She was born October 20, 1954 in Oakland, California to Louise Hill and Clark Howard Corliss. She was a graduate of Trinity University. Barbara married Stephen Bemrich on May 14, 1975 and they began their lifelong adventure. They raised their 3 children, Christina, Rob, and Rebecca across the world. While raising her children she completed her master’s degree in education from Alabama A&M University, working as a teacher wherever her travels brought her. After her husband’s death in 2014, she moved to Kingsport to be with her family. Since arriving she had been a member of Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, participating in their Sunday School and Caring Team.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, James Corliss and son-in-law, Michael Stolz.
Barbara is survived by her children Christina Bemrich-Stolz, Rob Bemrich and wife, Christy and Rebecca Bemrich Menius and husband, Brian; grandchildren, Katie and Robbie Bemrich, and David and Samuel Stolz; sister, Judy Frish; and brother, Steve Corliss.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport. The memorial service will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. Jeff Briere officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Kingsport Public Library, 400 Broad St. Kingsport, TN 37660.