Lynda Irene Barbay

July 19, 1944 - May 16, 2020

Lynda Irene Barbay, 75, of Port Arthur, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, May 16, 2020 after a long illness. She was born July 19, 1944, in Savannah, Georgia, to Virginia Stovall McDonald and Edward Daniel McDonald, Sr.    

Devoted to her family, Lynda enjoyed a special bond with her brother, Eddie, and was especially proud to be Tia Lynda to her niece, Elizabeth, Eddie’s daughter. She arranged family holiday dinners and meals, incorporating recipes which were handed down from her beloved mother, Virginia, also an admired cook and baker. Lynda’s church family was important, too. She had many fond memories of growing up with her friends in the Pentecostal Church. She shared her love of God and devotion to her church, especially in visiting the sick among her friends and family.

Lynda was an extremely energetic person with a strong and active work ethic from the time she was a seven-year-old washing dishes at the boarding house owned by her grandmother, Sweetie, through the years she maintained her own household. While working full time as the office manager of an insurance office, she strived to improve her office skills and knowledge of the insurance industry through continuing education. She received certifications in writing life insurance and health insurance policies, earning the confidence of many customers and family members who came to rely on her knowledgeable recommendations for their insurance needs.

Evenings and weekends, Lynda enjoyed working in her yard, keeping it beautifully landscaped with shrubs and flowers. Her love of beauty extended to her home as well, which was always spotless and immaculate, furnished and decorated with her classic finds. She enjoyed shopping for and locating elegant pieces at modest prices.  

Survivors include her husband of thirty-seven years, Robert Barbay, Jr., of Port Arthur; brothers, Edward McDonald, of Beaumont and Brent McDonald and his wife, Becky, of Austin; sister-in-law, Daylis Estevez, of Beaumont; nieces, Elizabeth McDonald, of Beaumont; Megan McDonald, of Beaumont; and Mandy McDonald, of Dallas; aunt, Shirley Lowe, of Port Arthur; and cousins, Michael Lowe, Sr. and Michael Lowe, Jr.

Mrs. Barbay is preceded in death by her parents, Virginia Stovall McDonald and Edward Daniel McDonald, Sr., and by her grandmother, Edna Roberta “Sweetie” French Stovall, whom she considered to be a strong positive influence in her life.

A gathering of Mrs. Barbay’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3900 Twin City Highway, Groves, with the Reverend James Lee officiating.  


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Greenlawn Memorial Park - Groves

Greenlawn Memorial Park - Groves
  • 3900 twin city hwy groves tx 77619

Graveside Service

Graveside Service
  • 3900 twin city hw.y groves tx 77619
  • 05/28/2020
  • 2:00 pm

Gathering of Family and Friends

Gathering of Family and Friends
  • 505 n 12th street nederland tx 77627
  • 05/27/2020
  • 12:30 am

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CM Barbay

One precious of memory of Lynda is that of the holiday culinary gifts that she shared with friends and family members. A memorable example is her wonderful fruitcake, of which everyone who was fortunate enough to have received a sample, will remember with loving gratitude. We were certainly blessed to have this talented and generous person in our lives.

Mary @ David Prioux

Our sincerest condolences to Bobby and Lynda's loving family.

Wade J Borel

So very sorry to hear of Linda's passing. Linda was a wonderful friend for many years.She will be greatly missed..Our sincere prayers for all the family.

CM Barbay

David and Mary, Thank you for your kind words. Lynda was a precious part of our lives for a long time. We treasure the time she could be with us and celebrate the memories we share of that wonderful time. Carol Barbay

CM Barbay

Wade (BooBoo), Thank you for your kind words and prayers for Lynda's family members! We really appreciate your attending the graveside service. Your and Gail's presence as we said our goodbyes to Lynda was a wonderful reunion and made our experience at that time much more memorable, going far to help us work through the grief we were feeling at that time. Be well and safe, Carol