Barbara Speight Ortis

Profile Updated: February 10, 2017
Residing In: Sandy, UT USA
Children: Carter born 1975 was in the Marines during peace time and only broke a leg playing football in Okinawa.

John More…born 1975 joined the Army 6 months ago and broke 1 leg so they sent him home for 30 day rehab then back and they put him back in Combat Training and he broke the other leg in 2 places so he ended up being discharged with a 40% disability. He is now a Police officer in the little town that I live in.

I love "our" country and I am very patrtiotic but my prayers were answered when he was discharged with 3 small children. I have had a totally different attitude since Holly was killed his first week in Nam. God bless the women and men that were in the military in the past, present and future and pray for the wars of the world to stop. My father, brother & sons can say they voluntered to do what they could....
Current Occupation: IT Health Care Computer Consultant
Grandchildren:

5 = 2 boys born in 2008; 3 girls ages 6, 10 and 17

School Story:

I moved to JT at the end of the 10th grade.

I have nothing but great memories of JT except for Mike Carter & Holly Langhums deaths.

The formal dances, the sock hops after the Friday night home games (and the fresh soap smell of Mike after the guys took their showers and came down to dance)

Parking at Lake Tyler wasn't so bad either.

My baton sits behind my bedroom door - it is all I have left of JT memories. I lost everything after my mother got killed. No pictures and no annuals. I have lost everything - so if you have any school pictures of me I would love to get copies.

Comments:

Was an ICU nurse for 15 years went back to college and got a BS in Mgt and started consulting with Healthcare Software. My contracts are usually 6 months so I move around about every 6 months but have a home at Lake LBJ. Been single for over 25 years...still looking for a good man - he doesn't have to be perfect...just no false teeth or hair rags!

I have been taking Ballroom dance lessons and love them!

My mother was killed in a car wreck the Thanksgiving after graduation - "Mother Mason" was kind enough to put a book in the JT library in her memory.

I biked down the Danube with 40 people a few years ago for 8 days and over 150 miles.

I am currently working from home for Hewlett Packard designing/customizing the HP Medicaid System for the state of Ohio. Well, this project is finished so I am looking for my next contract back on the road....it is very lonely to work from home.

I now have a 'steady' guy and love him dearly - but we are just opposites!




I have 5 grandchildren. 2 boys born in 2008 just 1 month apart. 3 girls age 5,9 &16 in 2010. My 5 year old namesake is the joy of my life! The other 2 girls are step grandchildren ages 9 & 16 but that doesn't matter. There is a bond with Aydin Jo that is so awesome - she just can't understand "where" Grammy was when I was traveling.

States Visited in America the Beautiful:

HI, TX, LA, CA, GA, SD, MA, MN, MD, AZ - I worked in alll of these states and many cities in them.

I have been to most states but have the really cold Northern states on the water...I went to Alaska in the drizzly rain & 23 hours of daylight.

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Aug 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

wow - our senior pictures look a lot alike!!

Aug 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM

HAPPY - HAPPY - HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a beautiful person that I am pleased to call my friend. BFF

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Have a great birthday and many more!

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Taken February 2011.
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I just went to get 3 inches cut off and they took 6! So this picture is now "old"...
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January 2010
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Thanks to Lillie & Rhonda for my 40th Reunion photo shot!