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Barbara Ann Oyster

Monday, July 27, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Barbara Ann Oyster, 81, of 12500 Covenant Way, Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at the Doey's House.

Born Wednesday, November 16, 1938 in Wilkensburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late William Coleman Denny and the late Mary Elizabeth (Osborne) Denny.

Barbara attended  Strayer University in Washington DC,  Catonsville Community College and Hagerstown Community College. She was employed with C&P Telephone Company and then later with the Federal Trade Commission. She was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, where she served on numerous committee's. Barbara was a member of the Friendship Quilters Guild, she also volunteered with the Grandparent Volunteer Program at Paramount Elementary School.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years Dr. A. Thomas Oyster; daughter, Linda Sue Sies and husband Gary of Waynesboro, PA; two sons, Jeffery Thomas Oyster and wife Marie of Hagerstown, MD, Todd William Oyster and wife Karen of Hagerstown, MD; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Barbot and husband Charles of Mt. Airy, MD, Harriett Goldman and husband Steve of Oxford, MD; brother, William C. Denny and wife Nadine of Mt. Airy, MD; thirteen grandchildren, Jennifer Blankenship, Laura Lancaster, Kayla Mackrell, Jennifer Donius, Kristin Boyd, Jessica Halverson, Morgan Morris, Danielle Unger, Andrew Oyster, Joshua Moats, Brandon Oyster, Caroline Holt and Rachel Moats and numerous great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Richard H. Oyster of Mebane, NC.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Lynn Moats and brother, John Denny.

Services will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 1:00 pm, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, with Chaplain Duane R. Musgrove officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, July 27, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Karen Lynn (Oyster) Moats Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Hagerstown Community College 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742 or the Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church, Inc. 3300 Gaither Road, Baltimore, MD 21244.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Dear Josh and all of Mrs. Oyster's Family, Having Mrs. Oyster as a Grandparent Volunteer at Paramount Elementary School was such a pleasure. She was always so gentle and kind to all the children. Her support and assistance were so appreciated. She was a true blessing to all she touched. May peace be with you. Love always, Jodi Spickler

Jodi Spickler
Hagerstown, Maryland

Mom, It's the day after your funeral & I miss you soooo much. You fought so hard but I believe that are in the best place now where you ca rest and be at peace. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS!!!

Linda Sies
waynesboro, PA

Dear Tom and Family, Due to circumstances I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the services today and tomorrow. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. We have lost a beautiful lady.

Barbara Kercheval
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Tom, Josh and family, I am so saddened to see the news of Barbara’s death. I know you all loved her very much and will miss her terribly. She was always so kind to me whenever we met. Your lives will forever be changed, but she has left her indelible mark on your hearts and souls. She is finally with Karen and I know the reunion was sweet. All my love to you both. Lucy

Lucy Folino
Greencastle, PA

So sorry to hear the passing of Barbara. She was a lovely person and we enjoyed her company and enjoyed talking with her. She will be greatly missed.

John and Jean Harkrader
Hagerstown, Maryland

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Uncle Tom, Linda, Jeff, Todd and all of your significant others and your children and grandchildren. It’s a difficult thing to loose someone as special and caring as sweet Barbara. She was a loving and compassionate human being who had to endure many emotional pains and troubles in her life. We were all blessed and better off for having her in our lives. I know just how difficult it is to loose such a wonderful parent. My dad died of the same illness over twenty three years ago. The pain can be overwhelming, but know that you’re loved and allow yourself whatever time you need to grieve and remember her. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. However you remember her and grieve for her is just perfect. ❤️ Love and hugs, David and Bob Hernandez-Simpson

David Simpson
Cape Coral, FL

Margie Staten
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Dear Tommy and Oyster Family, I am very sad to learn of Barbara’s passing; my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Many of my fondest childhood memories center around Oyster family gatherings. Christmas breakfast at our farm; picnics at the pond in Highland and later at the farm on Kent Island; and all of the assorted gatherings at Granny Dingers, Judy and Jack’s and your place. As I think back over the years, Barbara was always a rock of sanity and compassion. She always had a warm smile and a kind word. As I have looked from a distance, you and Barbara became the patriarch and matriarch of quite an amazing family. I honestly don’t know just how many descendants there are. Most of my knowledge comes from FaceBook; so many wonderful loving photographs and so many wonderful comments about how much Barbara was loved. It is hard to think about Barbara without acknowledging her devotion to Karen so many years after her death. I think we can say that Barbara lived a full and wonderful life. She will live on in our many memories. May you ultimately have peace and fulfillment as you adjust to life without her. Sincerely and With Love, George

George J. Simpson Jr.
York, PA

To a wonderful lady and friend. Will always hold our memories of Quilting together dear to my heart. Bless your family at this time.

Judy Noland
Hagerstown, MD

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