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Barbara L. Olar, age 66, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on January 20, 2020. Born to parents Gloria and Warren Burke on August 4, 1953 in Elmhurst, IL.
Barb was in the hospitality business as a bartender, restaurant manager and event planner. She loved people and made many friends within her profession. She loved the outdoors, spending time hiking to waterfalls, going to the beach and playing with her grandkids were some of her favorite past times.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Gloria and Warren Burke; her dog Oscar and her beloved cat, Izzy.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Dan Olar; daughters, Landis McDannold (Eddie) and Ginger Hager (Brett); son, Jonathon Olar (Karmen); and grandchildren, J.C., Lance, Zain, Zander, Bailee, Callie and David.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, 1762 Clifton Road, N.E., Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322
A memorial service is scheduled from 1pm to 4 pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Vines Mansion, 3500 Oak Grove Road, SW, Loganville, GA 30052.
The family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 3570 Buford Hwy #202, Duluth, GA 30096 www.GeorgiaCremation.com
Janet Fosco says
Sending prayers and love, as always. A tough time for all. Barb was one of the best, hanging with her since 8th grade. She was much nicer than me, even though we were born 3 days apart, we’re Leo’s. She was much more patient, kind and understanding than me! Barb was the level headed one and I could make her laugh her butt off with the things I would do or say because she never would do or say what I was thinking, but always game!
We walked everywhere before we could drive, the York pool, Uptown Elmhurst to Chris’s Head Shop, Jenny’s after school. Then we got wheels, I would pick Barb up, get the racing form for my dad so we could have the car. Her Dad drove a Lincoln Continental so we Rarely got that car!
She picked a wonderful man, Dan the Man, to marry, so she was even a better picker than me. She loved her children, Landis and Jon with all her might, that we would tie with each other! Her grand babies were a constant source of love and joy.
She moved to Georgia but we visited each other often and yakked on the phone for hours. I will never forget her. My she Rest In Peace and in our hearts.
Suzanne Daniels says
I am very saddened that my sister, Barbie. lost her 11 year battle with the “cur-sed” breast cancer! It was a subject we talked about often. Barb’s and Dan’s house was always my “rest stop” on my trips to and from Florida to Chicago and Wisconsin. Visits were always good and full of laughs. Last November 2018 we shared an “early Thanksgiving” in Lawrenceville and our brother, Terry, and his wife, Peggy, drove down, as did our sister, Bonnie, and her husband, George, as we thought it might be her last Thanksgiving. As luck would have it, she and Dan made the drive down this past Thanksgiving, stayed with me for a few days, and shared a great feast at my daughter’s house!! We served 18 people that day and felt so fortunate to have Dan and Barb at the table. That was the last time I saw her and she looked fabulous considering how very ill she was and that is how I choose to remember her, along with other good memories. Barbie, your pain and suffering is finally over! You kicked ass for a long time. Be peaceful and tell Mom and Dad I said “hello”! Peace & Love..
Christine Ficklin says
We have just lost an absolute sweetheart in this earthly life, however, God has gained a heavenly angel.
Barb and I formed an instant bond. We shared stories about our grandchildren, our travels and believe it or not, we were both fans of American Idol while it was on TV. We shared so many laughs. Barb was one of those people you meet that are truly genuine.
I considered her my friend. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her at least 11 years. I miss her dearly.
My condolences to her family. God has called her home. She is at peace.
John and Pam Gibb says
We will surely miss Barb. She started with us as a bartender at Little Gardens Restaurant and became a key manager. Barb was always a fun person to be with. Both of my children, Jock and Denise worked at Little Gardens and truly loved Barb. Pam remembers how much Barb enjoyed our Granddaughter, Baily, when Pam would bring her work in let her play in her play pin. And I remember how much she enjoyed concocting special ice cream drinks for me. It was hilarious he when I asked her to make me a Merlot Float and pretended that I liked it. She said, “please don’t ask me to put that on her drink menu”
Barb was joy at Vines Mansion too. Her warm, genuine, and caring personality was infectious. She was loved by her fellow employees and clients. Pam and I cherished Barb more as member of our family than an employee. We will cherish the memories we share of Barb.
Sarah (Wellborn) Rickman says
Sending all my love to the Olar family. She was always the absolute most welcoming when me and Jon were kids. Praying for you all during this difficult time.
Sue Van Ewyk says
So sorry to hear this sad news. I was in school with Barb, and always admired her. I moved to The Atlanta area too and in my travels over to her side of the Atlanta Burbs, I would think of her and wonder how she was doing. May she rest in piece. Prays for her family and friends.
Susan chapman says
I knew Barb from high school. Beautiful girl, beautiful spirit. Rest In Peace.
Robert Daniels says
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and friends.
Ruth Oster says
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Sending our love and prayers for comfort and peace.
vines Mansion staff says
Barb will be missed by each and everyone of us. Through the years of working together we have shared both good and bad times with each other. We laughed so hard some days that we could not stop crying, but they are times we will never forget. Although Barb has not been in the office for a year, her desk still remains the same (Barbs Desk). Barb touched the hearts of many of our brides and other clients. Many of them have expressed concern over the past couple of years and have reached out checking in on her.
Our hearts go out to the family, knowing the loss they are going through. The memories that we have with Barb will always warm our hearts and bring a smile to our face.
We love you Barbie girl
Pam, Christa, Ricky and Ray
SUSAN Olar says
Missing you more than words can express Barbara Burke Olar!! My beautiful sister in-law, only 66 years old, lost her battle after 12 long years of Breast Cancer. For 43 years I have been blessed to know and love you. I always had the best time when I would visit you and Danny in Atlanta. We would stay up as late as we could laughing till we were exhausted. Your heart was so beautiful just like you!! York High School Class of 1971. I miss you Barbara and will see you one day. My brother will be lost without you. 💔🙏🏻
Jared Olar says
So sorry for this painful bereavement. May God give you comfort, and rest for Barbara’s soul.
Paul and Holly Moore says
Approximately 37 years ago, we heard a faint tapping on our door. When Paul opened the door, looked down and there was a little blond headed girl who had crawled to our door. She looked up and said, “Bee, Bee”. That’s where it all started. Jon was born after we moved to KY. The Olar family moved to GA. Distance could not separate us. Together we have experienced countless vacations, holidays, and celebratory events over the past 37 years. During this time our family became the Molars. Barb and Paul were “two peas in a pod”. Over the years our children also shared life together, deepening our family relationships. We are blessed beyond measure that our children’s children are like cousins including Ginger and her family. They are making their own Molar memories! We will miss Barbie SO VERY MUCH but will cherish her memory for a lifetime. Love you and may God bless and comfort you.
Milton and Carol. says
We feel much sadness over Barbara ‘s departure. And know she will be deeply missed by her family , friends and the people who knew her. We will remember how she touched our own lives and keep those memories in our hearts always.
We love you Barbara ! And extend deepest sympathy to Dan, along with each member of the family who are grieving so.
Kris Bayne says
I worked with Barb many times over the years at Vines. She was so friendly and down to earth. I have great memories working events with her as both DJ and band leader. She will be missed by so many. Praying for peace and comfort for her family and friends.
Karen Hunker and John Votaw says
I cried like a baby when I heard the news. Today, I hope we will celebrate her life as she would have us to.
Barb is my first “sisterhood” loss and it stings like crazy! We sure had some fun times at that house called Little Gardens! May she Rest in Piece and enjoy the finest wines they serve in Heaven! ‘Till we meet again, my dear friend Babs!! Xoxo