Barbara Pendergrass

June 01, 1930 ‒ February 09, 2018

Florence, Kentucky

FLORENCE, KY:  Barbara Pendergrass’ role as a pastor’s wife was not her job or a Sunday routine – it was her privilege to be chosen and used by the Lord to serve His people and spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her wisdom, steeped in Biblical knowledge, was a comforting and guiding force to individuals and Christian Churches. Serving the Lord and serving her family made for a complete and blessed life.

Barbara passed into the Lord’s care Friday morning February 9, 2018 from her daughter’s home in Florence, Kentucky. She was 87.

Born Barbara Jean Griffin June 1, 1930 in Hollywood, California, to Robert and Dorothy (Snyder) Griffin, she was graduated from Inglewood (CA) High School, and earned her Bachelors degree from Pacific Bible Seminary in Long Beach, CA.

It was there at Pacific Bible Seminary that she met Thomas M. Pendergrass, and the two were married December 15, 1951.

Through four decades, Barbara ministered alongside Tom, who served as pastor to Churches of Christ and Christian Churches in the Western U.S. As pastor’s wife, Barbara co-labored with Tom as a team: loving people, counseling, and making a difference for the cause for Christ. It was her authentic and genuine love for people that was so attractive, and drew people to their ministry.

The Lord led them to pastorates in Pomona, CA, Tucumcari, NM, Oceanside, CA, Albuquerque, NM, Bellflower, CA, Goleta, CA, Portales, NM, Canyonville, OR, and Florence, KY.

In later years, Barbara, nicknamed “Nana” by her grandchildren, enjoyed sewing, and dedicated the time to make clothing for her grandchildren as well as, hundreds of pieces for children in orphanages around the world. She was a member of First Church of Christ, Burlington, Kentucky.

Her family that enjoyed her unconditional love and support include her son Marvin (Mary) Pendergrass of Albuquerque, NM; her daughter Paula (David) Babik of Florence, KY; grandchildren Jennifer (Chris) Condit, Holly (Chris) Colson, Amanda (P.D.) Stoddard, Stephen (Megan) Babik, Sharon (Tadd) Foley, and Deborah Babik; great grandchildren Mykayla Condit, Brianna Condit, Ben Colson, Hailey Colson, Lilly Stoddard, Finley Stoddard, Logan Babik,  Zoe Babik, Dominic Foley, and Lacey Foley; a sister Evelyn (David) Brown in Anaheim, CA; and nephews Bob (Sheila) Brown, Jack (Brenda) Brown, and Bennett (Alicia) Brown.

Her beloved Tom preceded her into the Lord’s care August 19, 2010.

A funeral service will be held at her graveside,  Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Grape Grove Cemetery, near Jamestown, Ohio. Pastor Monte Smith will officiate, to commit her unto the day of resurrection. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Snyder Funeral Home, Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio.

Reflecting her generous heart, and in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Master Provisions (, Hope International University (formerly Pacific Christian College or to the medical assistance of dear friend Linda Hicks (

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  • Bless you nana I was lucky to have met you thanks for all your work you have done for Gods Kingdom an everyone you will be truely miss

  • I am very blessed to have met such a sweet sister in the Lord You have such a beautiful smile you will be missed dearly Until that glorious day we shall all meet again I know you are rejoicing with our Lord Jesus

  • I appreciate her giftedness as a seamstress. I enjoyed sewing along beside her and delivering suitcases full of clothes to children in Ukraine. She was always thinking about others and furthering God’s Kingdom on earth. In her later days, I was amazed at her memory of hymns and Christmas carols. It was a privilege to share in singing these with her!

  • What a sweet lady she was! I’m glad I met her at First Church with her daughter,Paula. I know she’ll be missed by her big family. God has gained another angel to his kingdom.

  • We cherish the many memories that were made as we worked together with Barbara and Tom, serving MASTER Provisions. For years they opened their home to the ministry and all the people it brought through their doors. There were fun trips to conventions; we always made some new friends from their past. Barbara was a faithful servant of The Lord, along with her dear husband, Tom. We are thankful for having had the opportunity to know them both. May each one who loves her hold Jesus’ hand as He walks you through the pain of separation anxiety, while you grieve. She blessed many lives during her time of this Earth.

  • What a neat couple Tom and Barbara were! I had the chance to learn from Tom in our Thursday Morning study group for several years. And enjoyed seeing Barbara and Paula at our Sunday evening Trio services over the last few months. She seemed to really enjoy the music. Paula my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.