Barbara Forgione Tansey, 75, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2023, after a sudden onset of acute myeloid leukemia. Barbara was surrounded by family and a caring medical team at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. She was born April 16, 1948, in New York, NY, the daughter of Ajera “Jean” and Donato “Dan” Forgione.
Barbara grew up in Fairfax, VA, and earned her B.A. in English/Secondary Education from the University of Mary Washington. During her teaching career, she was an adult education instructor at the U.S. Army Education Center at Ft. Meade, MD. For nearly 15 years, Barbara served as an executive assistant at Group 1 Software.
On August 8, 1970, Barbara married the love of her life, Bruce Merriman Tansey. They welcomed a daughter Lisa in 1974. Barbara was a devoted military spouse for 42 years, and while Bruce served his country in the U.S. Army for 25 years, the family lived in North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Germany, and Maryland.
During early retirement in Loudon, TN, Barbara and Bruce traveled the world, spent days on the lake in their boat, and were members of the Tellico Village Retired Military Club. She volunteered with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and taught English as a second language to local high school students.
She loved the Lord and her family and will be remembered for her thoughtfulness and caring nature, generous heart, gourmet cooking, and love of pineapple themed decor. Barbara treated friends like family and her warm and loving personality was a comfort to many. After Bruce’s passing in 2012, Barbara moved to Chesapeake to be near family and watch her grandson grow. She was a member of her neighborhood’s Red Hat Society, delighted in gardening, volunteered at her grandson’s school, and enjoyed monthly senior luncheons at River Oak Church. Barbara was well known by neighbors as mom to her fur baby Maggie, a rescue dog who she adored and spoiled. When hosting family dinners, Barbara displayed a handwritten menu for guests. Baking brought her joy, and she was famous for her holiday desserts and baklava.
Barbara had a tremendous impact in this world and will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Corris, her husband Craig, and beloved grandson Bodie Jones.
A memorial service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held at a later date. Barbara was a four-time cancer survivor who leaves a legacy of strength and grace. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Barbara’s honor to the American Cancer Society.