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KAUFFMAN - Barbara Noel Banks "Bobby/ Bobo" of Salisbury, CT formerly of Greenwich, CT passed away at age 87 on Friday, January 11, 2013, at her home in Salisbury. She is predeceased by her sister Carol Banks Carroll Noyes and survived by her husband Garth E. Kauffman. A descendent of founding families of both Greenwich and Banksville and a Daughter of the American Revolution, Bobby was born in Manhattan to Henry Clarke Banks and Gertrude H. F. Reutter. She was raised in Greenwich and graduated from Greenwich Academy and Bennett College having worked for one year in a war plant before college. Bobby was twice runner-up in National Squash Doubles and a member of the U.S. Wolfe Noel Team that played against England in 1950 and 1953 in England. She met and married Garth in 1954. She also coached field hockey and other sports at Rosemary Hall for several years. In 1966 and 1969 she was runner-up in the National Platform Tennis Doubles. In 1977 she was National Senior Champion in Platform Tennis Doubles. Always interested in sports, Bobby continued playing and coaching. Bobby and Garth were members of The Greenwich Field Club, The Stanwich Country Club and attended The Stanwich Congregational Church. Bobo and Garth moved to Salisbury in the late seventies. She was a fiscal conservative, amateur architect (designing her home on Washinee Lake), gardener and lover of the Twin Lakes region of Northwestern Connecticut. She also loved a good western. With a sunny disposition and a great sense of humor, Bobo always considered herself to be extraordinarily "lucky" in marriage and blessed with her two wonderful daughters, Tracy Kauffman Agro and Christy Valentine, plus seven grandchildren: Benjamin Garth Valentine and his wife Anne, Chelsea Banks Valentine, Timothy Banks Agro, Peter Garth Agro, Grace Danielle Agro, William Alan Valentine and Banks Stilwell Valentine, as well as sons-in-law Danny Agro and Pastor Alan Valentine, a nephew and four nieces. The memorial service will be private. "Life has been very good."
Published in GreenwichTime on Jan. 18, 2013