Barbara Spangler Fredericks (1943 — 2019)

Barbara Spangler Fredericks passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, June 14, 2019, after a two-year battle with cancer. Barbara was born on Jan. 11, 1943, in Williamsport, Indiana. Her family moved to Bryan, Ohio, where she finished high school before majoring in English at the University of Michigan and obtaining her master’s degree at Wayne State University. She married her first husband, Robert Anthony (Tony) Bruehl, in 1968. She moved to Charleston, South Carolina, with her second husband, Chris Fredericks, in 1975.

Barbara was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years with her two daughters, Maddy and Rozy. She also taught cooking classes, wrote a food column for Charleston Magazine, and was the VIP coordinator for Spoleto Festival for many years. She began a successful career as a real estate broker in 1990, working with Ann Chapman Real Estate and Disher, Hamrick and Myers. Her partner of 15 years, Robin Hitchcock, died in 2007. Barbara was an incredibly vivacious, fun-loving and spirited person who squeezed enjoyment out of every day of her life. She was known for her fabulous dinner parties, silly dogs, quick wit and rebellious, eccentric style — all the while remaining a loyal friend, loving mother and humble, down-to-earth human being. She filled her life with her passions: cooking, playing bridge, travel, reading, friends and family. In reflecting back during her last days, she named a few highlights of what had been a wonderful life: growing up in a family that owned a candy factory, driving to college in a Corvette and her daughters and granddaughters — the light of her life. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by her brother, Greg Spangler of Bryan, Ohio, her daughters, Madeline (Maddy) Lytton of Mount Pleasant and Rosalind (Rozy) Fredericks of Brooklyn, and four granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Save the Children.

Arrangements are by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel. A private celebration of her life will be held at the family home later in the summer.

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