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Barbara Miller

May 21, 1938 ~ January 30, 2017 (age 78)

The Piano Brothers

Barbara Jo "Ma P" Miller Petrovich, 78, of Superior, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Essentia-St. Mary's Hospital Hospice Care in Duluth, Minn., with her family by her side. She was born May 21, 1938, an only child. She grew up in Superior where she attended school and was a member of the Salvation Army Church, which she loved to attend. Some of her best childhood memories were at the church. Barbara married George in 1967, and together they raised four girls, Jo, Barbie and twins Gette and Ganna. Jo's friend Jack was also considered part of her family, like a son and friend to all. Barbara enjoyed playing cards and Yahtzee with George at the kitchen table, and you always knew when he won. She loved spending time at the kitchen table with her dear friend Shelby, where they would laugh and laugh until they cried. She loved animals, and donated to local and outside animal shelters. She also donated to the Salvation Army. She was a pet lover; she loved her furry four-legged children, es- pecially her dog, "Chickens." Barbara, "Ma P," loved to gather with family and friends, telling stories, especially when it came to the twins. How many babies can speak their own language, roll colored looking "play balls" and ask dad to catch? Or, run yourself over for chicken, and fight off dogs at parties because you have chicken in your purse? She was the kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back, or someone else's back. She loved music, singing, and singing along with others. She was known for her famous homemade meatballs and apple pie. She loved spending time with family and friends. She loved taking long walks at Barkers Island with Grandpa George and their grandchildren. She loved to shop. Barbara Jo, "Ma P," "Big Barbie" or "Barbiekins" was a kind and giving person, known for her ruby red lips. She loved her many shades of lipstick. You always knew when someone had been around her because her lipstick imprint was on their cheek. She was a friend, a mom and grandma. She was a fighter, survivor, and pillar of strength. She battled diabetes for almost 50 years and heart complications for several years. She enjoyed life and loved to have fun. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Barbara was preceded in death by her soulmate, George; her mother, Pearl; and dear friend, Shelby. She is survived by her daughters, Jo of Superior, Barbie of Cloquet, Georganna and Georgette, both of Superi- or; and her grandchildren, Shaun, Jessie and Riley. The family would like to thank the staff at Essentia-St. Mary's Hospital and Hospice Care team for their compassionate care; to the residents at Golden Apartments, her friends who became her family who watched out for her and kept the family informed; and to the many kind friends who extended their sympathy and sincere gratitude, we thank you. Respecting her wishes, her urn and ashes will be placed with George during a private family service in the spring. If you would like to meet with some of the family members, join them for a celebration of life at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Lost in the Fifties, 1809 N. 3rd St., Superior. Arrangements by Souder-Handevidt Funeral Home, Cloque


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