On February 26, 2023, Barbara Lea McKelvy passed away peacefully at Cornerstone Hospice after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She will be missed by many and remembered as a very selfless individual who radiated love and compassion. You never heard her speak badly about anyone. She only saw the good.
Barbie grew up in the Blue Ash, Ohio and excelled in everything she did starting at an early age. At Sycamore High School she was in the Honor Society, captain of the Flyerettes cheerleading group, and homecoming princess. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1970 with a degree in physical therapy. In 1978, Barbie and a partner co- founded Northside Physical Therapy (NPT), and she was elected president. During its operating years, the business expanded to eight locations throughout Central Ohio and became the largest “out of hospital” PT operation in the region. Barbie also served on Ohio State’s Medical College Board and her business was written up in the college’s annual magazine. After 17 years NPT was purchased by Nova Care, a national company. Barbie joined the Nova Care team as vice president of PT practices and operations. She received the coveted Chairman’s award for her 20 years of service in physical therapy. Barbie finished her PT career working with the State of Ohio’s PT Association lobbying for Education and Research grants. While Barbie was recognized for her PT skills, particularly as a McKinsey certified specialist in back and neck modalities, she was mostly known for her loving nature – by patients and staff members alike. Her constant gift of joy and love for others will never be forgotten.
In 2007, Barbie and her husband, Rick, retired to The Villages in central Florida. She became a dancer with the Music in Motion dance Troupe and performed in numerous Savanna Center musical productions. She also joined the Sweet Potato Queens and participated in many charity events and parades, dressed to the 9’s of course. Barbie so enjoyed The Villages and dancing was her favorite activity. A special note to our Village friends, and neighbors. Your loving support allowed Barbie to have many happy days while she progressed through her illness. Thank you, Villagers.
Barbie was passionate about caring for her family. She cherished her time with parents, siblings, and friends in Cincinnati, Ohio and loved spoiling her nephews and nieces. She leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Rick, the love of her life. Also, her sister and brother-in-law Sandie and Dan Bloomfield. She will be missed by her nephew Jared Shaw and his son Logan and daughter Megan; Joe Shaw and his wife Ann and daughters Ava and Cora; Vickie Fusselman and her husband Andy and children Jack and Olivia; Steven Shaw and his wife Lindsey and their 3 girls Mia, Hanna and Stella; Alex Shaw and his husband Steven, Debbie Shaw, (John’s wife) her son Adam and his wife Lindsey and 2 children Jack and Izzie and her daughter Chrissie and husband Josh. Barbie was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Ed and Shirley Shaw and her brother’s John and Steven Shaw.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or The Cancer Society.
A Celebration of Life will be held in The Villages at Laurel Manor on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-430-1449. Sentiments are encouraged at www.baldwincremation.com.
1985 Laurel Manor Dri ve, The Villages, FL 32162
I am so sorry for your loss. I would not be the therapist and leader I am today without her influence in my life she will forever be in my heart.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Barbara was one of the few women that had that charm on the inside and the exterior. We are thinking of you at this time and the months to come.
Mike and Kathy Levi
I’m so sorry about Barb, I know we haven’t seen each other for a very long time and I know she was having some serious problems but I’ve never stop thinking about you two.
I’m sorry it’s such a loss for all of us. But mostly for you Rick. We have wonderful times to remember.
Such a beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul ❤️ You are in my heart during this difficult time. May you find some peace in your 47 years of memories.
With lots of love,
Terri Holland (Garmise)
So sorry for the loss of beautiful Barb. We have so many fun memories. Praying for peace and comfort.
Jean and Jim Claflin
Sarah Hoodin Capucini
We send our deepest condolences for the passing of beloved Barb. We remember her as a beautiful, lively, and loving person who brightened up every room. Her spirit will be remembered by all who were fortunate to know her. We send our prayers for your sense of peace and comfort in the days ahead.