Well-known Permian Playhouse actress, singer, director, teacher and fundraiser Barbara Iglehart, finished her life as she lived it, with courage and class, at Baylor University Medical Center, T. Boone Pickens Cancer Treatment Center after a valiant struggle with lymphoma.
Barbara was born in Weslaco, Texas, to Susan Freeman Manis and Laurence T. Manis.
Grandparents were Sarah Clack and James Howell Manis, Cooie Hackett Freeman and Richard H. Freeman.
Barbara attended Stephen F. Austin Elementary School where she skipped second grade. At the Weslaco High School she excelled in writing and art. There she was president of the senior class, a cheerleader, and valedictorian. Barbara graduated from Southwest Texas State College with a degree in English and a minor in Education.
She married Hilary Iglehart shortly after graduation. She taught English in Taft, Buda, and Odessa. Barbara also lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Ozona, Texas.
Barbara’s family included her sister, Bette, and brother-in-law, Harry Orwig, of Bartow, Fla.; daughters, Cori Webb of Austin, and Amy Harris (Brett) of San Diego, Calif.; son, Tom Iglehart of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; grandchildren, Anthony, Nicole, Tommy, Haley, Dawson, Savannah, Colin, and Grandy; “adopted” siblings D’Alice Belanger of Odessa and Larry Carter of Dallas.
Barbara loved family, friends, travel, books, church, theater, and her dog, Sandy. Her favorite theater role was Auntie Mame in “Mame” which she started work on two weeks after giving birth to her third child. Barbara taught English for 25 years and continued to substitute until fall 2013. Barbara also took college classes in art and guidance in Odessa. She attended First Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed Sunday School, church, and book club with many dear friends.
Barbara happily helped her friend Elaine Hunt edit her autobiographical manuscript. In retirement Barbara helped the sick and elderly by taking them to the doctor, running errands, mowing yards, making visits, and feeding pets. Last year she gave her beautiful brown hair to Locks of Love.
She traveled frequently all her life to various places like Canada, Mexico, and many states in the South and West. Barbara especially loved Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, where she climbed Wheeler Peak with her daughters. Her other favorite was New York City because of the Broadway shows and art museums she loved so much.
There is a brand new angel in heaven.
Thank you to everyone who offered prayers for Barbara.