Carol Arlaine (Dudley) Barber was born on February 3, 1953 to Jim and Lucy (Ratcliff) Dudley in Rapid City, South Dakota. She graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1971.
Carol was married to James Barber in October 1971. They made their home at Lakeside, until moving to New Underwood in June 1978. It was then that she began to work at the Good Samaritan Home and made many life long friends. In June 1983, Jim, Carol, and their two sons, Josh and Kevin, moved to Wall.
Following her divorce in 1984, she remained in Wall while staying engaged in her community and raising her young family. She was actively involved in her son’s extracurricular activities and found much joy cheering for the football, basketball, and track teams and continued to do so long after her sons finished competing.
Carol was a life-long learner and embraced many new adventures throughout her life. Whether venturing to Sioux City, Iowa, where she earned her degree from the Sioux City Barber College, driving her son’s stock car, waiting tables, cleaning motel rooms, selling t-shirts, making arrangements at the flower shop, or cutting countless heads of hair, she continually gave and gained the gift of friendship.
For the last 20 years Carol has been blessed by her companion Larry Eisenbraun and his family. Carol and Larry spent much time together extending friendship, love, and support to friends and family. Carol valued the everyday moments of life, serving others with her God-given gifts and finding much joy being engaged in the lives of her grandchildren. Most importantly, Carol treasured her personal relationship with her savior, Jesus, and was an active member of the Wall Evangelical Free Church.
Survivors include two sons, Josh (Rebecca) Barber and their children: Samantha, Shevy, Riley, Savannah, Cloe, Ruby, Brystal, and soon to be born baby Barber; Kevin (Summer) Barber and their children: Emmett, Hadley, and Jace; longtime companion Larry Eisenbraun and his children Scott Eisenbraun with his children: Tyrel, Taran, and Tate, Sam (Amy) Eisenbraun with their children Ashley, Stephanie, and Spencer, and Chad (Dana) Eisenbraun with their children Kaylee, Gracie, and Karson; one brother Don Paris; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Carol was preceded in death by her dad Jim Dudley, her mom Lucile (Ratcliff) Dudley, and her sister Cathie Merced.
A memorial visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, at the Evangelical Free Bible Church in Wall.
Everyone is invited to join the family for a luncheon at the Wall Community Center at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, immediately following the memorial service.
Josh and Kevin,
My Deepest Sympathy. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord Be with You Now and Always.
~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff
Sturgis, SD (6/8/2018)
Carol was always a ray of sunshine. I will miss her a lot
~ Kathy Trullinger
New Underwood SD (6/10/2018)
My thoughts and prayers are with your families🙏🏻
I had the pleasure of working with Carol at Wall Drug right after we moved to the area. She was fun and caring to work with and we never had a dull moment. Very fond memories of a wonderful person.
~ Nola & Malc Price
Wasta, SD (6/8/2018)
Josh and Kevin and family, I am very sorry to hear about ur mother and my deepest sympathy to u all.
Rapid City South Dakota (6/9/2018)
Carol Barber! Such a gal! I will miss seeing her smiling face around Wall. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her over the years, working with her at the Elkton House, serving her and Larry at the Two Bit. She had particular likes and dislikes, but that was Carol and I loved her for it. There are no words to make her passing any easier, but to know that she'll be smiling down on all of us, watching over us, and cheering on all the Wall events, might help a little. To her family and friends, may the good Lord rest his healing hand on you. Love ya Carol and until we meet again!
~ Emily Helms
Lake Norden, SD (6/12/2018)
Josh, Kevin, Larry, and your families—I’m so sorry for your loss. Carol truly cared about others and was a wonderful friend. I shall treasure my memories of her, especially her infectious laugh and mischievous but warm smile. May God comfort all of you, as she is with Him.
~ Denise Kline
Scott City, KS (6/11/2018)
My prayers are with Carols family and the Eisenbraun family
~ Cleo Williams
Rapid City SD (6/8/2018)
My deepest condolences to the Barber family. Even though I did not have the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Carol Barber, I know that losing a loved is painful. Wishing to send a comforting hope for the future based on the words said by Job in Job 14:15 - "You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands." May the hope of once again seeing our loved give you the strength that you need during this difficult time. For more information, please visit JW.org
Carol was such a loving lady~ she will be missed. Prayers to all.....
~ Lonnie & Teri Arneson
Elm Springs, SD (6/8/2018)
Please know that you are being kept in prayer during this difficult time.
~ Joy Hamann
San Antonio, TX (6/8/2018)
Josh, Kevin and families. I will miss my good friend Carol. I have such fond memories, football games, basketball games, cutting hair, working at Wall Drug. She was going to have surgery on the 20th of June, she asked me if I would give her a perm the week before, she had to look nice. Carol always looked nice. Rest In Peace my Friend.
~ Debbie Byran
Carol and I were friends in Junior High and High School in Rapid City SD. We laughed so much it shouldn't have been legal. Such a beautiful lady.
~ Margaret Perisic
Denver CO (6/9/2018)
Carol was the best of the best. Truly a remarkable person. RIP, Carol.
~ Corinne Ausmann
Rapid City, SD (6/8/2018)
Our sympathy to Larry and all of Carol's family.
~ Stanley&Glenda Matt
17614 3M Rd (6/11/2018)
Carol was such a loving and caring person. I am so grateful to have been her friend. She lived a full and positive life. She brought so much happiness, positivity, and friendship to everyone she encountered. I have known her since 7th grade and we shared so much. May she rest in peace.
~ Bobbie Phillips
Salt Lake City, UT (6/10/2018)
Josh, Kevin, Larry and families: I'll miss the weekly chats at the Two Bit and texts such as how many pounds of potatoes to do up for mashed potatoes. RIP Carol you will be missed. Till we meet again.
~ Jan Wenzel
Quinn, SD (6/8/2018)
Carol's dynamo personality meant there was no stranger in her circle. She was a force of nature and made work more fun. I was so fortunate to work two summers with her at the Elkton House right out of high school. The next time I saw her was nearly 25 years later and she recognized me first. It was so wonderful to catch up with her. My sincerest sympathies to the family on the loss of such a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing her with us.
~ Lori Maude
I met Carol almost 49 years ago and have kept in touch ever since. Her smile, love of life, generosity and devotion to her family were so inspiring. I feel so blessed to have spent time with her a month ago in Wall. Kevin and Josh, you and your beautiful families are in my prayers.
~ Anne Work
Granby, CO (6/8/2018)
Carol was one of the first people that I worked with when I moved to Wall. I had the pleasure of working with her. She was one of the few that called me Rosie and always had that one of a kind laugh. She will be missed.
~ Rose Luedeman
Our Love and Prayers go out to the Carol's Family and the Family of Larry Eisenbraun. Susan and Denny Walsh
~ Dennis Walsh
Miami, FL. (6/14/2018)
Rest in piece, Carol!!
~ John Johnson
Hill City SD (6/10/2018)
I met Carol, Josh, and Kevin while she was in Barber College with my mom. Their friendship stayed strong over the years and we got to enjoy many trip to South Dakota to visit. Carol always made me laugh, was always honest and caring in her words, and would do anything for you. Her doors were always open and she also enjoyed to visit. She will be missed by many and never forgotten. Rest in Peace Carol and prayers lifted for all of your family and friends.
~ Honore Pittenger
Sioux City, Iowa (6/10/2018)
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
~ Gary Amos and family
Prayers and thoughts with all of family
~ Tonya Matt
Sioux Falls (6/10/2018)
Hugs and prayers to all of you. Carol was a super fun person to be around and work with. We never had a dull moment in the T-Shirt department. I'll always remember her smile and twinkling eyes.
~ Linda & Mike Howie
White Owl (6/7/2018)
To Carol’s family my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time I got the pleasure of working with Carol and learning a great deal back in the day when I was younger she always had kind words of wisdom and criticism to keep you on your toes.
~ Crystal (Swift) Bruinsma