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Park, Barbara
gently passed from this life on November 15, 2013. Born on April 21, 1947, she was a proud "Grammy," a devoted mother, and a perfect match for her husband of 44 years. She was hysterically funny, strong in her opinions, and a great source for advice to her family and many friends. She grew up in Mount Holly, New Jersey, and spent her summers at the Jersey shore with her parents and brother. She met her husband Richard at the University of Alabama, where they both attended. They married in 1969 and moved to Arizona five years later. In her early 30's, despite having never shown any prior interest in writing much of anything, she decided to try to write children's books. She ended up becoming one of the most prolific children's authors in the world, with nearly 55 million books in print. She was a dedicated philanthropist and contributed to numerous causes. Most recently, she founded Sisters In Survival, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to offering financial assistance to ovarian cancer patients. She is survived by her husband Richard, her sons Steven and David, her daughter-in-law Renee, her grandchildren Calvin and Nathan, her brother Brooke and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, and to honor her courageous battle with ovarian cancer, the family requests that donations be made to Sisters In Survival (, 10751 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Ste. 104, Scottsdale, AZ 85259.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 17, 2013
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