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Noller, Barbara Ann (Pechacek)

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August 24, 1931 - July 23, 2019

Noller, Barbara Ann (Pechacek)

Longtime resident of Dallas, Barbara Noller has passed away of various complications at the age of 87. Born on August 24th, 1931, in Abilene Texas, she spent her youth and teenage years in and around the Abilene area. Her father John (Johnny) Pechacek  made his living through the ownership of a local hardware store know as Lion Hardware and Barbara spent her youth along with her two siblings Marian and John Adam (Sonny) and her Mother Clara growing up in  West Texas. In 1942, Johnny bought a ranch east of town where Barbara learned to ride horse back. She fondly remembered the days riding her horse “Miss Hi-Hat”, helping her dad work the cows and the fence lines.

After graduating from Abilene High, she attended Baylor for one and half years and then transferred to The University Of Texas in Austin where she met her eventual husband Max Noller who was pursuing his Law degree. Barbara obtained a degree in education, they married in 1953 and moved to Dallas to begin their life together and to raise a family in the North Dallas area.

Barbara had many interests and passions. She loved to travel…particularly places that involved Biblical Archaeology and studies.  Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon in the Middle East as well as Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya in Northern Africa were some of the many countries she visited. Whether in a group or on her own, she always returned home to Dallas with many stories, photographs and insights which she would share with her family and many friends.

Barbara was an active participant in the art and music world. She regularly attended the opera, symphony, summer musicals as well as the art museums of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Barbara and her family were loyal members of John Calvin United Presbyterian Church beginning in 1959. For many years she served in the role of leadership as a church elder as well as singing in the choir. In later years she enjoyed teaching adult bible studies in a combined Presbyterian Church setting.

Barbara was a wonderful mother to her children as they grew up. During the 1960’s and 1970’s she made sure her kids were out of the house playing with other friends rather than watching television…and that they read at least one book per week. Her children knew that the signal to come home was when the street light came on and she made sure the family ate their meals together which she orchestrated conversation around what everyone did for the day. Some of the best memories she helped create were family vacations.

Barbara is proceeded in death by her husband Max in 1993, her father John Adam in 1972, her mother Clara Lee in 1965 and her brother John Adam (Sonny) in 1966.  She is survived by her Sister Marian of Abilene Texas, her Son Bruce and Daughter-in-Law Mary of Dallas, Grandson Adam of New Orleans, Grand Daughter Laura of Dallas, Son David and Daughter-in-Law Virada of Thailand and Daughter Leanne and Son-in-Law Brent Althouse and Grandsons Max and Aric Althouse of Monument, Colorado.



A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 27th, 2019 in the Presbyterian Village North Chapel at 2:00pm, located at 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, Texas  75243.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Presbyterian Village North Foundation, Residence Assistance Fund, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, Texas  75243


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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

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Jennifer Hunt

July 28, 2019 8:50PM

Dearest Leanne, my heart goes out to you and your family. May your memories be a comfort to you in the days ahead. We’ll be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Maryellen R Bell

July 28, 2019 5:25PM

What wonderful memories I will have of Barbara or whom I would know as Mrs. Noller. She was instrumental in helping me to become who I am today. She drove us to the barn to ride the horses and drove so slow, we would giggle silently in the back seat. But I also remember a strong women who wore knickers when no one else did. She walked daily. She always was smiling and making sure us girls were alright. She defended us one night during a slumber party when we papered the neighbor's house. She taught me honor as a girl scout leader and she particularly liked the hymn by Martin Luther Ein Feste Burg and chose it for us to sing often. So politically incorrect in these times and I'm so grateful it wasn't back then. Every time I sing it, I think of her. I loved that the house always had opera music playing. She taught us to be a real intellect by example. My thoughts and prayers are with you Leanne and your dear brothers. I send so much love your way.