We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at McKeesport
Leah Ja’Nee was born on October 16, 1971, in McKeesport Hospital. She was the daughter of Robert C. Barber and the late Barbara Ann Barber. Leah was the youngest of 5 siblings.
Leah accepted the Lord as her Personal Savior during her preteen years at Morning Star Baptist Church, West Mifflin. Leah faithfully attended Sunday school and singing in the Sunbeam Choir. As her health permitted, she developed a closer walk with God and became an avid bible study partner with her Aunt Sue Brown. Every week she watched MSBC online -services, Leah always told her nurses how much she enjoyed Sunday Worship, her sister is a good preacher, and how proud she was of her nieces who could mime. Even as her health was failing, she always looked forward to Aunt Lisa for a word of encouragement and motivation through the Word of God. And for that, her family thank you for keeping her mind stayed on Jesus.
During her younger years, Leah enjoyed double-double dutch jump rope, riding her bike, and modeling at various Back 2 School fashion shows. What many may not know is that Leah also enjoyed the arts. She loved to free-hand draw which included fashion designing. She was also an avid lover of Gospel music and Oldies but Goodies where she often posted songs to others from different decades on her Facebook page.
In 1991, Leah graduated from West Mifflin Area High School, later she obtained her certification to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. She began working at Patrick Place Nursing Home, West Mifflin, and was briefly employed at Locust Grove Personal Care. Leah then took her Certification to Youngstown, Ohio to care for others. After her brief stint in Ohio, Leah finally made her way back home to Pittsburgh.
If it’s one thing she especially loved her family. She was a dedicated mother and treasured her son, Michael whom she loved with all her heart. Leah never forgot a birthday or special occasion as she made it a point to reach out to all her loved ones to remind them that she was always thinking of them and loved them, especially on their special day including the night before she passed.
Leah developed a special bond with all of her special friends and took a distinctive role to be a good Grandmother and Godmother. Leah enjoyed Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Pretzel Salad, Cabbage, and her Aunt Claudia’s Tuna Macaroni Salad; she enjoyed watching Hallmark movies and Tyler Perry plays.
Leah was no stranger to picking up the phone and giving her family and friends a call. On July 25, 2022, she received and answered a call from the Lord. That her new place of residency was move-in ready.
Leah will be greeted at Heaven’s Gates by her loving Mom, Barbara Ann Barber, and Grandparents: Vera and Milton Groom, and Vera and Sanders Barber. Leah leaves to celebrate her life, and cherish her legacy of love and joyous memories to Her son, Michael Channings Barber (McKeesport,), Father, Robert Barber Sr, (Glassport), and Grandchildren: Michaela Barber and Michael Barber Jr. (McKeesport), Sisters: Rev. Kim Barber, Kolleen Barber and Korliss Barber (West Mifflin), Brother: Robert C. Barber Jr. (Glassport). Host of: Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends. Godchildren: Dior Overton and Antonio Garciano, and her loving Godmother; Janice Nelson, and God sister: Kamille Nelson.