Funeral Time: Sunday, May 22nd at 11:00AM
Barbara Christi Hahn, 64, went home on Monday, April 4th. She was born on March 6, 1958, in El Paso, Texas, to Christus and Rhoda Christi – the second of three children. She is survived by her daughter, Ellie McBroom, son, Corey Hahn, and son-in-law, Charles McBroom, as well as her sister, Beth Rogers (Lee) and her brother, Tim Christi (Libby). Barb is the proud grandmother to three grandchildren: Asher, Moss, and Andrea McBroom. Barb graduated from Tates Creek High School and The University of Kentucky College of Education. After graduation from UK, Barb earned her Masters and Rank 1 in School Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University.
A prolific journaler, in her words Barb regularly exulted the richness of her childhood and gratitude for her parents and siblings. She described a joyful childhood – her exploration of the cities where her father’s Air Force career took their family would ignite her lifelong adventurous spirit.
She also filled her journals with prayers for friends, family, and students. Barb held a deep and exuberant adoration of many things in life that seemed unbounded, but above all, she had wellspring of love, attention, and care for those in her beloved community. Inexhaustible in her commitment to loving others, she was a loyal friend, daughter, sister, colleague, and a wonderful mother and grandmother.
Barb was a lifelong educator – investing in students’ lives for 27 years. She taught at Wilmore Elementary and the Kentucky School for the Deaf, and then became a guidance counselor at Jessamine/West Jessamine Middle School, the Providence School, and ending her career at Bryan Station High School. Barb was known to go all-in on anything she put her mind to – and that included her dedication to her students. She took countless at-risk kids under her wings, providing a safe space for them in her office, and often went above and beyond to take them to after-school activities or mentor them beyond the school doors.
Above all, Barb loved God and loved people, deeply. The depths and intentionality of that love was evident in her servant leadership and active membership at Southland Christian Church – volunteering in the bookstore and Helping Through Him. Barb held deep affection and admiration for her beloved student and friend, Jarrett Mynear, and cherished the opportunity to support his vision of helping children at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital as a Jarrett’s Joy Cart volunteer.
Barb was also an avid lover of the outdoors – she was passionate about hiking and camping, and she sought to visit as many of the US National Parks as she could. She was happiest cooking breakfast over a camp stove, playing a song on her guitar by the campfire, or sighting a bird with her binoculars while out on a hike.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to Jarrett’s Joy Cart (thejoycart.com) or to your favorite National Park (https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm). A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Shaker Village on Sunday, May 22nd at 11:00am. Information on the service can be found at: https://www.barbarahahncelebration.com/; the family requests that those planning to attend RSVP on the website.