Lori Tullos Barta
- July 24, 1971 - August 19, 2010
- Austin, Texas
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“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 »
1 of 17 | 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 »
2 of 17 | 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.
3 of 17 | Posted by: Robert Martinez - San Antonio, TX
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...Read More »
4 of 17 | 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 »
5 of 17 | Posted by: John Barton - Austin, TX - None
“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 »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Lee Legault - 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 »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Sajju George - Houston, 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 »
8 of 17 | 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.
9 of 17 | 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 »
10 of 17 | 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 »
11 of 17 | 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 »
12 of 17 | 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.
13 of 17 | Posted by: Jeff Lutz
“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 »
14 of 17 | 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 »
15 of 17 | 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,...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Lisa Radike - Severna Park, MD
“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 »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Tammy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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: www.dsact.com.
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.