Barbara Jane Mehner

Barbara Jane Mehner

May 05, 1958 - August 31, 2005

Barbara Jane Mehner

May 05, 1958 - August 31, 2005


It is impossible to relate in words the impact Barbara Jane Jamison Mehner had on her family, the community around her, and the world as a whole. She spread joy wherever she went, inspiring those around her with unconditional love and compassion. Whether it was in a doctor’s office or at the local elementary school or at a church activity, Barbara Mehner’s gentle and bright countenance served as a window to us all of our Savior Jesus Christ. In her forty seven years here on earth, she helped those who had the privilege to be in contact with her feel a little bit closer to heaven.
Barb graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Humanities and a minor in Spanish. During her college years she served in humanitarian programs in Israel and Guatemala. She was married on August 15, 1980 in the Los Angeles Temple for time and all eternity to Glenn Robert Mehner. At church she served in several callings, including Young Women’s president, Primary president, girl’s camp director, and most recently, taught early morning seminary to teenagers. She was a devoted wife and remarkable mother to her four daughters, Brooke Marie, Shannon Elizabeth, Meredith Lynn, and Allyson Bren; teaching and inspiring through the love and passion she had for life and the gospel of Jesus Christ. She loved all of the arts, and founded Arroyo Vista Children’s Theater nonprofit organization in order to help elementary school kids discover their inner potential for greatness. Through the 12 productions she directed, the last one while she was in the midst of rigorous chemotherapy, she touched a countless number of children’s and parent’s lives and taught us all to believe in our ?possibilities?.
Barb fought stage four Melanoma cancer valiantly for the past ten months and endured excruciating pain with dignity, compassion and love. Though she will be missed dearly by all those who had the privilege to know her, the pain is eased through the knowledge that her family will see her once again. ?These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.? John 16:33 We love Barb and thank the Lord for the precious years we shared with her.

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53 responses to Barbara Jane Mehner

  1. My love and condolences to all the family. My ties with Barb go back to the Israel Group of 77-78. She was always a shining light!

  2. Dear Mehner Family,

    What a joy it has been to be blessed by Barb’s friendship for 27 years! We met during our 1978 BYU Study Abroad Program to Israel. It was the most inspiring experience of a life time!! I will always remember Barb’s beautiful and sweet countenance. She was lots of fun, cheerful, and positive,……and as lovely on the inside as on the outside. Her wonderful zest for life was contagious as was her smile and laughter!

    Though I have lived on the east coast for the past 22 years, and she on the west coast, the bonds between our Israel family have remained strong and true and will go on into the eternities. You have now been “adopted” into our Israel family. I feel so fortunate to have visited with Barb in CA this past May with a few other’s from our “Israel connection”. We love her so!! It was heartwarming to share past experiences of our study abroad together, to laugh, and to see her smile thru her pain. What an example of strength and faith she was to us all!!

    A beautiful Eskimo legend says: “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky…but, rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.” I know she is nearby and watching over you all, waiting for your wonderful reunion! I pray that you will have sufficient faith, understanding, and strength to sustain you as you are separated for a short while. You remain in our prayers. Shalom & God bless!

    Sincerely, Leslie McGowan

  3. till we meet again…

  4. Shanna Moore says:

    Dear Glen, Brooke, Shannon, DiDi & Aly,
    It is an honor to be related to such a wonderful family. Glen yours and Barbies attitude, understanding, and remarkable faith are an inspiration to all of us.
    I know that when someone finishes their work on earth and moves on, it is a very spiritual, peaceful experience, kowing what we know.
    But they will still be sorely missed,You have our deepest sympathy
    God bless you all!!
    We all love you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Shanna, Arnold, Brad & Brett

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