Barbara A. Cohen-Pippin
Date of Passing:
Barbara A. Cohen-Pippin, 73, of Palm Coast, Florida, died peacefully at home on January 27, 2024.
Barbara was the beloved wife of Welmon B. Pippin.
Barbara was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 13, 1950. Raised in Providence and East Providence, RI, she lived in Florida since 1974. She was the daughter of late Elizabeth (Cohen) Thomas.
Barbara earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master’s Degree (M.Ed.) in Education from the University of Massachusetts.
She built an impressive career spanning over 40 years, holding pivotal roles in higher education and legislative affairs. She served as Staff Director and Chief Legislative Analyst for Higher Education for the Senate Committee on Education, Executive Staff Policy Coordinator for Education for the Executive Office of the Governor, Executive Assistant to the President at the University of Florida, and Special Assistant to the President for Governmental Relations. She came out of retirement to become Director of Governmental Relations at Florida A&M University.
Barbara was passionate about education and dedicated to ensuring universal access to it. She was the proud recipient of the Senate Congressional Recognition Award by United States Senator, Bill Nelson.
Her commitment to service was a common thread in both her professional and personal life. Among her notable passion projects, all of which made a tangible impact, were her fight for DACA, her contributions to the John Street/Fox Point Remembrance Project, and her publication of the student-friendly book, “An Idea Becomes a Law from the Bottom Up.”
Even with all of these achievements, Barbara still made time for family and friends, traveling up and down the east coast corridor. She enjoyed hosting Thanksgiving dinner and spent many July 4th holidays in Cape Cod. If there was a family event, she was there, and was always a key contributor. Barbara’s actions showed nothing other than selfless love. She was good and kind and always knew how to make others feel loved. She cared deeply about making sure everyone’s needs were met, often putting them ahead of her own.
Barbara’s love for her family was immense, yet her devotion to her Savior and the church was even greater. She faithfully prayed the Rosary and was a daily Mass attendee. She belonged to the women’s club in her parish, and was a member of The Columbiettes, an organization of Catholic women dedicated to our Patronesses, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Barbara was a woman of incredible strength, love, and kindness. She may have left this world, but her spirit lives on in the hearts of those she touched. Her life was a testament to the power
of love, the importance of family, and the joy of simple pleasures. She will be deeply missed, but her legacy of love and kindness will continue to inspire and guide us.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two brothers, Robert Cabral of Flagler Beach, FL, Michael Cohen of East Providence, RI, two sisters, Susan Greene of Newport, RI, Margaret Dreyton of Beaufort, SC, two bonus siblings, Vital E. Soares of Providence, RI and Antonia Soares of Providence, RI, two bonus children, Welmon Pippin Jr. of Dumfries, VA, Kimberly Pippin of Tallahassee, sister-in-law, Deborah King of Savannah, GA, brother-in-law, Juan Pippin of Los Angeles, CA, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous godchildren, along with many loving family members, friends and colleagues. Barbara is a cherished member of the Daluz Family. She was the sister of the late Stephen Cohen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 3, 2024 in the Our Lady Of The Rosary Church, 21 Traverse Street, Providence at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence, RI.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Barbara’s memory to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105