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Barbara  Sieg

Barbara Ellen Sieg (Becker )

Thursday, September 10th, 1936 - Thursday, October 24th, 2019
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Barbara Ellen Sieg, (nee Becker), age 83, of Ellicott City, Maryland, died Thursday October 24, 2019 at Carroll County Hospital.

She was born on 10 September 1936 in Washington, D.C., the daughter of the late William Carl Becker and the late Ednabelle (Talbot) Becker.

She attended Goucher College, earned a B.A. degree from Duke University, and a M.A. in Journalism from American University. She was a passionate defender of Maryland burial sites and was the founding member of the Whipps Garden Cemetery on Saint Johns Lane in Ellicott City. She loved gardening and animals-- particularly dogs; she was also an accomplished pianist whose skilled playing of Chopin’s Heroic Polonaise pleased all listeners.

She was devoted to her husband of 53 years, John, and leaves behind her loving family; sons Bill and Justin; step-sons John Jr., Patrick, and Christopher; grandchildren Avery, Max, Colby, Brandon, Drew, Emily, Robert, Erica, Stephan, Stewart, and Katie; great-grandchildren Leona and Mallory.

Following a private burial service, a memorial service will be held at a time and place to be determined subsequently. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to animal rescue institutions.

Arrangements made by: Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, PA online condolences to www.burrier-queen.com
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Barbara, as president of St. John’s Community Association, 1987 and working with the Whipps family, descendants of the founders and owners of the cemetery, the restoration of Whipps Cemetery began by creating log-lined pathways and plantings of shrubs, trees and flowers. A woodland theater was created and serves as a preserve for native plants, a place to history appreciation and a site for community service work and education.
For 25 years, Barbara worked vigorously with volunteers to save the Whipps graveyard. The land was turned over to a nonprofit organization by descendants of the Whipps, a family of blacksmiths who bought the site in 1833. Family members and Ellicott City residents sit on the cemetery’s board of directors.
Barbara founded the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Inc. in 1991 to help strengthen preservation laws in the state and was instrumental in the introduction and passage of legislation in Annapolis
As president of the Coalition, successfully pushed legislation to prevent cemeteries from being destroyed or overtaken by development. Maryland’s only non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the state’s old family and public cemeteries, historic churchyards, and Indian burial grounds.
1. Help families gain access to old cemeteries and in turn absolve property owners of liability resulting from cemetery visits.
2. Make it a misdemeanor to buy, sell or transport for profit human remains or “associated funerary objects,” such as tombstones or statues, that have been looted from graveyards.
Barbara Sieg received the 2003 Periwinkle Award from the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Inc., for her outstanding effort and dedication to preserve, restore and protect cemeteries,
Commitment isn’t to the living, nor even to the living who can’t bear to see their family graves destroyed.
With the support of the Federated Garden Clubs of Howard County, EC 225 launched the "Celebration Gardens" gardening competition. First prize for cemetery entrance was given to Friends of the Whipps Cemetery on St. Johns Lane, south of Frederick Road. Barbara Seig is the project director.
This cemetery Labor of love fundraisers fighter and didn’t give up

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