Barbara Louise Briski Carmel Wieser, 88, of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 30, 2021, at Ozark Health Nursing Center in Clinton, Arkansas with her daughter Sue Parks and granddaughter Mary Parks Medlock at her side. Barbara was born on January 29, 1933, in Goshen, New York to Eleanor Volock and Michael Briski.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Sonny Briski and Michael Briski of New York. Also, preceding her in death were her former spouses Joseph Carmel SR. Of Mississippi and Walter Wieser of Nevada.
During Barbara’s working career she wore many hats. Beginning her career in the foodservice industry as a cashier, a bartender, and at the Sahara-Tahoe Casino in Lake Tahoe, she was a sous chef. Barbara was a waitress in various cities throughout the United States. While working at country clubs in Palm Springs, California, she had the pleasure to wait on many celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Randolph Scott, Greer Garson, and Yvonne Decarlo. Frank Sinatra called mom “Angel Eyes” and left her a tip that paid her next month's rent. He also flew mom and a hostess on his private jet to San Francisco, California for a shopping spree. Before retiring in 1998 at which time she moved to Arkansas from New Jersey. Barbara worked for RMS Technologies at FFA Tech Center in Atlantic City, NJ for many years. She was a senior administrative assistant to the program manager and answered to the “Top Dogs.” Here she took under her wings a new employee, “Yassar.” They built a lasting friendship and even though miles separated them, they remained in contact and lifelong friends. There is no other friend as special to mom as Yassar.
Mom enjoyed cooking, doing jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and would beat you every time at Scrabble. She enjoyed watching game shows and was an avid movie watcher. She had a wealth of knowledge regarding actors and actresses which made conversations interesting. Barbara loved hummingbirds and cardinals, who she named, and especially loved butterflies. She was extremely intelligent and organized. She did not procrastinate when a job needed to be done, it was done expeditiously.
Mom never met a stranger and the one thing everyone always said about mom was that she had a beautiful smile and sweet disposition. Her optimism was unprecedented. Mom always looked for the good in everyone and every situation no matter how bad or difficult it was.
Left to cherish Barbara’s memory are her sister Grace Mills of Nevada, her daughter and caregiver, Sue Parks of Arkansas; daughters Karen Carmel Bardsley of Nevada; Julie Mills of Missouri; sons; Joseph Carmel and Todd Carmel of Mississippi and Mark Carmel of Texas. Grandchildren; Joe Norris, Matt Parks, David Parks, Mary Parks Medlock, Kaitlyn Mills, Michelle Guy, and Michael Carmel,
Great-grandchildren are Amrie Mills, Bailey Tatum, Tavor Tatum, Layton Parks, Jack Parks, Maverick Parks, Joey Norris, David Norris, Timmy Norris, Drake Medlock, Samantha Medlock, Kate Guy, and Jackson Guy,
Niece Cyndi Mills and Nephew Robbie Mills and others.
Barbara lived a full life and fought for every second of life that God allowed her. We will miss you.
A come and go celebration of life visitation will be held Friday, September 10, 2021, from 4:30-6:30 PM at Clinton Funeral Service, 218 HWY 65B, Clinton, Arkansas 72031.
Out of respect for the family, we are asking that masks be worn for all attending.
To sign the online guestbook please visit the Memory Wall on this page.
Clinton Funeral Service has the honor of being entrusted with these arrangements.