Robert Redman Obituary – Greensboro, North Carolina – Barbara Way Thore, commonly known as Babs, died away peacefully on December 7, 2022, in Greensboro, North Carolina, while being held by her loving husband and two children. She was 76 years old. Roy and Margaret Way welcomed Babs into the world in Greensboro, North Carolina, on June 22, 1946. After graduating from Grimsley High School, she enrolled at Greensboro College, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and held the position of president of the Aquabelles, the school’s synchronized swimming team.

After graduating from college, she began working as a teacher at Head Start, a program designed to help young children from low-income families who are in need of assistance. After meeting for the first time in 1976, Babs and Glenn got married on August 6, 1977. After the birth of her two children, Babs happily accepted the role of the housewife and delighted in being a devoted wife and mother in every way.

She was a pro at interior decorating, especially during the holidays when she loved to host relatives. Babs was well known for her ability to write a superb poem for any occasion. She also loved doing arts and crafts and other creative things. She was the president of the New Irving Park Garden Club and enjoyed reading. Although she took an active role in every aspect of her husband’s and kids’ lives, none of her pursuits could compare to the love she had for them.

When Babs’ family made an appearance on the TLC reality series My Big Fat Fabulous Life in 2015, she experienced an unexpected change in her profession. Babs’ engaging personality, distinctive sense of humor, southern charm, and sharp wit helped her gain quick notoriety. For the past eight years, she has maintained a successful career while inspiring millions of followers around the world and claiming the title “America’s Mom.”

Babs frequently heard from people who had lost their own mothers that Babs was able to mother them through a television screen, offering them the comfort and joy that only a mother can. Many people, both nearby and far away, will always remember her legacy. Her mother and father, Babs, were both away before her. She will be sorely missed in this life by her son Hunter Thore, daughter Whitney Thore, sisters Mary Roberts and Roy Way, Jr., sister-in-law Karen Tolla and husband Richard, brother-in-law Chris Thore and wife Charlotte, sister-in-law Kim Thore, nephews Mike Roberts, Brad Gullette, Tyler Thore, and Lucas Thore, and niece Alexis Thore Mangum.

Glenn Thore, who is her spouse. She is survived by a sizable number of other loving family members, her two cats, Bradley and Sean, her four grand cats, Henchi, Wanda, Ollie, and Pirate, as well as her granddog, Goosie, in addition to her two cherished carers, Erica Motley and Beverly Wilson. The Thore family would like to express their appreciation to Mary Larach and Dr. Jindong Xu of Cone Hospital, the personnel at Ashton Place and Abbotswood Senior Living Community, as well as the Cone Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation staff.