Barbara “Barb” Tinsley was passionate about her faith and her family.
“Her faith was strong,” daughter Tina Tinsley said. “She believed that no matter what life threw at you, if you have God in your life you will make it.”
Daughter Geneva Webb said Tinsley thought her children could do no wrong.
“What made her amazing is that she loved everyone,” Webb said. “She had the best hugs ever.”
Theresa Caldwell said her grandmother was always there for anybody who needed a hug.
“She taught me self-discipline,” Caldwell said. “Grandma told me to always smile and turn the other cheek. Grandma knew that fighting was never the answer and helped me realize the bigger person is the one who walks away. She's my guardian angel.”
Tina Tinsley said her mother was never pretentious.
“She taught me how to roll with change, showed me how life was not easy but that wasn’t a reason to treat others with disrespect,” Tina Tinsley said.
Tinsley, 65, of Cedar Lake, met her husband Larry in Chicago.
“Mom was a waitress at one of dad’s favorite hangouts,” Tina Tinsley said. “He would come in with one of his ‘girlfriends’ and my mom would run them off and say ‘He’s my boyfriend.’”
The Tinsley’s, married 48 years, were inseparable co-pilots in life, sharing coffee every morning no matter what.
“Whatever activities they did they did together,” Tina Tinsley said.
The couple raised six children on very little.
“Yet, we always seemed to have enough,” Tinsley said.
Tinsley worked at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in environmental services in the surgery department. After retiring she worked alongside her husband caring for Holy Name Church.
“I don’t remember how many years ago it was but my daughter Theresa taught my mother to text,” Tina Tinsley said. “She would send everyone positive texts weekly if not daily. I miss my mother’s laugh. She had such a beautiful smile.”