Barbara spent her early years in Berkeley and many summers in Yosemite where her father was with the National Park Service (1920-1930). At 15 months old, Barbara backpacked with her family from Tahoe to Yosemite sitting in a saddlebag. She lived in Washington D.C. when her father was Assistant Director of the Interior Department. She attended FDR’s first inauguration. She spent time in the Grand Canyon where her father was Superintendent for 15 years. She started college at the American University in D.C. and finished in Arizona. She worked in San Francisco at a wholesale company near where the UN was founded. She raised her family in Lafayette and spent her later years at Chateau Lafayette where she was active for 20 years. She was involved with the Lafayette United Methodist Church–where she contributed her needlework talents.