Remembering Barbara Oldwine, a dedicated community member (with video)

By Erika Mahoney
By Perry Russom

April 28, 2014 Updated Apr 28, 2014 at 11:10 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton community mourns the loss of Barbara Harris Oldwine.

Oldwine, 91, died on Friday, April 18 in Tampa, Florida.

She was an active member of the community, serving the Greater Binghamton area for more than half her life.

"She wanted people to participate and understand that we could do a lot as a community together, rather than being divisive," said Eilene Oldwine, Barbara's daughter.

Monday night, a memorial service was held in Oldwine's honor by her sorority Delta Sigma Theta.

"Her legacy is that we will always stand for what is right and that we will always fight for the common good," said Stacy Marrow of Delta Sigma Theta.

For about 35 years, she served as supervisor of the Medicaid Unit of the Broome County Department of Social Services.

Oldwine dedicated her free time to advocating for people. She was involved in a number of different organizations including the American Association of University Women, the Binghamton Kiwanis Club, the Urban League, the NAACP, the Broome County United Way, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Apalachin Alumnae Chapter, to name a few.

"It was her intent and her hope that she could make a difference, that she could grow people's understanding of one another, so that people could accept one another," said Valerie Barnes, Oldwine's daughter.

She served on the board of directors for the National Board of the YWCA, the Binghamton Metro-Interfaith Board, and the New York State Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society.

Governor Mario Cuomo appointed her to the New York State Office for the Aging and in 1976 she was presented a key to the City of Binghamton.

In 2013, she was honored in the "Remarkable Women in New York State History" publication by the American Association of University Women.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church. The church is located at 44 Main St. in Binghamton.

The family plans to receive friends in the church's Hoyt Room at 10 a.m.

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