BARBARA entered into this life on November 29, 1933 in Omaha, Nebraska. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 17, 2017 in San Diego, California at the age of 83. Barbara was predeceased by Allan, her husband and “prince” of 61 years. She is survived and will be deeply missed by her five children, Nancy, Jane, Skip, Beverly and Dale. Also surviving are her 10 grandchildren, 4 step grand-children, 8 great grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brother, Charles E. “Skip” Talmadge.
In her early years, as was customary at the time, Barbara was a stay-at-home mom to her five children. That was no easy task as they were born long before the days of clothes dryers and disposable diapers. Thousands and thousands of diapers were lovingly hung to dry on the clothesline and then lovingly folded. Later in life Barbara delighted in spending time with all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She made their time together so special and always insured that they had “fun that was funny”. If they were making a fuss about having their picture taken, she’d have them make a silly face for the picture and inevitably end up making them smile. They made countless trips to the beach, zoo and wild animal park and dozens of cut-out sugar cookies and gingerbread men.
While raising her five children Barbara somehow found time for volunteer efforts in the community including the PTA, Little League, Babe Ruth League, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Church and the Backyard Swim Program. In 1973 she received the Honorary Service Award in recognition of her outstanding service to youth. The award was the highest honor bestowed by the California Parent Teachers Association.
Once the kids were launched Barbara began her career outside the home, rising eventually to work for the popular racket ball manufacturer Ektelon. During her time at Ektelon she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (at age 52!) which led her to become their Purchasing Manager dealing with the import and export of products around the world.
Throughout her life Barbara was devoted to the Lord and to the Church. She served the Church in numerous ways through Sunday School, Church Councils and Committees and volunteering anytime there was a need.
Words can never fully express the strength, love, wisdom and guidance she provided to her family and their sense of loss at her passing. We will all miss her unlocked front door that welcomed everyone who entered and her famous chicken and homemade egg noodles, the ultimate in comfort food.
Love you bigger Grandma Barbie!
Celebration of Life
- Date: January 22, 2017
- Time: 1:30pm
- Location: Acension Evangelical Lutheran Church
- Address: 5106 Zion Avenue San Diego, CA
- Directions: Acension Evangelical Lutheran Church