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Barbara R. (Mackrella) Thomas

January 17, 1968 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 55) 55 Years Old

Barbara Thomas Obituary

Barbara R. Mackrella Thomas, known affectionately to friends and family as Barb, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2024, in U P M C, Presbyterian Hospital, at the age of 55. Born on January 17, 1968, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Samuel Mackrella and Edna Cunnard Ganter. Barb led a life characterized by her loving nature, unwavering optimism, and kindness that touched the hearts of many. Barb's journey began as a proud graduate of Southmoreland High School's Class of 1986. Her passion for helping others led her to pursue a career in healthcare, and she successfully obtained her medical assistant certificate from a vocational school. In her personal life, Barb was a spirited soul with a zest for adventure. She found joy and freedom on the open road, riding Harley Davidson motorcycles alongside her husband, William Hilland. Together, they shared countless memories, exploring the world with a sense of shared excitement. Barb's greatest treasures were her family members, who brought immeasurable joy to her life. She was a beloved mother to Cassandra "Cassie" Lusty and her husband Christopher of Mt. Pleasant. Her loving Husband, William Hilland and his Son, Ian of Acme also Cassie’s Father, Tom Thomas, Jr. and his children, Trinity and Sean Thomas, whom she loved like her own. Her role as "Nana" to her adoring grandchildren, Joylynne, Joclynne, and Kennedy Lusty, was one she embraced with every ounce of her being, showering them with love and attention. She also held a special place in her heart for her fur babies, Daisy and Bo, who provided her with companionship and unconditional love. Also surviving Barb are a number of Cousins and dear Friends which she considered her extended family. As we say goodbye to Barbara R. Mackrella Thomas, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and a spirit that will continue to inspire. Her memory will be cherished and kept alive in the stories shared by family and friends and in the love that she so freely gave. Barb's impact on this world was profound, and she will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Barb was a strong fighter dealing with her health issues throughout the years. She was diagnosed with Tricuspid Atresia, born without her Right Ventricle to the heart. She was one of the first patients to endure the Fontan Procedure done in Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, which was performed and assisted by Dr. Fontan, a Surgeon from Italy, after which the procedure was named after him. She also underwent a heart transplant in 2011. Family and Friends of Barbara are cordially invited to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME, INC.,417 Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale, Friday, January 12, 2024 from 1PM – 4PM & 6 – 7:30PM at which time her Funeral Service will begin in the Funeral Home with Pastor Rob Allison, Officiating. To view online obituary, send online condolences , send flowers, or to obtain directions, please visit

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