Celebration of Life Arrangements

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. - Psalm 23:4

I have posted Mrs. Barbara's obituary below. We are compiling pictures and memories for events during the service. If you have pictures to share, please post them to Mrs.Barbara's Facebook page or email them to Tricia Klein at tdsklein@gmail.com. Feel free to leave memories or stories you have of Mrs. Barbara on her Facebook page or you can comment on this blog post.


Barbara Martinez Rush, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, and resident of Mount Juliet, TN, was called Home on Sunday, October 25, 2015, at the age of 64 after battling ovarian cancer for just over one year.  She was birthed into Heaven peacefully at her home with her family at her side.  Barbara was a graduate of Baker High School. She worked for the Baton Rouge Police department in uniform patrol, and then for the Baton Rouge Constables Office before she retired and then owned and operated Central Sports before moving to Tennessee. Recently, she enjoyed her part-time work as a Security Officer at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.  Barbara was a loving wife, devoted mother of four children, and “Memere” to 17 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. All who knew her admired the “fighter” in her spirit. She inspired many people to stay strong through life’s trials and obstacles. That inspiration and strength is a legacy she leaves behind.

She is survived by her mother, Emma Dean Martinez; husband of 22 years, Charles E. Rush, Jr.; two brothers Henry J. Martinez, Joseph E. Martinez, Jr. (Hong); daughter, Jacqueline Jones (Mike); three sons, Chad Klein (Tricia), Christopher Schiro (Jennifer), Nicholas Schiro (Brittney); stepdaughters, Donna Rush Soniat, Dara Rush Bartee (Michael), Kelly Rush McGothren (Wes), Angelle Rush Butcher; grandchildren, Madeline Jones, Crawford Jones, Jessica Klein, Ella Klein, Christian Schiro, Kaden Schiro, Kaylyn Schiro, Easton Schiro, Cassandra Soniat Boyd, Heath Soniat, Brad Bartee, Brian Bartee, Chas Kelley, Weston McGlothren, Connor McGlothren, Gabriel Butcher, and Jayden Butcher; 1 great-grandchild, Clayton Monte; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Joseph E. Martinez, Sr. and sister, Margaret Martinez Lombardo.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Resthaven Gardens of Memory & Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.  Service will be held from 1:00-2:00 PM and visitation will follow from 2:00-5:00 PM.

Barbara benefitted greatly from the help of some wonderful organizations during her battle with cancer. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society (http:/www.cancer.org/) or Alive Hospice (http://www.alivehospice.com/).  Also, those interested may leave a personal note to the family here on the blog.

Heavenly Father, the days seem to go by quicker, almost lightning fast. The world continues to whir around me as life goes on. Lord, all the emotions you have gifted us with are not comfortable. Please stay by me and Mrs. Barbara's family and friends as we process the grief. Help us to acknowledge our emotions in the moment and not rush through them. Help us transition our lives back to a "new normal" without Mrs. Barbara in our presence. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.