Barbara Ann Labb, known as "Barbie" only to her loving husband, passed away peacefully in her home Monday, March 18, 2013.
Born on Feb. 15, 1947, daughter of the late George and Mary Bader. Barbara is survived by her husband, David; her three sons, Ryan, Brent, and Evan, and Evan's girlfriend, Courtney. She is also survived by her brother, George; and her sister-in-law, Janet.
Barbara grew up in East Hartford, but lived most of her days with her family in Glastonbury. Barbara was a member of the first graduating class at East Catholic High School in 1965, and attended the University of Hartford. Barbara was a lover of all animals, including her three cats, Grady, Oliver, and Gracy, along with her mini poodle, Jackie. In the past, Barbara and David had cared for goats, chickens, and rabbits. All were treated as members of the family. Barbara was a strong women who survived cancer three times, and possessed an unrivaled will and passion for life. She enjoyed tennis, piano, knitting, NASCAR, car shows, street rodding, UConn basketball, Green Mores, raising champion show dogs, cooking her famous recipes, and spending time at home with her loving family. As a master gardener, she acted as president of both Glastonbury and East Hartford Garden clubs for several years. From March through October, sunrise to sunset, she would be found in one of her many gardens with a Coke bottle in hand and a cat by her side. She grew the most beautiful gardens, many of which were featured in the Glastonbury Citizen through the years. Barbara was proud of the beautiful home that she designed, which she decorated for every holiday, organized thoroughly, and kept in tiptop shape with her incredible handyman skills. There wasn't a thing she couldn't fix, and there wasn't a corner of the house that didn't have a holiday decoration. She will be dearly missed by the many who love her.
For those who would like to join her family in celebrating her life, services will be held Saturday at the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, at 1 p.m.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made in memory of Barbara to Creative Living Community of Connecticut, 60 Church St., Manchester, CT 06040. CLCC seeks to create a shared inclusive living experience for individuals with and without developmental disabilities in a farmstead village by focusing upon the gifts of all in mutually rewarding relationships.
For online tributes please visitwww.mulryanfh.com