She is my late sister, she was a people person, who worked at the first AIDS Hospice is S.F., she cared for every person regardless of their lifestyle, she never judged but accepted, helped and loved each man and later woman stricken with AIDS back in the 80's (and well into 2006); when gays were being rejected because of the disease. She was the life-force behind Peter Claver and everyone clung to her, her bright smile, her laughter, her wisdom, her affection, her courage,her strength, her correction and her giving nature helped hundreds of stricken men and women even when their own families refused to have anything to do with them, as they lay dying. Barbara Jean taught me how not to fear AIDS but to see each one afflicted with it as a human being and not as someone diseased and to love them. She passed away Aug. 27,2010 from pnuemonia. No one will ever be able to replace her.
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