HENDERSONVILLE-Margaret Victoria (Vicky) Barnes Weber was born on Armistice Day, November 17, 1918 in New Canaan, Connecticut to George Barnes and Margaret McNeil Barnes. She died October 21, 2013 at Carolina Village in Hendersonville, N.C.
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Vicky received her BA degree in 1941 from the college of New Rochelle, which led to a position of librarian at one of G.E.'s laboratories. There she met and married Kurt H. Weber who, at the time was involved in research there. They were married for 62 years.
They next moved to the headquarters of the G.E. lamp business, where they remained for 30 years through numerous changes in positions. Her priority became to devote her time to their growing family (including three sets of twins in two generations.) This complemented her husband's transition from engineering management to increasing responsibilities in G.E. overseas interests, which came to require about half his time to be spent abroad for engineering oversight of lamp plants in foreign locations, administration of the lamp business portfolio of foreign patents and liaison with lamp manufacturers worldwide.
On his trips, usually involving Japan, Turkey, Europe and Latin America, she elected to accompany him to Europe from time to time, particularly to England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and most frequently Germany, on occasion she functioned as his hostess. The abundant travel gave them the opportunity for yearly golfing vacations in Ireland, Scotland or Spain. In later years they switched to the softer climate and yearly participation in Pro-Am tournaments in Bermuda and the Dominican Republic.
Vicky's last activity prior to retirement was as Sales Director for a housing development in an eastern Cleveland suburb. She named the condo development "Landerwood Glen" and managed the sales from the first condominium to its establishment as a quality neighborhood.
One of her real estate practices led to an unexpected involvement with Winston Churchill's legacy. She repeatedly bought a condo from the building, found an outstanding interior decorator to furnish and decorate it, rent the condo back to the builder as a model, sell it to an appropriate buyer, and repeat the process. At an earlier time the Cleveland business community arranged for Winston Churchill to deliver a major speech on the international problems of the time, which had great impact. After Churchill's death, the community elected to commission a close Churchill relative, an artist, to memorialize the speech with a large painting of its presentation. They also asked to rent Vicky's condo as living quarters for the artist until completion of the painting. It took this particular Churchill and his supporting artist, a long time to complete the painting, but eventually they did. The painting has been on display as a point of interest in Cleveland since that time.
Next came a 19 year retirement in Flat Rock, NC followed by a "real retirement" to Carolina Village, Hendersonville, NC in 2004.
Vicky's death was preceded by that of her parents and her brother, Hugh Barnes. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Dorothy Williams Barnes and her son Kevin of Baltimore, by her four children and spouses, 8 grandchildren and by her husband. The children include, Eric Weber of North Canton, Ohio, Mark Weber of Cincinnati, Ohio, Margo and Douglas Emery of Dunlap, IL and Craig Weber of Tampa, Fl.
A private service will be planned for a later time.
Memorials can be made to Carolina Village, 600 Carolina Village Rd., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
Thos. Shepherd & Son - Hendersonville
125 South Church Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Published in The Times-News on Oct. 24, 2013