February 22, 1934 ~ July 14, 2021

Born in: Pittsburgh, PA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Barbara Irwin Chaplin Buffington, 87, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.

Mrs. Buffington was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late David Campbell Chaplin and Barbara Irwin Chaplin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Buffington, III; a daughter, Judith Polk Buffington and a sister, Judith Chaplin.

Barbara was a member of All Saints Anglican Church in Mills River. She volunteered her time to many organizations throughout her life and was an avid gardener.

She is survived by her son, David Buffington of Asheville and her beloved dog, Rose.

The family would like to express their gratitude to her wonderful caregivers, Carol Wolf and Mandi Lofton as well as beloved family friend, Kym McCarson.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Anglican Church in Mills River with Father Erich A. Zwingert officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to All Saints Anglican Church, 15 McDowell Road, Mills River, NC 28759.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Memorial Service: July 24, 2021 11:00 am

All Saints Anglican Church
15 McDowell Road
Mills River, NC 28759

(828) 891-7216

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  1. My dear special friend, your loss will be imaginable with all your friends and family. My favorite memory is when I helped you find and secure Rose and the happiness she brought to you. May God wrap his arms around David, your family and all your friends at this time of such a great loss to all of us. I know you will watch over us from above with all the love and care you showed while on earth.

  2. I did e the pleasure of knowing you, bud many funny stories and wonderful things working with your son David. I know you are enjoying the freedom of a pain free body and pray that David will be able to look back on the great memories and hopefully the pain of losing you will be a little less each day. God bless your family.

  3. I had the great pleasure to know Barbara, David and late husband Joe for over 35 years. True friends and wonderful people. May our dear lord hold each of you and Rose closely.


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