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Barbara Corrine Babcock

Barbara Corrine Babcock June 12, 1931 ~ May 6, 2006 Seaside, Ca - Barbara Corrine Babcock, 74, passed away peacefully last Saturday morning in the close comfort of her loving family and dearest friends. Her caring, compassionate and joyful soul touched the lives of many and she will be missed by all who knew her. Son John David Babcock, daughter Susan Rivait, grandsons Christopher and Nicholas Rivait, sons-in-law Drew Chernoy and Paul Rivait survive her. Sadly, we too mourn the recent passing of her loving husband of 53 years, John D. Babcock. Daughter of Fred and Bessie Miriah Jordan, Barbara was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. John and Barbara were married in 1952 and soon after moved to California where Barbara tended after John while he was called to service in the Army at Camp Cook and later at Fort Ord. Throughout her long life Barbara was a tireless care giver. As she worked raising two children, she received her Nurses Aid Training and was a devoted aide to the infirmed and felt that this was perhaps her most important role in life. Hardly a day passed that Barbara was not actively involved helping others. She was involved in many charitable and community events. As a founding member of the “Seaside Yellow Jackets”, Barbara spent many late evenings on the streets of Seaside, working with local police to reduce crime and violence. In recent years she could be found behind the register at son David's Clementines Kitchen in Del Rey Oaks. She enjoyed helping customers, wrapping gifts, and being there to greet everyone. With husband John, Barbara was a faithful and longstanding member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Monterey Lodge 876. Both cherished their many years of association with the extended family of Moose members. A graveside memorial will be held Friday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m. at Mission Memorial Park, 1915 Ord Grove Avenue, Seaside. A reception will be held at the family's home following the memorial. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation in Barbara's name in support of 'Jag' and the Therapy Dog program; may they continue to provide peace and comfort to patients and their families. CHOMP Foundation, P.O. Box HH, Monterey, CA 93942 (831) 625-4506. Your long time battle is now done, on to heaven you have flown. To be with dad, and the angels above, just know that here on earth you are loved. You will be missed, that is for sure. The pain of losing you will be hard to endure. So fly on Mom, with the angels on high, and when I look into that nighttime sky, twinkling above your smile will I see, and know that you are looking down on me.

Published in The Monterey Herald on May 10, 2006
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