Barbara Ann Snow passed away peacefully on November 1, 2021 at Texoma Healthcare in Sherman at 84 years of age.
She was born March 1, 1937 in Dallas, Texas to Joe and Barbara Snell Brooks. She graduated from Bells High School in 1956 and she worked with her father Joe Brooks in his café which he established in Bells in 1950. After the death of her father in 1967 she took over the business and it would soon become known as Barbara’s Burgers and the rest is history! All of her children at one time or another helped out and were raised in that café, her daughter Teresa greatly contributed and helped to grow the business throughout the years along with daughter in law Tammy. It has been estimated by many that Barbara must have cooked over a million hamburgers in her years at the café, it was also the local hangout for many coffee drinkers, story tellers, and gossip spreaders, who Barbara jokingly referred to as “old codgers”, “loafers” and “busy bodies”, just to name a few! Throughout the years she was featured in several newspaper articles, on Texas Country Reporter and in Texas Monthly Magazine, she cooked hamburgers for a variety of folks, from members of the Dallas Cowboys to generations of families in Grayson and surrounding counties. The most famous saying around town was “if you can’t find the meat just look under the pickle”! Barbara’s Burgers was a household name and she was dearly loved by her hundreds of customers and friends, the memories abound from generations of mouths she fed, just about anywhere you go you can run into someone who had ate one of her hamburgers and has a story to tell about it. Barbara was stubborn, tough and sassy and had a sharp sense of humor and she would just as soon tell you off as she would look at you, but her uncompromising ways led her to overcome many obstacles and sometimes difficult times in her life, which enabled her to raise and provide well for her five children. Though she didn’t wear her heart on her sleeve, her love for others showed through her cooking and the contribution of her hard work that she gave to the community over many decades. Before her health decline, Barbara loved spending time on her front porch watching all the daily activities in Bells and enjoying an occasional drop in visit from friends, family and neighbors. She loved collecting antiques and oddities and she had quite an impressive Coca-Cola collection which she proudly kept on display in and around her home. The family would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice, all their staff and the staff at Texoma Healthcare for the comfort and care they provided for Barbara in her final days.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Barbara Brooks, son Dennis Lee Snow, daughter Sharon Ann Snow, brother Bobby Joe Brooks and long-time friend and companion Joe Everheart. She is survived by her children, daughter Teresa Rolen of Anna, son David Snow and wife Tammy of Savoy, daughter Jennifer Aguirre and husband Eddie of Leonard. Her grandchildren Reed Rolen and fiancé Allyssa Marples of Denison, Spencer Snow Grant and husband Adam of Whitewright, Landry Snow of Savoy and Allyson Bell of Lewisville. Her siblings, brother Bill Brooks of Haltom City, sister Beverly Seale of Richardson, one precious great granddaughter, Elliot Grant of Whitewright and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a come and go visitation at Mullican-Little funeral home on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 PM. Barbara will be cremated per her wishes and a private burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Heart to Heart Hospice of Sherman.
Wonderful, very public lady back in the 70’s. I had pleasure knowing her in my younger years. I was with her son, Dennis when he passed. My earliest remembrance of Barbara, I was in second grade, at a ice cream social the Bells second grade was having with Ms Washburn, our teacher, at a park in Bells where Barbara attended. Dennis and myself (and my twin) were bestest friends. She was always smiling and kind. I remember her mom, Granny. She was a wonderful lady. I’m traveling memory lane thinking of Barbara. Fond memories. I’m sorry for her family with their loss, they and we lost a wonderful lady. I’m proud her passing was quiet when she left to meet our maker. Prayers and many remembrances from the 1970’s.
Actually, it was mid-late 1960’s when I first met Barbara and her closest family including Sharon Ann and Teresa. Much later, Sharon and myself graduated RN school and left for metroplex. I knew Sharon and her daughter Allison in metro area as well. Missing all. Prayers and best wishes
Barbara truly was a one of a kind lady that will be missed! Deepest sympathy Spencer and family.
Teresa and family,
So sorry for your loss. She was always a very pleasant woman and enjoyed visiting with her.
Back in the days of the Texaco Gas station next door to Barbara’s Burgers.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The 1st thing I found in Bells when I moved there in 1985 was the wonderful burgers at Barbaras’ Burgers. She will be missed.
I love and miss you my sweet baby
Bells has lost a local legend
Rest with the Angels Barbra
Teresa, David and Jennifer,
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your mother.
Your mother was an important and well known member of the community and will be long remembered in the area’s history.
I will always cherish childhood memories of your mom and all of you, along with Dennis, your granny and Sharon.
You are all dear to my heart and will be to the end of my days.
I pray God gives you all strength and blessings now, and in all the days ahead.
So sorry for your loss. May you all have God’s peace and comfort as you go through this difficult time. Barbara will certainly be missed
Dearest Teresa, David and Jennifer,
There is simply no words, except LOVE for you ALL!
Your mom, was like a second mom to my family and you were my brothers and sisters. That is what I WILL FOREVER CHERISH. I, thank you for giving me some of the best memories of my childhood. We lost an ANGEL in disguise! Barbara was beautiful inside and out. I will always remember her unwavering strength and character, and that smile with always something witty to say!!
I pray God give you all peace in your heart and soul and help heal your broken heart, but I pray GOD grant you ALL JOY, to remember your lives together and how each one of you have touched so many people.
To you three, all of our love, thoughts and prayers are with you Always!!
We were best friends in high school. Had great times together. After car accident in sophmore year, she would push me around in my wheelchair all over Bells. Loved her greatly!
I met Barbara when we were in highschool and Savoy took homemaking at Bells. We have been friends since then. She defiantly was a Bells Legend and everyone that knew her had a story to tell. She was very special to me and fed Troy his whole senior year.
Prayers for all of you.
Teresa so sorry for your loss god Bless you and family
Just wanted you all to know you are in my prayers. Known your mom since several of us worked in Denison. She was so much fun to be with and always laughing. My heart aches for you but I know she is with so many who have gone before. Teresa, David, and Jennifer love you, God Bless your coming days ahead. Love u much. ???
Beverly, Teresa, David and Jennifer……So sorry for your loss. Barbara was special to me and so many others. She always made time to catch up with you. She wanted to know how you were doing. “Come by and see me when you are up here!” She really cared about all of those she knew.
You will always be a happy memory. Loved your great personality and will be remembering and thinking of you often. Love to all of your family!
Dear Jenny and Eddie and Tammy and David, I know how much time, effort and LOVE you all have put into taking care of Barbara. She has been so ill for so long. I know she appreciated all you did for her. I know she was tough and could be cantankerous. But still she was your Mama. She never had to many kind words her anyone and she may never have said this to you all so I’ll day it for her. David and Tammy, Jenny and Eddie and Teresa. I’ve always loved you with all my heart and have always been so proud of you all. I know that was in her heart.
We loved her and we love you.
Nancy and Becky Birdwell, Jonn and Jill Bachman and Judtin Bachman
Jenny & Eddie, Tamny & David, I know hod much time and LOVE you all put into taking care of Barbara these last few difficult years. She may not have said it I know she would if she could. How much she loved all of you and how proud she had always been of you. We
love tell too. Nancy & Becky Birdwell
Your mother was a very special christian lady who loved her family very much. I counted it a joy and a privilege to have been her friend. I visited her often, and loved her dearly. My prayers are with you.
Barbara was a dear high school friend. I have many special memories
of her and our relationship. To you, the family, my deepest sympathy.
Jennifer, Teresa, David. I am so sorry to here about your mom, Just found out today. I am so sorry I missed the funeral. I would have been there, I am praying for you all. I liked and respected your mom. May God bless your family
Teresa- David and Jennifer: There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Your mom is in so many of my childhood memories. My brother and I went in many many times with our grandparents and parents to order burgers. I finally got old enough to drive to go in myself to order. She always wanted to know what I had been up to! My family thought a lot of Barbara. She was a real sweetheart. It was sad for the whole town of Bells when she had to close the burger business. The town was forever changed. Your mom will never be forgotten for all of us that knew her. And for each of you – you are in all of our thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs to each one of you.
Barbara was a friend of many years . She will be missed by many. Prayers for Teresa and family, David and family, and Jennifer and family. We love you all !
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I guess I didn’t know that Barbara had passed away!!!! We truly did lose and Icon whose Barbara’s Burgers feed many families in Bells and other surrounding communities!!!! I had the pleasure of knowing Barbara personally and her beautiful daughter Teresa Rolan. Teresa and I began a friendship as we worked together at the Restraunt. While she was at the helm flipping burgers just like her mom taught her. They were the best around!!!! People would be willing to drive for those tasty burgers!!!!! I learned a lot from both Barbara and Teresa and that carried with me, into my working career!!!!
I just learned that Barbara had passed. I am
so very sorry. When I was a child, my parents introduced me to the famous burgers, and I continued to frequent Barbara’s Burgers until the business closed. Hardly a day passes that I don’t wish for a sack of those delicious burgers. I had the honor of photographing Barbara and the lunch crowd for a Denison Herald feature story when I worked there. The photo tribute to her on this site was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I was blessed to know Barbara. Her smile and friendliness always brightened my day.