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November 24, 2014

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September 19, 2014
I will miss Barbara and her cute sense of humor with the gruff exterior . We collaborated on stories about the plays at the Community Theater in El Paso and shared gardening secrets when I moved to Las Cruces. There was nobody like her in this area.Carole Grady
August 26, 2014
Barbara, Barbara, Barbara. You have left us too soon and I will miss you. I was a new neighbor off Fairacres Road in 1989, and was immediately drawn to Barbara's rose adobe, shaded by tall trees, ringed with flowering bushes, often beckoned by handmade signs announcing ‘grapes' or other fruit in season. I met Barbara, and knowing nothing about her past, found her fascinating, feisty and compassionate (how many kitties are you feeding today?) Under the pressure of huge development proposals for the west mesa escarpment and adjacent farmland, our neighborhood formed the Westside Neighbor Coalition to participate in the governmental processes of zoning, subdivision and master planning, roads, utilities and water rights. Barbara and Dr. Richard Johnson were leaders, the ‘elders', so to speak, with the history and geography of the area in their blood, and all of us would spend countless hours in Barbara's home poring over plans seeking to understand and be the voice of responsible conservation and development. We hired engineers, wrote letters, and attended city and county meetings to share our knowledge and our concerns. Barbara and I became fast friends and when the dust settled, continued to visit each other to catch up and trade information about our neck of the woods and the city and county. A great lady.
August 24, 2014
There will never be enough space here or elsewhere to describe the deepest heartfelt memories for me and family of my 'Old Maid Aunt', as I always affectionately called her, even though we weren't kin. Our long association & enduring friendship began in '72, & over many of the years that ensued for the decade-plus that followed, I worked directly under Barbara at the EP Times, first as Asst. Entertainment Ed., then later as Asst. Edit. Ed. & ultimately, when she achieved the pinnacle of 1st woman Ed. of the paper, I became Edit. Pg. Ed. When I saw a TV show about a Mesilla hotel several weeks ago, I vowed to call Barbara right then, but never did, & now regret I didn't. To say she will be sorely missed would be the understatement of the century. This tough yet compassionate lady meant more to me & countless others than one can imagine, both personally and professionally. God Speed, Barbara! You are in a much better place now!
August 22, 2014
Barbara was not only my friend and mentor, but my mother's friend and partner when both were in their early days of journalism at the El Paso Times. Many fond memories of this tough newspaperwoman who blazed trails for all of us.
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