Barbara Sue McCauley, age 63, a 20 year breast cancer survivor, went to be with the Lord May 2, 2011. Her husband, Davis, was at her bedside when she drew her last tiny breath. She was born in Baytown, Texas, September 24, 1947, to the late Joe and Hilda Kirkland. She met Davis on Valentine's Day, 1967, and they were married December 26 the same year. It was her beautiful smile that captured his heart, a smile she maintained through all her setbacks.
She went back to college to follow her second dream after being a homemaker for 20 years. On May 12, 1990, at the age of 42, she graduated from the University of Houston - Clearlake with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Shortly after her graduation she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She forged her way through four months of chemotherapy and then started her teaching career. She taught 4 years at Baytown's St. Joseph Catholic School, where she received the 1994-1995 Monsignor Joseph P. O'Sullivan Staff Award. Next she taught 12 years at Channelview ISD, Hamblen Elementary School in particular. In December, 2004 her cancer returned.
She courageously worked until December 31, 2006 and retired. From January 2007 through December 23, 2010, she was under the concerned care of Dr. Harry Price and the angelic chemotherapy nurses of Oncology Consultants of Houston. Then December 24, 2010, the family, along with Barbara's consent, started Home Hospice care with Faith Community Hospice of Baytown with Davis as her full time caregiver. The Hospice Nurses and aides that came out on a regular basis checking on her were also angelic. And a special thanks to Dr. Guidry, the Hospice physician.
Barbara was born into Central Baptist Church and was a lifetime member and had many friends there that loved and prayed for her.
She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Davis McCauley; son, Andrew McCauley; daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Howard Thomsen; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Sean LaPlante; brother, David Hollaway; grandchildren, Mason Phipps, Jadine Wannamaker, Jesse Thomsen, Adrien LaPlante, and Jolene Barbara LaPlante.
Barbara will be cremated and her ashes will be placed in a wall niche in the beautiful Houston, VA cemetery and await the ashes of Davis.
There will not be a family visitation or a funeral service. Her immediate family will meet at the site when her ashes are placed in the wall niche. For those of you that knew and loved her, please keep her lively and courageous spirit and beautiful smile in your memory.
In lieu of flowers/plants please send donations to Central Baptist Church, 1800 King Street, Baytown 77520, in memory of Barbara.