Barbara Gordon

Barbara Fried Gordon, of Statesville, passed away, Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Gordon was born in Boston, MA and was the daughter of the late Samuel and Irene Fried. She was an honor graduate of Newton High School in Boston and also attended Mitchell College in Statesville. On July 22, 1951, she was married to Ellis Lippman Gordon, who preceded her in death on August 2, 1993. She was a member of the Congregation Temple Emanuel of Statesville, where she had been a former President of the Ladies Auxiliary and was a teacher in her synagogue’s religious school.

She was very active in the community, being a Girl Scout leader, having served on the board of the Statesville Arts & Science Museum and was a founding member of the Statesville Little Theatre. She taught French at Statesville Montessori School, was everyone’s favorite substitute teacher in the Statesville/ Iredell County Schools and also served as a Volunteer Teachers Assistant at Avery Sherrill School. She was the Vice President of the PTO and fundraising chairman at N.B. Mills School. She touched many lives and “Love” was her favorite word, both in deed and action. She was a very giving person and equality in all aspects of life was very important to her.

Everyone who knew Barbara will remember her generous heart, caring and kindness to all. She never missed a chance to extend a kind gesture. She had a great sense of humor and was a loyal friend to all. She loved children – no matter what age they were. She was an elegant lady with excellent taste and also a generous hostess. Barbara loved her family deeply and missed her husband, Ellis, during her years of widowhood. She was extremely proud of her sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was close to her nephews and nieces.

Mrs. Gordon is survived by two sons, Barry S. Gordon and wife, Anna of Statesville, Mark A. Gordon and wife, Terry of Greer, SC, three grandchildren, Kathryn Gordon Evans (Andrew) of Fort Mill, SC, Zachary Gordon of Statesville, Morrow Gordon and fiancé, Caity Sigler of Statesville, one great grandson, Grayson Evans, three step-grandchildren, Megan Kilby (Brent), Erin Cox (Ryan), Samuel Hughes, four step great grandchildren, one sister, Norma F. Lurie of Tampa, FL, special friends, Marlene Morrison, Sallie Vallereux, Hanna Adler and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in Oakwood Cemetery with  Rabbi Murray Ezring officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Congregation Temple Emanuel on Kelly St., Statesville, NC.

Active pallbearers will be Andrew Evans, Richard Gordon, Robert Gordon, Louis Gordon, Lee Pake and Bernie Sandler. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Roger and Siryina Hatharasinghe, Craig Gordon, Don and Sallie Vallereux, Howard and Hanna Adler, Daniel and Lupita Moore, Staff of Sherrie’s In-Home Care, Marlene Morrison and Maggie Coley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of the Piedmont, 1001 Cochran St. Statesville, NC 28677 and online condolences may be made to the family at

The family would like to express their grateful appreciation to Dr. Roger Hatharasinghne, Dr. Naim Bouhussein, along with Melinda Sherril, nurse practitioner, Sherrie’s In Home Care, Nurses and Doctors at Iredell Memorial Hospital for their loving care of Mrs. Gordon.

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Barbara Gordon.

“She had a unique and inspirational personality that left a lasting impression on everyone she met” – Hanna Adler

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