Barbara Bruland Nalbantyan was born on November 19, 1946, to Kenneth and Rebecca Bruland in Dover, New Jersey. She was raised with her younger brother Kenneth Bruland II. Barbara first attended Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, then transferred to Purdue where she majored in English following her family’s move to Indiana. While at Purdue, Barbara met a young Armenian immigrant from Istanbul in the Engineering program, Migirdic (Migo). They quickly fell in love and married before they left Purdue in 1968. After graduating, Migo and Barbara moved to Nashville, TN where Barbara taught English at St. Bernard Academy, an all-girls high school. She loved teaching, reading, sharing literature, and especially writing. They then moved to Charleston, SC and then Wilmington, DE for Migo’s work before finally returning to and settling in Nashville, TN. Barbara was a life-long, dedicated student of the Bible, which she consulted daily for wisdom and comfort. Together with her husband, she pondered and wrote often about faith. Before having children, Barbara and Migo traveled often, visiting Europe and sites in the United States. Barbara had three children, to whom she dedicated her life. After Christopher was born in 1979, Barbara became a full-time mother. Stephanie came next in 1983 and Jennifer in 1984. The family lived primarily in Nashville and then moved to Duluth, Georgia, settling into a community that they grew close to. It is where Migo passed away in 2020. Barbara’s life changed rapidly following his death, but she adapted quickly and with joy, embracing her life on Piedmont Park in Atlanta. She made lots of friends in the park and enjoyed her long walks every day. She wrote recently about her love for all of her children and their spouses and her “precious granddaughters,” with whom she hoped she could share her wisdom. Barbara is survived by her brother Kenneth, son Christopher (Jessi), daughters Stephanie Yacoub (Matt) and Jennifer (Delinda), and granddaughters Lucy and Lily.
Please join us for a service to honor Barbara on Tuesday, December 13th., 2022 at 11:00 am, at Immanuel Anglican Church, located at:
Immanuel Anglican Church
630 E. Lake Drive
Decatur, Georgia 30030
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Restoration House in memory of Barbara Nalbantyan. Information about Restoration House is available at:
https://atlantamission.org/restoration-house/. Please click the following link to make a donation:
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