Barksdale, Helen Maria Kahle, 59, of Roanoke, Virginia passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
“Mia” was born in 1960 to W. David Kahle and Poily Adams Kahie in Christiansburg, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law, B. H. Barksdale and her husband of 27 years, Robert B. Barksdale who passed away in May of 2014.
Survivors include her daughters, Anna Barksdale and Susan Barksdale [Garrett Belcher] and their daughter, Cassidy; her brother W. David Kahle, Jr. [Sarah]; and her sisters, Paula K. Curle [“Mack”] and Joanna K. Wilkinson [Doug Fogarty]; her mother-in-law, Mary Anne Barksdale; sister-in-law Mary Alice Barksdale and brother-in-law, John Barksdale.
Over the last 6+ years, Mia bravely battled a progressive degenerative neurological disease [PSP]. She most recently lived in the Beth Sholom Lifecare Community near her sister in the Richmond area. The family is grateful for those there and from Amedisys Hospice who took loving care of her over the last 21/2 years.
After a family memorial service, her ashes will return to Southwest Virginia to be with those of her husband, Robert.
Family and friends that remember Mia and Robert’s annual Derby Day parties will perhaps note with a smile that Mia’s passing occurred on 201 9’s Derby Day. Mia certainly fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. [2 Timothy 4:6-8].
Donations to help fight this cruel disease can be sent to CurePSP, 1216 Broadway-2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001.