Barbara Ann (Bruce) Luton

Born: Sat., Jan. 7, 1939
Died: Tue., Jul. 15, 2014


Thu., Jul. 17, 2014
Location: Reception Following Service

Funeral Mass

11:30 AM Thu., Jul. 17, 2014
Location: Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church

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Barbara Ann Bruce Luton

Barbara Ann Bruce Luton passed away, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at her home with her family by her side. She was born in Havre, Montana on January 7, 1939 to the late Gordon Edgar Bruce and Veronica Elaine Howell Bruce. She graduated from Edmonds High School in 1957 and attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and Seattle University in Seattle, Washington.  She married Donald Caddens Bird on St. Patrick’s Day 1962 in California. She was a homemaker raising three children while living in California, Virginia, and Connecticut.  She married Charles Luton (Chuck) in 1990, traveled extensively throughout the world, and settled back in Washington State on Harstene Island, where she lived a wonderful life for many years.   Following the death of her late husband, Chuck, she moved to Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee in 2009 to live next door to her son, Bruce, and his family.  All of her life she loved her family and friends, and enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing bridge, watching sports, and hiking in the great outdoors. She was a member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church in Greensboro and an active Eucharistic minister.

Barbara is survived by her sons, Brian Donald Bird and wife Virginia of Centreville, VA; Bruce Caddens Bird and wife Kristine of Greensboro, GA and her daughter, Rebecca Ann Tarantino and husband Tony of Pleasanton, CA; her sisters, Marilyn Jo Maxum and husband Bernard, Carol Elaine Van Parys and husband Roger, and Toni Lee Florimonte and husband Vito; her grandchildren, Nicholas Davis, Nathan Davis, Natalie Tarantino and Rachel Bird; her step-children Scott and Todd Luton, and her step-grandchildren Megan, Justin, Christopher, Derek, Nathan, and Nicole.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, in Greensboro with Father Bill Williams officiating. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service, in the church’s Sacred Heart Social Hall.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Putnam LifeSource or Habitat for Humanity Putnam.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA  (706) 453-2626 is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Carolyn Long (Burgdorf)
   Posted Fri July 18, 2014
So sorry for this great loss. I knew Barbara & Chuck while living at Hartstene Pointe and have many wonderful memories of times spent with them. Barbara was such a joy to know. I am so glad she was a part of my life.

Terry Hutchinson
   Posted Sat July 19, 2014
From all the Tupper family on Harstine Island, especially my father Walt, who spent many happy occasions with Barbara & Chuck~ we mourn her passing and will miss her terribly.

Nancy & Balt Manibog
   Posted Sat July 19, 2014
We are part of the Tupper family. Our hearts are broken. We will miss your beautiful smile and great laugh whenever we visit. Your Hawaiian family has so many wonderful memories, especially our grandchildren, Tyler, Bryanna and Kennedy. Aloha Nuo Loa. Ke Akua pu a hui hou.

Susan Law
   Posted Wed July 23, 2014
I was so sad to hear about Mrs. Barbara. She was a customer of mine at Publix.It was always a joy to see her and will miss her so much. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Chris, Camille, Jennifer & Sam Kelling
   Posted Sun December 21, 2014
We are very sorry to hear of Barbara's passing, and express our condolences. She was a marvelous person. We got to know her and Chuck when they lived on Harstine Island next to our family cabin, and in many ways she was a wonderful 'grandmother' to our kids on weekends that we visited our cabin and saw her. She is dearly missed by us.

Chris, Camille, Jennifer and Sam Kelling

Christine MacLean
   Posted Fri April 15, 2016
I met Barbara at Edmonds High School, Edmonds Washington where we were on the debate team. I've remembered her all these years because she was a uniquely lovely, sunny, and kind person. I'm so sorry that she is gone from this earth. She'll hold a special place in my memory forever.