Barbara Acosta
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07/02/1955 - 10/24/2020

Barbara Acosta will be remembered throughout Durango for her kindness, spunk, sense of humor, and never-ending concern for others. "What can I do to help?" was the question always on Barb's mind. Barb and her husband, Fred, operated Sixth Street Hair Salon from 1982 until 2015 when they retired. During three decades in Durango Barb supported dozens of local philanthropic programs. "I grew up very poor," Barb said. "Good, generous people left brown paper bags on our front porch with things my family needed. I learned early about good people helping others. I wanted to be one of them. I have never forgotten what it was like to be in need."

After moving to Rosarito, Mexico in 2015 Barb dove wholeheartedly into serving her new community. She quickly became an essential part of Hearts of Baja, an organization that supports Los Angelitos Orphanage, providing secure living conditions, nurtured upbringing, and education for orphans and abandoned children who would otherwise live on the streets of Tijuana. In 2018 Barb became a founding member of Mujeres Para Mujeres (Women for Women), establishing a women's resource program in Rosarito to help unserved (often desperate) women in a variety of ways. Mujeres seeks to empower women to use their voices, acquire new skills, and support other women. Educational programs include English language, writing, sewing, and a Home Health Care program that teaches nursing skills. Mujeres has also partnered with VIA International, helping women break the poverty cycle by providing micro-finance loans to start home-based businesses (loans might pay for a machine for commercial sewing, a goat for making cheese to sell, or a cart to haul home-grown produce to the market. VIA provides micro-financing worldwide with a 100% payback of loans.

"Some people who grow up poor feel deprived," Barb said. "I've always felt grateful. How wonderful it is to get to help others, something I know pleases God. One of the greatest lessons I've learned in life is that the more I give, the more I get. I'm passing on the challenge to all my friends in Durango. Please open your hearts and support the orphans and women of Baja. They live close to Durango geographically, but they're a world away in terms of very basic human needs. They need and deserve our help."

Donate to Los Angelitos Orphanage at Donate to the Rosarito microfinance program at You may alternatively donate to the microfinance program and also to the women's resource program at Enter 'Barb Acosta' in the comment space on each donation form.

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Published in Pine River Times on Nov. 5, 2020.
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November 14, 2020
Barb made a difference in my life,. She was a dedicated mentor to so many women. I learned so much from her. I am deeply saddened to know she has left us. I will miss her kindness, quick smile, and tender concern for all. We were "her girls" Man we had fun! Thank you Barb for the love and caring you always gave me.
Susan Uhl
November 13, 2020
Barb was a hard worker and always had a smile. I'm always amazed at how little I know about people until I read their obituary and learn just how amazing they are. You will be missed.
November 9, 2020
Thank you, our dear friend, for your tireless efforts! Sooooooo many children had better lives because of your live and support. Hearts of Baja can never thank you enough! You are missed. You will always be lived and remembered.
Marilyn Widd
November 7, 2020
Barbara transformed the challenges in her own life into generosity for others. She was a beacon of hope to everyone who crossed her path. Condolences to all who feel her loss.
Cheryl Clay
November 7, 2020
Barb made a difference in the world.
Sheryl Estes
November 6, 2020
My heart is so heavy and sad with this news of Barb passing. She was an inspiration to me and so many other females, she was an angel on earth and the love between her and Fred was amazing and would always warm your heart when they were together! I have so many lovely and dear memories of her and 6th Street Hair Salon that I will forever cherish! Lots of love and prayers to Fred, Ashley and Eric; may God bless you all!
Crystal Lammon
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