Miller, Barbara Ann Marie O'Brien Brister


Barbara was born in Reading, Massachusetts, on February 8, 1929, to Phillip and Eva ( Letourneau) O’Brien, passed away on March 27, 2020, at her home, in Farmers Branch, Texas. First born of four children, Philip (Nick) deceased, William (Bill) and Kay, Thomas (Tommy) deceased.

Barbara attended school in Reading, graduating in 1946. First employment was as a telephone operator for New England T & T. After two years she went to work at Peter Flynn’s, a fine family owned ladies dress shop in Boston, Massachusetts. Growing up, Barbara enjoyed her family, skiing, swimming and living in New England. Barbara later interviewed with American Airlines where she was told she had “big feet”. Her response was, “Yes, I know but I have nice legs.”  With that being said, she was hired! Onto stewardess school in Chicago and by June 30, found herself relocated in Dallas, Texas, where she has resided ever since. Barbara married American Airlines Captain Ozzie Brister and retired from American Airlines in 1958. They had two children, Robert, who died in 1959 and Linda Anne born in 1962. Ozzie passed away December, 1964. Barbara was very active at St. Monica Catholic Church, the Dallas Kiwi Club, and American Airlines. After a courtship with American Airlines Captain, James Arthur (Art) Miller, they married on June 30, 1967. Art having three boys, Jimmy, Glen and Hank, made an instant family for Barbara and Linda. As with all new blended families, things were, at times, a little hectic but forty-seven years as a family all seems to have worked out just fine.  Art left us in May of 2015. It’s been a grand life with so many adventures, wonderful friends and no regrets!

Barbara is survived by her sons James Arthur (Jimmy) Miller, III, Glen Tate Miller (Sharon Leftwich Miller), Henry Christopher (Hank) Miller, daughter Linda Coffin (Donald Craig Coffin), ten grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, one brother Bill (Kay), and best friend, Donna Mae Morrissey.

A special thank you to the wonderful care and support given to Barbara by Heart to Heart Hospice, especially Tami and Mary and her caretaker Mercy.

“Tentative arrangements” – Memorial Mass will take place on Monday, June 29, at 10:00 a.m. St. Monica Catholic Church, 9933 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas, 75229. Rosary will precede the Mass at 9:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any of the following: St. Monica Catholic Church, Ursuline Academy of Dallas, or Jesuit College Prep Dallas.

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7 replies on “Miller, Barbara Ann Marie O'Brien Brister”

Taylor Coffin says:

My Nana is one of the best role models I could ever have had growing up.

She taught me to be strong and confident in who I am. She taught me to love others as I would love myself. To care for loved ones no matter what. That family is the most important thing, no matter if they are blood or not.

She raised me to never give up on my hopes and dreams. She always told me to have faith, to be strong, and to work hard. She will always be remembered anytime I sing or play from now on. She taught me how to have a voice in this world. I will never forget it!

My Condolences go to my family and her friends going through this tough time! May they always remember that Nana is watching over us, making sure to save us a seat to watch Papaw play in Heaven’s Banjo Band.

Sincerely, her singing grandson, Taylor D. Coffin

denise ware says:

So sorry for your loss but Barbara lived a GREAT life right next door to us. Hank, Jimmy and Glen and Kirk and me have so many many memories via Warick Drive. Please one of you let me know when the Memorial Service is confirmed and Kirk and I will be there. Love to ALL!

Cassie Spillner says:

I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Barbara. I have fond memories of her growing up in Chapel Downs and being friends with her daughter Linda.

My deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends. I pray for their strength and comfort during this time. I know she lived a long, fulfilling life and is in a better place.


Kathy Bach says:

I only knew Barbara for a few years, but she was a touch of “back home” for me. We talked about Massachusetts and everyday life here in Texas. I loved her no nonsense approach to life; and the longer I knew her, I would wish I had known her that much longer, because she was so interesting. What an amazing woman; she will always be missed. Kathy Bach Mary Immaculate School.

Susan Ashmore says:

I am very saddened to learn of Barbara’s passing. I met her and Art when I was volunteering as a bingo caller at The Bentley. I volunteered there for around five years. I so enjoyed seeing them every week “Barb” (as I knew her) would always sit between Art and a friend of theirs, Wayne, and help them both keep up with all the bingo cards. I loved them. I will miss her funny stories, huge heart, wit, and warm hugs. My condolences to her family. I know she is missed.

Donna L Field says:

Dear Miller Family, I was so sorry to hear of your Barbara’s passing. She and Art meant so much to my Dad and his wife, June. I know that had trips together and a lifetime of fun and aviation of course. It is hard to believe she is gone.You will be in my prayers. Thanks for all she and Art did for Dad and June. By the way, I am Harold Miller’s daughter. Blessings to you all.

B Allen says:

I was so lucky to know both Barbara and Art. I called Bingo at The Bentley and getting to them was a real treat. Barbara was always funny and witty and smart. When I’d call “N-40…as in my age…40…” she’d always reply, “Oh, sure!” She was a pleasure to know. We got to go to lunch with her a couple of times, with Susan Ashmore, who called bingo before me, and we had fun times and great conversations about the airline biz. My husband is also a pilot for Delta. She sent me a fruitcake once for Christmas so I always think of her when we have fruitcake. She was an amazing lady and I’m glad I knew her. Peace and love to your families. I just bet you have lots of fun stories and memories to help you all through this sad time. Ciao for now! B

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