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Nov. 19, 1918-Aug. 17, 2013
Barbara Travis was born on November 19, 1918, and spent most of her life in the South Pasadena and San Marino areas, with schools in South Pasadena and Flintridge Anokea School for Girls in Pasadena. There were two years at the Garland School in Boston and then the Chouinard Art School. She married William John Bettingen in the 1939; their two sons Murray Grant, and William John, Jr. This marriage was dissolved in 1951.
In 1957, Barbara married Albert Hartman Travis, a professor of classics at UCLA. The Travises made their home in San Marino for over forty years. Barbara was employed by Cannell and Chaffin as an interior decorator. She also attended classes in specialty furniture painting; flower arranging was another of her hobbies.
Always active in community affairs, she helped begin the Assistance League in Pasadena, and was a member of the Junior League. Barbara served on the costume council of the LA County Museum, contributed to Planned Parenthood and Habitat for Humanity, and was a member of the Women's Committee of the Huntington Library. Gourmet food and wine were a long-time interest Barbara shared with her husband, and she put this knowledge to use on the Food Committee at Regents Point. She also designed and supervised the Regents Point display case for two years.
Her husband died in June 2006 and she moved to Regents Point in October. She is survived by her sister Pat Etienne (a Regents Point resident), her son Grant and daughter-in-law, Christi of Newport Beach, (son John died when he was 42), widow Colleen Manchester and their two children survive, as well as Grant's three children. She also had three great-grandchildren. Barbara also is survived by stepdaughter Isabel Pulvers.
Barbara wished to be buried at sea; her ashes will be scattered by the family on Saturday, August 31. There will be a Celebration of Life held at Regents Point on September 27, 2013.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 29, 2013