February 13, 1943 ~ October 29, 2022

Born in: Poughkeepsie, NY
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Barb Louise Kinsey Saunders, 79, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, Barb was a daughter of the late Roy and Louise Kinsey. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Kathi Jackson, and brother, Bruce Kinsey.

Barb worked for many years as the photographer at the New Asheville Speedway and for NASCAR and the Dash Series.

She is survived by her daughters, Shari Reaves (Jim) and Patti Rastetter (Bob); and grandchildren, Lindsey and Derek Rastetter, Brooke R. Jud (Nicholas) and Lauren Reaves.

A celebration of Barb’s life will be held in the Spring.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Shri I talk with your Mom not long ago I well miss her I love working with her at Poor’s flowers shop on the week In and we had a lot off fun she well be miss by all sending prays you way

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Ms. Barbโ€™s passing. Losing someone so dear is devastating, and no words can ever really relieve that pain. But to help, We wish you courage and healing during these toughest of days. Our thoughts and heart are with you during this time. so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the many happy memories that you made together be a consolation today and all the days ahead. I send you my sincere condolences and sympathies. Our family always thought the world of Ms. Barb.we are holding you all in our hearts and standing with you in your time of loss. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

  3. So sorry to hear of our loss I remember Barb when we had businesses side by side on hwy. 25. Barb had Barbs bouquets and I had the Beauty Salon next door. Have not seen her for awhile but we shared some good times. . R.I.P

  4. My deepest sympathies to Barb and her family. We had so many great times together and when I saw her great work at New Ashville Speedway and wanting a great photographer to support the Goody’s Dash Series, Barb was the one I asked and she accepted the challenge. Her work was beyond approach and she made Stars and Hero’s out of so many drivers. A true professional and friend and she will be missed. RIP Barb and know your life and work was rewarding to so many. Thank You Barb.

  5. This makes me so sad . Barb was a instrumental part of me moving down south and my career in Nascar. She even let me stay with her and helped me get my first apartment. . I am and always will be grateful for all she did for me .She was one of the greatest people Iโ€™ve ever known .

  6. Iโ€™m saddened to see the passing of Barb๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’”I have many fond memories of both she and Kathi at KRIEGER SCHOOL in Poughkeepsie as classmates๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’
    May her Beloved Soul rejoice in The House of The Lord๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ•Š

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Ms. Barbโ€™s passing, yet I rejoice she is in Heaven and her body is healed and made new. I look forward to a wonderful reunion with her, one sweet day! I have many lovely memories of her working in my classroom helping my students with reading. She was so dedicated and faithful, and loved celebrating their success with them. I enjoyed her stories of an adventurous life and I appreciated her support and compassion for my job as a teacher and I appreciated her friendship. She will be greatly missed. My prayers are with your family.

  8. Shari and Patti,so very sorry to hear about your Mom.We had many fun times together while I was working with her at Barb’s Bouquets on Hendesonville hwy. Started buying anyday bouquets from her when she had her shop on Sweeten creek rd. Sending deepest condolences to you all.With much love Janet Feldbusch

  9. I met your Mom when she worked at Poors Florist next to my showroom on Haywood Rd. She was a really sweet lady. I went to craft shows and always bought some of her Beautiful crocheted items. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family. May she rest in peace.

  10. โ€œLet not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.โ€

    John 14:1-4

    Love you Barb! Thank you for your friendship of nearly 40 years. ๐Ÿ’•

  11. Shari and family, so sorry to hear that your mom has passed away. I remember her coming to our family reunions. Praying for your family during this time of grief. Beverly and Jack Holland

  12. I have so many fond memories of Barb. Her many late nights at the flower shop trying to get orders out so she could go to the races somewhere. I worked at the sheriffs Dept at time and I would always check on her. We had so many laughs and a lifetime of fond memories. Patti Shari and your families that she was so proud of, my prayers for you

  13. I first met Barb when we were in elementary school – she at Krieger, me at Clinton. In high school, we became friends and shared some great times with others (her sister, Lois Feierabend, Joey Piazza). One memory from those days was walking down Wilbur Blvd to the Cider Mill. What fun times. We shared the same birthday, although Barb was one year older, and sent each other cards. Over the last several years, I tried to send as many cards as I could while she was in the hospital and recovering. I know that losing Kathi was very difficult for her. The last time we saw each other was at our 50th high school reunion and we shared some tearful moments on the Walkway. My heart aches knowing Barb is gone. I’ll miss her.

  14. Shari, Jim and girls. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. May she rest -in-peace and you all will have closure. Blessings to all.

  15. Barb was beautiful inside and out. From the time we met when I worked at the radio stationโ€ฆshe was always one of my most favorite people. She was fiercely loyal and I am so blessed to be able to say she was my friend. When I moved away I missed her so much. We shared a lot of laughter and tears. I loved her to pieces. Iโ€™m so sorry Shari and Patti. You guys are in my prayers.

  16. Where do I start my friend, my mentor! Barb took me to so many racetracks. I was fortunate enough to get to travel with her to the dash races when she was doing their photographs. She was instrumental in introducing me to a lot of people in so many different series of racing. We had some great times as we traveled together. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She was loyal to a fault. It was my pleasure to know her and call her my friend! There is not one room in my house that doesn’t have a picture that she took hanging on the wall. I will surely miss her until I see her again in heaven. All my love and prayers for her family and friends. Godspeed my friend I love you โค๏ธ

  17. I new Barb from my days at the Asheville motor speedway as a race car driver. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

    Please feel free to contact me.


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