later weathering the death of their infant son, they moved to East Nashville, where Rex took a job with Lever Brothers, and Barbara continued raising their daughter, Sonna. 

Later moving to the Hillwood area, they welcomed another daughter, Celeste. In the early 70s, they moved to Brentwood, first in Carondelet, then on Franklin Road and a succession of other homes in the city, and maintained membership in Brentwood United Methodist Church.

In Brentwood, as her daughters grew up, Barbara bought and ran the Brentwood Flower Shop with occasional help from her husband and daughters and a growing circle of treasured employees who invariably became close friends. For delivery drivers, she always preferred off-duty Brentwood firefighters, who were always strong, careful, polite and knowledgeable of the city.

Eventually selling the shop to one of those treasured employees in the 80s, she couldn’t sit still. Barbara took a job at the Boardroom of Brentwood, later rising to general manager of the business.

When not working, she tirelessly and graciously hosted family and friends and gave generously her time helping her eldest daughter care for her first “angel boy” grandchild. She equally treasured her second grandson when he finally came along 16 years later. Meanwhile, she also became a second mom and beloved aunt to her sister’s daughter and sweet granddaughters.

In recent years, she and Rex moved to the Del Webb community in Mt. Juliet, where she, of course, made new great friends, and they joined the Vineyard Sunday School Class at Grace United Methodist Church, who are honorary pallbearers.

She was a gifted pianist and loved crochet, music, celebrations and travel, whenever she could squeeze them in with her beloved family. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, at 9010 Church Street in Brentwood, will host visitation on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 2-4 p.m., and again Monday, Feb. 17, from 10-11 a.m., followed by a celebration of life at 11 a.m., with family-only interment afterwards at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

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