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Saying Farewell to a Cherished Friend: Barbara Duckett Wallace 1939-2020


Updated 4-27-20 with correction. The National Notary Association offers its heartfelt condolences to the family of a cherished member of the NNA community, Barbara Duckett Wallace, who passed away earlier this year.

Barbara, who was honored as the NNA’s 2000 Notary of the Year, became a Notary in 1986 and dedicated herself to carrying out her duties with the highest degree of professionalism and compassion. In a 2011 interview with the Notary Bulletin, she said she notarized thousands of documents a year for patients and staff at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, where she worked for more than five decades. She was a regular attendee at the NNA’s annual Conferences and always passed on information she learned to fellow Notaries in her community.

It was this commitment to serving others and excellence as a Notary that inspired the NNA to name her Notary of the Year. In addition, Barbara was a longtime member of the NNA’s Notary Ambassador Network.

Barbara emigrated from Jamaica in 1950 and dedicated her life to helping others. During her time at Bellevue she served in various administrative posts before she retired in 2009 as coordinator of patient services. In that position, she recruited and supervised dozens of volunteers who visited patients in the hospital.

After retiring, she became a hospital volunteer herself, putting in more than 5,000 hours visiting patients. She also served as president of the board of directors of the Bellevue Daycare Center from 1970 to 2013.

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Cathy Betts

23 Apr 2020

Thanks NNA for letting us all know. Barbara was a great lady and friend. She was a great example for all of us to follow. I will truly miss her.

Nicola Jackson

24 Apr 2020

Barbara was an amazing woman!!!

Liz Adams

26 Apr 2020

Barbara always had a kind word and loved to share her knowledge. She will be missed by many. My respects to all that miss her.

Jamie Liggins

27 Apr 2020

Barbara was a JOY to be around!! I looked forward to seeing her at the Notary conferences annually. She welcomed me in the 90's at my first conference. She loved being a Notary, helping others with no ulterior motive...she loved people. She had a sense of humor, she loved to dance and if you were around her she'd bring a smile to your face. My heart is heavy today but full of positive memories of Barbara. Thank you for paying tribute to such a wonderful person. Noone was a stranger to Barbara. As she would say to me,"Jamie, little me.. Barbara brought the 2000 millennium in as a Notary". She will be missed but never forgotten!


27 Apr 2020

What a great legacy she left. Did not know her however, I feel the love and professionalism she bestowed upon friends and co-workers. What a blessing to be honored by this National Society as a success story!

Michael J. Finland

27 Apr 2020

Barbara was a wonderful friend and a tremendous inspiration to me over the years. She exuded professionalism and was always courteous, kind and respectful to her colleagues and to the public that she served. I looked forward each year for the opportunity to meet up with her and discuss issues relevant to notarial law. We have lost a distinguished and accomplished notary public. She left an indelible impression upon me. Many thanks for her public service. May she Rest In Peace.

Roxie Baring Hollingswortht

03 May 2020

Barbara left a powerful legacy. I am praying comfort and peace for the family and loved ones.

Wendy Lewis

04 May 2020

What a beautiful soul!

Kathy Fletcher

16 May 2020

Barbara was such an inspiration and I shall miss her as a fellow Ambassador. I am very blessed to have known her.

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