Barbara Ann Lester

December 25, 1957 - March 24, 2023

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Barbara Ann Lester, 65, died Friday, March 24th after a 5 year battle with Alzheimer’s.
Barb was one of those people who never met a stranger. Her love of God was extravagant and her love for people was generous.
She was born here in Norfolk, graduated from Norfolk Christian School, Her undergraduate degree
was obtained from Colombia Bible College, received her Master’s degree from Regent University. Barb was a teacher at Norfolk Christian School, worked at Sprint, National Institute for Learning Disabilities, and Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy. Finally, and foremost she was on the board of the Norfolk SPCA.
 Her death was preceded by her mother Mary Holland Lester, father James Leroy Lester, and brother Jimmy Lester.
Those left to honor Barb are her wife Sharri Keller, sister Jean Craft, nephew Kyle Craft (wife Mary) and their 3 girls: Fia, Elizabeth, and Aurelia.
I want to thank all of the caregivers who loved and cared for Barb these last years.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Church of the Epiphany or the Norfolk SPCA in her honor.
A celebration of life service will be held on April 15th at 1/pm. Church of the Epiphany. Located at:1530 Lafayette Blvd., Norfolk, VA. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall after the service.


Cremation & Funeral Services of Tidewater is assisting her family. Please leave condolences at


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Kimberly Collins
8 months ago

she had been my teacher at NFC in jr high, I was looking to contact her since I’m trying to finally go to college. Stupid me. I’m so upset that I missed her passing, she was the BOOM! I will always miss her..shit all of my teachers are dead who I loved and they were hard core with me. Hopefully, my daughter kicks it out of the park in Spring-Ford School District. I guess I did something right. Now for me to go to college, finally! Barb, you would be proud of me for everything that I have lived through… Read more »

Belinda Sawyer
11 months ago

Sharri I am so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. You were a great partner and wife to her. I wish you comfort in this time.

Debbie Craft Culpepper
11 months ago

Dear Sharri, I had not seen Barbara since her illness. The last time I saw the two of you was at Jean’s, and you both radiated happiness. Treasure your years together and keep the memories close to your heart.

Elaine Poole Marrion
11 months ago

I am so very shocked and saddened to learn of Barbara’s health challenges and passing. I will always cherish the wonderful childhood memories we shared.

Sharon Rendle
11 months ago

I had the honor to help support precious Barbara since May 2021. Barbara and beautiful Sharri along with Jackson became part of my heart forever. Barbara represented Jesus well every day with her love for all people and animals. May God tenderly carry all her loved ones through this season knowing through Jesus we’ll meet and live together forever. Abundant Blessings and lots of love!

Karen Newbern
11 months ago

Sharri, we are so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Stacy and I had brunch with both of you at Green Onion a couple of years ago. We are sorry we never got together again. Barb had a wonderful smile and a big heart. You are in our prayers.
Karen & Stacy

Ed and Earlene Willis
11 months ago

Barb was a lovely person inside and out. It was our pleasure to have her as a friend and colleague

Kathy Keafer
11 months ago

Barb was a great friend. I loved the years we spent sharing her home. I am so sorry I didn’t get to see her in these last years. Praying for you Sharri. Love that her service will be in the Church of the Epiphany. I spent some significant time talking with Jesus there. I guess she did too.

Kathy Keafer

Kristin Barbour
11 months ago

Barb was a fantastic teacher, friend, and colleague. She will be greatly missed. I am sorry for your loss, Sharri, and all who knew and loved Barb. We send our condolences and prayers on behalf of the Barbour, Hopkins, and NILD families.

Betsy Boling
11 months ago

Jeanie, I was so sorry to learn of Barbara’s struggle and death. I know you’ll hold her dearly in your heart forever. Sisters are special. Love to you and your family, Betsy (Trout)

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