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Barbara Ann Deignan
  • Passed away on May 01, 2020

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Barbara Ann (Zink) Deignan, 92, of South Daytona, Florida, flew home to be with her heavenly family on May 1, 2020.

Barbara was born to Robert Walter and Ann Marie (O’Brien) Zink on January 17, 1928 on Staten Island, N.Y. She graduated from St. Peter’s Girls High School, Staten Island in 1945. She worked in New York City at several different jobs (Macy’s on 5th Ave., B. Altman and at The Hartford Insurance Co., where her dad worked). She also went to night school in NYC for interior design. She married Philip Patrick Deignan in 1949, they moved to Glen Cove, South Hempstead and then settled in West Islip, N.Y. on Long Island and together they raised four children.

She leaves as her legacy, three children, Christine Mary Deignan, Michael James Deignan and Elizabeth Ann Deignan. And a loving, “bonus” daughter, Noreen Ann Ryan. She also leaves to cherish her memory, three grandchildren, James Michael Poole (Darline), Ilana Jade Poole and Jared Philip Deignan (Jareslie) and one great-grandson, Jet Ramon Deignan. She was also “gram” to Jarred Scott Poole and his baby Everleigh. Her children and grandchildren will always remember her as kind, funny, giving and loving.

She also leaves a host of loving nieces, nephews and cousins. She stayed particularly close to her nephew John Michael Zink, niece Janet Baumann and cousins, Bill Dost and Lyn Saberg. She was preceded in death by her loving son, Steven Jude Deignan, father, Robert Walter Zink, mother, Ann Marie Zink as well as sister, Janet, brother, Robert and former-husband, Phil.

Barbara lived in West Islip for 20 years as the kids grew up. She formed many lifelong friendships and pioneered many activities during that time. Some of which were teaching art classes, starting an art gallery and clothing business with friends, selling real estate, working at Fabric Garden, a fabric store, doing accounting for a local gas station and volunteering for the Girl Scouts to name a few. All the while keeping a lovely home and yard and looking after the four children.

Some of her treasured friends on Long Island were the McHugh’s, the Colby’s, the Knettel’s, the Candia’s, the Sebastiano’s, the Sussman’s, the Leas’, the McGuire’s, the Pasteur’s and the Nodland’s just to name a few.

Once the children were grown, Barbara decided to move from N.Y., at age 50, for a great adventure in Florida. She visited longtime N.Y. pal, Gloria Hendry in Miami as well as relatives in the West Palm area and New Smyrna Beach. Her cousins wintered and some settled in New Smyrna, Gert and Bus Purick, Herbert and Ruth Luther and Connie and Bob Dost. She fell in love with New Smyrna Beach in 1979 and lived there for the next 40 years, again creating a beautiful home and yard and making many wonderful friendships along the way. Barbara always had friends of all ages and was a confidant to many, her younger friends called her “The Hippie Grandma”.

Some of Barbara’s treasured friends from Florida were Clarayne McCaffrey, Lynne Zielinski, Danielle Leblanc, Tanya and David Wyanski, Sherry Gerwig, Mike Sciatta, Chris Harris, Michael Krages, Debbie Ripley, Jana Caylor, Barb Hendry (Mike), Nancy Ellis (Charlie), neighbor Mike Calhoun and all of her co-op friends.

Barbara was passionate about healthy living and eating. She was a voracious reader on the subject. She founded the Good Food Co-Op with friends as a resource for affordable health foods in the Southeast Volusia area. She co-chaired the organization for 30 years. She was also a clerk at Scotty’s Home Improvement in New Smyrna Beach for 10 years until her retirement.

She loved gardening, birdwatching, reading, cooking, sewing, art, interior design, home remodeling, good conversation and at 5 p.m., a nice vodka on the rocks. At 92 she was still sharp as a tack and up on current events and many other topics.

Barbara will be so missed by family and friends, she was kind and warm-hearted and was always ready to help those in need. She taught us all well and we will honor her legacy. She was unique and one-of-a-kind and we are so very grateful to have had her in our lives.

Breathe free and eat all the bad stuff, fly high Mama!

A private service will be held at a later date at the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery in Gainesville, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to a charity of your choice in Barbara’s honor.


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  1. 28 May 2020
    David Sear says:
    I’m really going to miss Barbara. She was a great friend to my better half Tanya.....and I was fortunate to become friends with her by virtue of their relationship. I thought Barbara was a real treasure. I was always amazed by her desire to stay young, hip, and current. I looked more forward to talking to her than most of my friends my age! I especially loved when out of the blue a text would show up from Barbara with a handful of emojis at the end. I would think to myself.... what a cool lady! She loved old cars and I was having my parents’ car that I grew up with restored. Every time Tanya or I talked to her, she wanted to know how the car was coming along. Many times she said she had her outfit picked out for our ride. Unfortunately we got the car back just as the whole Corona virus situation unfolded and we didn’t get to take Barbara for a ride in the Galaxie. It’s nice having the car back, but it would be so much nicer had we been able to give Barbara her ride. We’ll miss you sweet Barbara. Rest In Peace.

  2. 28 May 2020
    Tanya Wyanski says:
    I am so grateful to have had a friend like Barbara. I first met her through the Good Food Co-op and she made me feel like part of the family the first time I walked into a meeting. I was struggling with food sensitivities at the time, and I enjoyed and appreciated talking with her about recipes as well as alternative medicine. She always had something good to share from one of the many books in her library. Anytime I stopped by she always had something for me to take home...flowers from her garden or something good to eat. Her blueberry crisp was one of my favorites! She was a kind thoughtful soul and I will forever miss her. Rest In Peace.

  3. 22 May 2020
    Danielle LeBlanc says:
    The Great Spirit of all that is Life has been waiting to escort you with gentle arms and Loving heart, as you make the transition to His arms to begin your new Life with Him in a place beyond all that is imaginable. Your new place will be Of the universe , In the universe ,with all that is pure and good and decent, to give back to You all that You gave to this world You lived in. Between Here and There, is a garden, I will meet you there, and we will continue our laughter, as we have through the wonderful years we have shared. I will miss you my friend, but I will never forget what we shared and I will always have all the fabulous books you sent me , to read and peruse at leisure , remembering you AT ALL TIMES. So long, I'll be seeing you......

  4. 21 May 2020
    jana caylor lit a candle:
    Lit since May 21, 2020 at 5:22:46 PM

  5. 21 May 2020
    jana caylor says:
    To my lovely Barbara,
    I am so sorry to learn that you have earned your "true" wings. You were a wonderful and uplifting light in my life. I loved our phone call meetings, our 1 hour long chats, text messages, your research and advice, our lunch dates, and all things produce. You have no idea just how much I love you and will miss you. Fly high beautiful one!

  6. 14 May 2020
    Lisa Deignan posted an image:
    Lisa, Nana, Mom and Great Grandma
    Lisa, Nana, Mom and Great Grandma

  7. 14 May 2020
    Lisa Deignan posted an image:
    Lisa and Mom
    Lisa and Mom

  8. 14 May 2020
    Lisa Deignan posted an image:
    Chris and Mom
    Chris and Mom

  9. 14 May 2020
    Lisa Deignan posted an image:
    Grammy and Jet
    Grammy and Jet

  10. 14 May 2020
    Lisa Deignan posted an image:
    Lana and gram
    Lana and gram

  11. 14 May 2020
    Lisa Deignan posted an image:
    Janet, Bobby & Barbara
    Janet, Bobby & Barbara

  12. 14 May 2020
    Lisa Deignan posted an image:
    School Days
    School Days

  13. 13 May 2020
    Sheri Dunn lit a candle:
    Lit since May 13, 2020 at 5:22:23 PM

  14. 11 May 2020
    Barbara Hendry says:
    Barbara was the dearest of friends to my mother, Gloria Hendry, and to me. She and my Mom had lots of fun together- they were both so gregarious and life-loving (and friends for over 69 years). Barbara was so supportive to her, and to me, during my Mom's long physical and mental decline - I will never forget the generosity and love she showed us. Barbara was a one-of-a-kind, extraordinary person and an inspiration to me -- I am blessed to have known her and will sorely miss her. My deep condolences to her family and many friends.

  15. 11 May 2020
    Lyn Saberg says:
    In Memory of my dear cousin Barbara.. Many years have passed since we visited in person, but I so enjoyed our phone conversations. Rest in peace Barbara, you have earned a special place in heaven. Lyn

  16. 11 May 2020
    Marilyn Wilson says:
    I met Barbara when she was operating the NSB faction of the Good Food Market in the 70's. I was one of the original founders of the Good Food Market natural food coop in Daytona Beach. Barbara was always open, funny, and treated everyone as is they were family. She always came to our monthly cover dish dinners and shared her great healthy food. I will always have fond memories when I think of her life in the physical world and now I think of her as dancing with the angels. May she rest in peace.

  17. 11 May 2020
    Sherry & Randy Haire says:
    I remember Barbara carting me back and forth to the beach in 1982. She didn't know me well, but never complained. She was a gentle soul, very knowledgeable about everything, and always thinking of others. I still have the beautiful jewelry cabinet she gave me . She will be surely missed but we will see her in Heaven.

  18. 07 May 2020
    Elizabeth Deignan posted an image:
    James, Gram and Jared
    James, Gram and Jared

  19. 07 May 2020
    Elizabeth Deignan posted an image:
    The Gals
    The Gals

  20. 07 May 2020
    Elizabeth Deignan posted an image:
    La Familia
    La Familia

  21. 07 May 2020
    Elizabeth Deignan posted an image:
    Mom's birthday
    Mom's birthday

  22. 06 May 2020
    Noreen Ryan says:
    I chose a cobalt blue candle for Barbara aka “Maw”. Reminds me of the cobalt blue glass collection in one of her gardens.I am so proud to have belonged to her.I was so blessed to be nurtured by her all of my life. She will be sorely missed but never ever forgotten. May she Rest In Peace.

  23. 06 May 2020
    Noreen Ryan says:
    I chose the cobalt blue candle for Barbara aka “Maw “to me. A title reserved only for me to use as her “Bonus Daughter”. I am so proud to have belonged to her. Her loving spirt has nurtured me all of my life . Life has been softened and happier for me because of her. She will be sorely missed and never forgotten.

  24. 06 May 2020
    Noreen Ryan lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2020 at 5:31:53 PM

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