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1 of 65 | Posted by: Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN

“Lori took my writing class at UT Law School and helped her classmates write a very funny song--with choreography--to conclude our semester. What a...Read More »
2 of 65 | Posted by: Terri LeClercq - Austin, TX

“Today would have been Lori's 40th birthday. I know Lori is looking down on her family and friends and celebrating because she knows how much she is...Read More »
3 of 65 | Posted by: Eva Graham - Classmates, Friends

“This news was a shock to me and I only learned of Lori's passing last night while going through the UT Law School magazine. My heart breaks for the...Read More »
4 of 65 | Posted by: Jean Wong - Austin, TX

“I had Lori for a class at Texas A&M and am completely shocked by the news. May her memory live forever, she was always a wonderful person. ”
5 of 65 | Posted by: Robert Martinez - San Antonio, TX

“Dear Barta and Tullos Family,I am so very sorry to hear of Lori's untimely death. My husband and I lived just down Bauman Rd. from the Tullos family...Read More »
6 of 65 | Posted by: Ken & Donna Kimich - Spring, TX

“Mr. Barta, I found out about your loss today, and I am truly sorry. I had the privilege of working with Lori at the Attorney General's office. I was...Read More »
7 of 65 | Posted by: Kathy Davila

“As the father of a 15-year-old girl, a long-time state employee, a volunteer, and the colleague of someone who recently died way too young, I simply...Read More »
8 of 65 | Posted by: John Barton - Austin, TX - None

“Dr. Barta,I had the pleasure to meet and speak with you and Lori last month. I am tremendously sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you, ...Read More »
9 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Dr. Barta & family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Although I didn't know Lori, it's obvious how much she was loved and how much she gave to...Read More »
10 of 65 | Posted by: Romie Weaver - Austin, TX

“Dr. Barta and Family, I know about Lori through my daughter Vershanna, who is a UTMB medical student. She was deeply touched by the life and death...Read More »
11 of 65 | Posted by: Susan Morris - Austin, TX

“I am so sorry to hear about Lori. She was an outstanding leader and an inspiration to all of us. Ed Hammer, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics,...Read More »
12 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Dr. Barta and family,I did not know Lori, but it is obvious that she was loved by many and a truly amazing person. I am so sorry for your loss....Read More »
13 of 65 | Posted by: Kim Carmichael - Austin, TX

“To the family, I am deeply sorry. Lori was the ultimate doer. I knew her through her involvement in DSACT. She had a huge impact on DSACT,...Read More »
14 of 65 | Posted by: Carolyn Larochelle - Austin, TX

“I did not know Lori, but wanted to let her family know that I read her obituary and found it very inspiring. I will keep her and them in my heart,...Read More »
15 of 65 | Posted by: Lee Legault - TX

“Dear Adam and Family, I knew Lori when she attended St. Pius X with my son, Andy. I knew then that she would grow into the beautiful woman, wife...Read More »
16 of 65 | Posted by: Cherry Tomczeszyn - Katy, TX

“Dear Barta and Tullos Families,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I was priviledged to have known Lori and her family as a kid...Read More »
17 of 65 | Posted by: Patrick McCullar - Humble, TX

“I am soo very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. God Blessall of you.Lori will always be...Read More »
18 of 65 | Posted by: Virginia Hall - Georgetown, TX

“Dear Barta Family,Thoughts and prayers are with you daily. Emma and Hannah, I am so glad I get to see you every day at school. ”
19 of 65 | Posted by: Sherrie Raven - Austin, TX

“Lori was a wonderful friend. We were classmates at UT Law. She was always there with her bright smile to lighten up a room. After our oldest...Read More »
20 of 65 | Posted by: Sajju George - Houston, TX

“Dear Adam,I am so sorry about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your girls, and your family. ”
21 of 65 | Posted by: Rita Shah - Austin, TX

“Dear Adam,I am so sorry about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your girls, and family. ”
22 of 65 | Posted by: Rita Shah - Austin, TX

“My heartfelt condolences go out to Lori's family. The news of Lori's death has hit so many of us hard and it seems almost impossible to think of her...Read More »
23 of 65 | Posted by: Kenda Dalrymple - Austin, TX

“Our prayers are with you and your family during this time. God will just wrap his arms around you and comfort you in this time of need. ”
24 of 65 | Posted by: Kay Carr - Warren, TX

“Lori was always a ray of sunshine everywhere she went. We were at UT Law at the same time and had kept up with one another through the years while...Read More »
25 of 65 | Posted by: Nikelle Meade - Austin, TX

“Lori and I met doing community service together on the Austin Young Lawyers Board. And my memory of her then was of a sweet giving woman with an...Read More »
26 of 65 | Posted by: Patricia Hayes - Austin, TX

“Lori was such a special lady and many of us are so deeply blessed by all the passion she poured into DSACT and improving the paths for our kids. Her...Read More »
27 of 65 | Posted by: Carrie Eubanks - TX

“Beth and I send our love and prayers to you and the girls. We loved Lori and will always keep her in our hearts. ”
28 of 65 | Posted by: Jeff Lutz

“Dear Adam and Family, I knew Lori from our time at Texas A&M. She was truly an amazing person that brought joy and happiness to everyone around her....Read More »
29 of 65 | Posted by: Edward Hernandez - Houston, TX

“Lori will live in our hearts forever.....when I look at Rudy I will remember her generous spirit and be reminded of how what we do for others lives...Read More »
30 of 65 | Posted by: Pat Alvarez - Austin, TX

“Dear Emma,Hannah and Sarah ,I knew your mother when she was very young ,I am her Godmother my biggest regret was that i did not keep in contact with...Read More »
31 of 65 | Posted by: Cristina Ortiz - DeerPark, TX

“Dear Adam and family,It was a pleasure working with Lori at the state board. I don't think I've ever seen her without a smile on her face around the...Read More »
32 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. My brother Kevin and his wife and family have been touched and lifted and inspired by Lori immensely. I was not...Read More »
33 of 65 | Posted by: Kathleen O'Bryan Kurrle - Chicago, IL

“Dear Adam, girls and family: I was so shocked and saddened to learn about Lori's untimely death. I cannot begin to find any words of solace that...Read More »
34 of 65 | Posted by: Roberta Herman - Austin, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. Lori was a beautiful person who always made me feel very warm inside. She was generous and kind. Mike, Ethan, Alex,...Read More »
35 of 65 | Posted by: Lisa Radike - Severna Park, MD

“Dear Adam, Emma, Hannah, Sarah, I met your amazing wife and mom when we were both in law school fifteen years ago. We met all over again when I...Read More »
36 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Lori made a tremendous impact - especially in the Down syndrome community. She will be missed. ...Read More »
37 of 65 | Posted by: Karen Marsh - Middletown, DE

“Adam, I met Lori in 2002 when I just started to work at the Pharmacy Board. As a new employee I was starting a new career and a little nervous. I am...Read More »
38 of 65 | Posted by: Wayne & Martha Jones - Dallas, TX

“Dear Adam and family,I met Lori after law school, and both of us served in various capacities with the bar association. Every time I saw Lori, she...Read More »
39 of 65 | Posted by: Frank King - Austin, TX

“There are not sufficient words to convey how special a person that Lori was to me and everyone that she touched. I remember when I first met her in...Read More »
40 of 65 | Posted by: Bill Hopkins - Austin

“Our heartfelt prayers are with you and the girls. ”
41 of 65 | Posted by: Loanne & Paul Boudreaux - TX

“You and your beautiful daughters are in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Although I never met Lori, I feel I know her through you and the...Read More »
42 of 65 | Posted by: Mona Ryan - Rockdale, TX

“Dear Adam, precious girls, and family and friends of your beautiful Lori.God took a sweet loving angel home on Eagles Wings to be with Him in...Read More »
43 of 65 | Posted by: Kathleen Krantz - Omaha, NE

“Dear Adam and the girls, I have been devastated by the news of your loss. I am thinking of you everyday and sending you love and support through this...Read More »
44 of 65 | Posted by: Cousin Jennie - New York, NY

“You and your family have been in my prayers since the minute I meet you. I am so sorry for your loss. I was able to witness the intense love others...Read More »
45 of 65 | Posted by: Shannon - Austin, TX

My wonderful memory!!!  This pictue will post on our Memorial Page on MBR website. “Dear Adam & Family, my prayers now is that God will give you comfort and peace during this tragic part of your lifes. Lori was a true angel here and...Read More »
46 of 65 | Posted by: Sandi Daniels - Lago Vista, TX

“Dear Barta Family, and Dear Friends, I did not know Lori only prayed for her this last week. Her dear friend Rachel requested that we pray and we all...Read More »
47 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Lori, just by reading her story, you can tell she was a wonderful person and dedicated to helping...Read More »
48 of 65 | Posted by: Fay Knape - Danbury, TX

“My condolences to the Barta Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one Lori. What a beautiful person inside and out. I read in the...Read More »
49 of 65 | Posted by: Tammy (

“'' Dear Barta family, We are very sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers. From ... The Quintero Family ”
50 of 65 | Posted by: Jessica Quintero - Austin, TX

“Adam, May God bring you comfort and strength. When i think of Lori all i see is her beautiful smile, YOU did that along with you're girls. Her life...Read More »
51 of 65 | Posted by: nancy baione - round rock, TX

“Dear Barta family,I am saddened by your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I just recently found out her advocacy and passion for children...Read More »
52 of 65 | Posted by: Blaine Faglie - Weatherford, TX

“My prayers go out to the Barta family. I worked with her. I didnt know her well but every time I saw her she always had a pleasant smile on her face...Read More »
53 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. Former patients of yours,Jim and Sharon Batte (Austin,Tx) ”
54 of 65 | Posted by: Jim and Sharon Batte - Austin, TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
55 of 65 | Posted by: Glenda Kovalcik - Buda, TX

“Dear Adam, girls and family:I was so shocked to read about Lori's untimely death. I am so sorry and wish I could help take the heartache away. It...Read More »
56 of 65 | Posted by: Roberta Herman - Austin, TX

“Dear Adam, girls and family,I cannot tell you how shocked I was to read about Lori's untimely death. I know we haven't seen each other in years (ARC...Read More »
57 of 65 | Posted by: Roberta Herman - Austin, TX

58 of 65 | Posted by: Marilyn Nyulassie - Shepherd, TX

“Having volunteered at DSACT, I've seen the positive impact Lori had on the Downs Syndrome community. I am very sorry to hear of her passing. Her...Read More »
59 of 65 | Posted by: Rebecca Esparza - Austin, TX

“Your example of living as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, granddaughter, friend, co-worker, volunteer, and whatever other hats...Read More »
60 of 65 | Posted by: Preston Tullos - League City, TX

“Dear Dr Barta and family,I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
61 of 65 | Posted by: Susan Johnson - Austin, TX

62 of 65 | Posted by: CARMEN VARGAS - BUDA, TX

“Lori, you briefly danced through our world and we are all better for it. Thank you. ”
63 of 65 | Posted by: Elnora Ragsdale - Copperas Cove, TX

“Lori's obituary touches on some of the things that made her such a beacon of love. Not only was she so active with DSACT. But she also touched the...Read More »
64 of 65 | Posted by: Page Koehlert - San Francisco, CA

“Adam and girls, We are saddened by this tragic event and words could not begin to express our heartache for you. Our entire community feels the loss...Read More »
65 of 65 | Posted by: A friend

Lori Tullos Barta, age 39, passed away on August 19, 2010, with family and friends at her bedside. She was soul mate to Adam and adoring mother to daughters Emma, Hannah and Sarah.

Lori Michelle Tullos was born on July 24, 1971, in Houston, Texas, to Gerald and Mary Perez Tullos. After attending St. Pius X High School, she attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1993 with a degree in speech communications. Lori received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996, and has practiced law in Austin since that time. She was an Assistant General Counsel at the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, and has been a board member of the Austin Young Lawyers Association.

She met Adam Barta in Austin and they were married in the Umlauf Sculpture Gardens October 5, 2001.

In addition to her beloved husband and daughters, Lori is survived by her father Gerald and stepmother Susan Gilbert Tullos of Livingston, TX; her brother, Michael Lee Tullos, wife Erin and nephews Sam, Jack and Max of Bartlesville, OK; mother-in-law Ann Barta, father-in-law and stepmother Adam Paul and Ellie Gorka Barta and brother-in-law Mark Barta, wife Barbie and nephews Breydon and Teagan, all of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and countless friends.

She was predeceased by her mother, Mary Perez Tullos and grandparents Ivy and Edith Tullos and MacLovio and Anita Perez.

Her family was her great love; she fashioned a beautiful, wondrous home environment for Adam and the girls, including a special play room with hand-painted mural created from unused attic space and a back yard Fairy Garden, a delight to enter and behold.

A close second love in her life was the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT). She began her journey with other travelers in that organization following the birth of middle daughter Hannah. Lori changed the pace of DSACT and touched countless lives in the process. As volunteer, DSACT president, and educational trailblazer, Lori’s programs and outreach initiatives changed the awareness of and inclusion for children and adults with Down syndrome in Central Texas. After working all day, she spent many nights at home after her girls were in bed on the
development of an Educator Manual and training program for teachers of individuals with Down syndrome, based on countless hours of research.

In 2008, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, which recognizes Austin citizens whose volunteer service to the community has made a substantial contribution to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. The Educator Manual and training program are in use in local school districts. She also led efforts for training of parents whose children will be entering elementary schools in an inclusive environment, for a faith-based Inclusive Congregation Campaign, and for training of health care providers regarding the capabilities of individuals with Down syndrome.

She did these things because of her love of God and of people, and her conviction that we have an imperative to leave the world better than we found it. She was strong, and powerful, and courageous. Two of her favorite quotes were about courage: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” (Ambrose Redmoon) and “Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway.” (John Wayne).

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Lori Barta to DSACT, 3710 Cedar Street, Box 3, Austin, TX 78705; or donate online at:

The family will receive visitors at Weed-Corley-Fish, 3125 N. Lamar in Austin, Monday, Aug. 23, 6-8 pm. Memorial Service will be held at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2 p.m.