Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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Carol Lee Behan Barth, greatest wife, awesome friend and all-around great lady, was welcomed into Heaven on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, after nearly two years of battling cancer.

Carol truly made a difference in all the lives she touched, always considering others first, encouraging and nurturing. Her training, understanding, and passion for people allowed her to know each of us better than we know ourselves.

Carol was born May 16, 1947, in Logan, W. Va., to Guy Victor and Mildred Jean Behan. In 1962, Carol's family moved to Parkersburg, W. Va., where she graduated from Parkersburg High in 1965. In 1972, Carol graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a B.A. in social studies. She was on the Academic Dean's List and a member of Sigma-Sigma-Sigma Sorority. She received her master's degree from Marshall University in Leadership Studies with an emphasis on justice leadership.

Carol's career began in 1975 as a youth service worker with the state of West Virginia Department of Human Services working primarily with pre-delinquent youth. In 1980, she became employed with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and served as a juvenile probation officer. Carol was appointed to the position of Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in 1995, where she remained until her retirement in 2002.

In 1992, Carol was awarded West Virginia's "Youth Community Service Worker of the Year." In 2000, she was named West Virginia's Probation Officer of the year. In her 27 years working with West Virginia youth, she also served as president of the West Virginia Association of Probation Officers and served on the Board of Directors for many years.

Carol and Sandy were married in June of 1982 in Marietta, Ohio, and moved to Big Pine Key, Fla., in 2002 to enjoy fishing, boating, and an abundance of music venues. They continued traveling and camping. The Swamp Buggy Races in Naples, Fla., was one of her favorite camping destinations. However, one would never find Carol away from the television whenever any NASCAR event was being broadcast. Sandy and Carol attended many NASCAR events in person. Her absolute favorite driver, win or lose, was Tony Stewart. Carol was fond of reading, especially the Bible, and she adored their puppy dog, Spookey.

After a year of retirement, Carol missed working with "the kids" so she became a counselor at Marathon High School in 2003 for one year, then took a position as counselor at Horace O'Bryant Middle School in Key West. She worked nearly four years at the Monroe County Juvenile Detention Center, as a mental health counselor, where she received an Appreciation and Recognition Award from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

A 40-year member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Parkersburg, W. Va., Carol found with love The Vineyard Church on Big Pine Key.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Carol is survived by her husband, James "Sandy" Barth of Big Pine Key; her beloved dog, Spookey; stepson, James Barth Jr.; two sisters, Sandra Johnson (Luther) of Carlisle, Ohio, and Linda Ross (Robert) of Zanesville, Ohio; niece Donna (Dave) England of Carlisle, Ohio; nephews Scott Holliday of Columbus, Ohio, Robbie Ross (Rebecca) of London, Ohio, Corey Ross of Zanesville, Ohio, and Christopher Ross of San Antonio, Texas; great-nephew Drew England; great-niece Morgan Payne; and great-great-niece, Chloe Payne. Carol leaves behind many great friends; some of the closest include Angela Visconti of Charleston, W. Va., Holly Theil Green of Parkersburg, W. Va., and Pat Seaman of Marietta, Ohio.

"One day you'll awaken to hear of my death but don't believe it, because I will be more alive than ever before."

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Vineyard Community Church of Big Pine Key.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at The Vineyard Church, 100 County Road, Big Pine Key.