Barbara Akin Midkiff

Midkiff Beverly Obituary

Barbara Akin Midkiff, age 68 of Aledo, Texas, went home to the Lord on November 20, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas surrounded by family.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 11:00 a.m. Thursday December 2, 2021 at Northside Baptist Church, 910 N Main, Weatherford, TX 76086.
She was born July 28, 1953 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Elise and Joe Ned Akin. She graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1971 and Midwestern State University in 1975. Barbara had four children and stayed home with them in the early years before beginning a career in Arlington as a special education teacher. She later moved back to Wichita Falls to run Metro Photo, the family business her parents owned and operated for decades. She made many friends there through the First Baptist Church choir, Junior Forum, Rotary and as a Gold Coat Ambassador with the Chamber of Commerce. In later years, Barbara moved to Parker County where she served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and where she met Sam Midkiff. Shortly after they met in 2015, Barbara underwent kidney transplant surgery and Sam gladly took on the role of her primary caretaker. They married in 2016, and Barbara then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in the Fall of 2020, fulfilling a lifelong dream and natural calling. She had been seeing clients up until the week of her death.
Barbara was a devoted follower of Christ and shared the love of Jesus with everyone she met. She loved unconditionally and always saw the best in everyone, finding ways to serve others, especially those most in need of love and compassion. She loved her children and grandchildren immeasurably. Many of her children’s friends refer to her as a second mom, and she will be terribly missed by all who knew her. Barbara loved music, especially singing in the church choir and playing the piano. At the time of her death she was a member of North Side Baptist Church of Weatherford, Texas, a community she dearly loved.
She is survived by her husband, Sam Midkiff; daughter, Stephanie (Greg) Cox of Linden, NC; son, Brandon (Rebecca) Hueber of Winter Park, FL; daughter, Valerie (Tyler) Kruse of Aledo, TX; daughter, Allison (Chris) Dolajak of Cedar Park, TX; the father of her four children, James Hueber; stepdaughter, Samantha Kemble; grandchildren, Logan and Morgan Cox; Charlotte, Grant, Claire and Catherine Hueber; Karn and Kylie Kruse and Cooper Simpson; Gavin and Andrew Dolajak; Sebastian, Gavin and Xander Kemble; and Trinity Akins and Tyrell Beverly; sister, Kathy (Bill) Thompson; brother, Mark (Debi) Akin; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Elise and Joe Ned Akin; brother, David Akin; stepdaughter, Holly Midkiff and grandson Titus Akins.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to LifeGift Fort Worth, an organization that delivers lifesaving organ transplants to the recipients who need them.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
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#1 Comment By Geraldine Morris On November 23, 2021 @ 12:36 pm

Barbara has been my friend for many years, even after she moved. I will miss our talks on the phone. We always picked up where we left off last talk. She had a heart of gold, especially for children. She was a special friend and I will miss her. Prayers for her children and Sam.

#2 Comment By Steve Schmidt On November 23, 2021 @ 7:41 pm

Barbara was a wonderful person, a great mother and grandmother who was an achiever and inspiration. She influenced me during hard times which got me through them. Her generosity to me was something I’ll never forget. Her children represent what she was. Gone from us too soon but now with our redeemer. Rest In Peace.

#3 Comment By Day Yeager On November 24, 2021 @ 9:28 am

My condolences to the Akin family. I grew up on the same street in Wichita Falls (Hursh) as Ned and Elise and family and am the same age as Barbara. (In fact, it was one of your old Hursh St neighbors, Carolyn McGaha Lester, who informed me of Barbara’s passing.) We are cousins: Joe Ned was a nephew of my grandfather John P Akin and my mother Steve Ann Akin (Yeager) Shappell. I have early memories of your family and the family home, and have in recent years communicated a bit with Barbara. (I also have a darling photo of her from WFHS days if you’d like it 805.705.8197.) I tried to contact Mark some time ago on Ancestry, but that doesn’t always work. It is heartwarming to read that Barbara grew up from a gentle girl to a warm, successful, and deeply generous woman. I wish her health had held up – not only because 68 can be a vibrant time of life, but because so many hearts are missing her. To whomever wrote the obituary, thank you for the details and for painting such a loving picture hinting at all she meant to the world. – Day Yeager, Solvang CA

#4 Comment By Nora R. and Family On November 29, 2021 @ 5:51 pm

We met Barbara at Homestead Hope where she was our daughter’s counselor. Barbara was a special person with a very kind heart. She had a special gift with children and I thank God for the time we met her and for the time she spent helping my two step daughters. It is unfortunate that she passed but at the same time I know she is in peace with God our Father. May God give her family the fortitude and resignation to move forward. Rest in Peace

#5 Comment By Pastor Van N. Houser On November 30, 2021 @ 3:20 pm

A pastor could not have a more faithful and dedicated member of their church than I had in Barbara. She was tough as a tiger in pursuing her dreams and the vision God had given her for her life here on earth yet tender as a dove in her care of those in need. She raised four wonderful children who shared her love of Christ and people in need of love and significance. She was amazing with the grandkids and all who were under her care. May God bless the family in their loss.