Barbara Ann Plant-Hellwig (70) passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice after a long and well-fought battle with cancer. Barbara is preceeded by her parents Alfred and Margret (King) Plant, her oldest brother Alfred Plant Jr., and her sister-in-law Joan (Storm) Plant. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Hellwig; her two sons, Christopher and Cory Hellwig; her best friend and “soul sister” of over 60 years, Joan Manteufel, along with Joan’s children Eric and Caroline, and their children; her brother Richard Plant; niece Stacy (Plant) Garcia and her children Mathew and Samantha; and niece and goddaughter, Heather Plant.
Barbara never let the grass grow under her feet, loving to be on the go and having a good time. Travel was important to her, throughout her life, Barbara was able to travel the world and the country but always found herself going back to her happy place on Cape Cod. A trait she passed down to her children. In her final weeks, Barbara set a goal to get to Cape Cod one last time. This final family vacation meant the world to her and the family.
Barbara was also an ardent animal lover and always had a furry companion or two. She loved all her “fur-babies” but her boxer, Winston, was her first child and often reminded her children of that. Her “grand-puppy”, Nikki, provided her with comfort during her final years, especially as the cancer took its toll. She took immense joy in taking photos of her adventures, animals, friends, and family. Most of the time to the chagrin of said family and friends. The family is so thankful for all those moments captured by Barbara.
Barbara was a loving, kind, and thoughtful wife, mother, and friend. She will be missed terribly.
Respecting her wishes, there will be no funeral service but a celebration of life will be planned in the future. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to your local animal shelter or the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter (Mercer County, NJ).