Barbara McQuiston

Barbara Elaine McQuiston

Sunday, March 18th, 1956 - Thursday, May 6th, 2021
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A celebration of life for Mrs. Barbara Elaine McQuiston of Downsville will be from 3:00PM until 5:00PM Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Griffin Funeral Home 911 Warren Dr. West Monroe.

Mrs. McQuiston was born March 18, 1956 in Aurora, CO and passed from this life on May 6, 2021 in Downsville, LA at the age of 65. She loved to play piano, taking photographs, making cards and helping others in need. She especially enjoyed crafting things and sewing. Barbara was a loving wife, mother sister and friend and will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Benton and Uella Avery; and one sister, Joan Williams.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Jeff McQuiston, Sr. of Downsville; her children, Jeffrey McQuiston, Jr. of Downsville and Jo Anna Cannon and husband, Steve of Mountain View, AR; her brothers, Jack Avery and wife, Lea Ann of Choudrant, and Byron Avery and wife, Tammy of Calhoun; also survived by a host of extended family and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 9th, 2021 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, May 9th, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Griffin Funeral Home West Monroe
    911 Warren Drive
    WEST MONROE, LA 71291
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sandy eubank

Posted at 06:51pm
we will be together again....I have no words

Janice Whitman

Posted at 11:29pm
Barbara was a dear cousin who gave so much to serve and help others. She diligently cared for her parents and did all she could to help them live their later years in optimal health. We were separated by many miles but she offered her prayer support for family members in need many times over the years. She generously shared her knowledge of nutrition and healthy living and was a talented writer of long and entertaining AND educational letters and emails. A truly beautiful soul, lover of nature and servant of God. I hope we get to be neighbors in heaven because I would love to spend more time with her. Deepest sympathy and prayers for her beloved family - Jeff, Jeffrey, and JoAnna and her extended family as well. Love, Janice

Pat Alaniz

Posted at 07:35pm
I am still in shock after learning that we lost my cousin, Barbara. Such a bright star in this world, but maybe it is fitting that she’s in heaven and shining down on us at night. We were blessed to have been able to be in her life and when her work on earth was done, and the Lord called her home. She had a wonderful relationship with the Lord, and I was always blessed to have her lift up my prayer requests because I was pretty sure she had a much better connection than me. When my younger son joined the Marines, I had asked Barbara to keep him in her prayers. At the end of boot camp, all recruits must endure 54 hours of intense training, called the crucible. They must learn to use knowledge, skills and training during this exercise to actually be called a Marine. They are only allowed 8 hours of sleep during this training. One day, Barbara called me and said that the Lord had woken her from sleep around 2:00 am and told her to pray for Corby. I later learned that on that exact day, Corby’s unit had set up their camp, but an intense rain storm had flooded their tents. “Something” made Corby and his unit wake up and they were able to escape before being washed away. Praise the Lord – thank you Lord and thank you Barbara for always being a conduit for receiving messages from heaven. Barbara was such a trendsetter – she was here before Pioneer Woman and Magnolia Table -always making wonderful meals and using shiplap even before it became fashionable. She even used reclaimed wood from our Grandma Avery’s old house and used it as the wall in her bedroom. That bedroom was in a remodeled and beautiful barn. She was talking about organic things before most of us even knew what that meant. She made her own soap, shampoo and other things. She raised her own chickens and even sent out an information filled newsletter to her friends, telling us of her new discoveries and recipes. Always the consummate caregiver – she took care of her mom and dad, as they became older and needed assistance. She was always cooking meals for other elderly people in her church and community. Even though I didn’t live close to her, I will miss her and I’m pretty sure there will be many jewels in her crown. See you in heaven, Barbara. Hugs, Patricia

Reba Ramsey

Posted at 08:46pm
Barbara and I called each other "sister cousin". We had a special bond. There were thousands of texts between us over the years, mostly about the Lord and the end times. She was a walking Bible! She also loved her cats as she called them her "monsters". I especially remember all the stories she told me about rescuing wild baby critters from rats to possums and more. They would be taken care of by her until they were big enough to release back outside. I told her one day she would have crown with a lot of stars in it. Now I picture her in heaven...tiny Barbara with her big heavy crown so full that the angels walk beside her to help hold it up.

Janice Whitman Posted at 11:16pm

That is so sweet Reba! Thank you for sharing this... Janice


Posted at 11:58pm
My sincere sympathy for you, Jeff & family. I remember so well Barbara coming into the drug store always with a smile, but some times with a deep concern on her face. She was always one of my favorite people to see and chat with for a while.

Dixie Hall Posted at 09:00pm

Barbara was such a dear soul. I know you all will miss her tremendously. She was instrumental in ministring to our family during a very difficult time. The scripture she drew out...a good name is more valuable than great riches" hung in my living room for many years. Now it hangs in one of my children's home. Barbara was genius in all she did. She was ever purposeful with her time. She constantly spoke of and looked for good in her family. We drank lots of coffee...ate cookies and shared lots of stories between our families. Love each of you. Only recently heard of her passing. Would love to have seen you. In my prayers. Much love. Dixie Hall

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