Barbara S. Rasnake

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Barbara Shifflett Rasnake, age 78 of Great Falls, VA, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2023 with her husband of 54 years, W. Dewey Rasnake, and her son, Christopher Rasnake, by her side. Barbara is survived by her husband and son; her stepson, David S. Rasnake; her sister, Linda Vaughan; her nephew and his wife, Stacey and Kimberly Vaughan, and their children, Peyton and Nina Vaughan; her aunt, Louise Swats, and one cousin, Ruth-Ann Adam. She is also survived by many other relatives and close friends. She was predeceased by her parents Raymond and Ellen Lambert Shifflett.

Barbara was born and raised in Rockingham County, VA and came to DC where she worked for the FBI for several years and where she met her husband. She later owned and operated retail stores in DC including a gift shop in the Old Post Office Building. In her later years she devoted her life to her family and many friends.

In lieu of flowers or other expression of condolence, please consider a donation to the Inova Fairfax Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

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  1. My sincere condolences to the family. Barb and I were life long friends and I am so thankful that, thru social media, we were able to stay in touch. Barb, you never lost your sense of humor, your kindness, your love for others. May you rest in peace, my friend.

    • My dear Aunt Barbara
      I will always treasure my memories of Aunt Barbara. One of my favorites was when I met Aunt Barbara for the first time. I was five years old – we had just moved from D.C. to the country. She entered the kitchen and asked if I knew where Dewey was. I looked at her with all the bewilderment I could express and said I didn’t know anyone by that name. I thought about it for a minute and asked, Oh, are you looking for Unkie? And, yes –the same. I had no idea that Unkie had a first and a middle name. Who knew that grandaddy and grandma had given Unkie another name? In my family, we never called Dewey by his real name – until we met Barbara. She is and will always be a special lady, and I miss her very much.
      I am signing with sincere condolences to Unkie, Christopher, and David.
      Love you all very much – Teresa

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