Dr. Barbara Ann Garwood, a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, has passed away.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Obrock Garwood; maternal grandparents, Chris and Sarah Obrock (owners of Obrock Dairy); paternal grandparents, Earl Garwood, Howard and Grace Hatch; great-grandnephew, Slade Brewer; beloved friends, Bill and Carlyn Oetting; and their son/nephew, Scott Oetting.
Barbara is survived by her brother, Richard (Mary) Garwood of North Palm Beach, Fla; nephew, Greg (Lisa) Garwood of Beachwood; niece, Gwen (Danilo)Garwood Chianella of Isle of Palms, S.C.; niece, Heather (Edward Jr.) Oetting Nobbe of Wickliffe; niece, Eryn (Charles) Oetting Wilson of Willoughby; great-nieces and nephews, Daphne Andrea and Bryan Chianella of Charleston, S.C., Anne and Caylin Brewer of Williamsburg, Va., Ethan, Justin, and Jason (Lanese) Nobbe of Wickliffe, Rachel (Adam) Fabian of Hambden, Bridgett (Dave) Barnes of Wickliffe, Sara Benyo of Strongsville, Glenn Benyo of Willoughby; and great-great-nephews and nieces, Jayden, Colin, Sky, Joshua, Addison, Abram, Ian, Chad, Dillon, and Anthony.
Barbara graduated from Shaw High School. She began her professional career at Alcoa, while working her way through John Carroll University, earning a B.S.S.S. in English and her teaching certificate. Barbara continued her pursuit of knowledge earning her Master's of Educational Psychology from Case Western Reserve, and her PhD from Kent State University in Psychology. She furthered her education at both the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve studying Legal Psychology.
Barbara taught at South Euclid/Lyndhurst and Euclid Public Schools. Dr. Garwood had a private practice in Concord Township, taught Psychology at Lakeland Community College, was a gubernatorial appointee to the State Board of Psychology and also served as President of the Cleveland Academy of Consulting Psychologist. She was a professional public speaker and an advocate of Children having served as an expert witness in numerous legal trails in Ohio. Barbara published many articles about the many facets of Psychology. In retirement, she served as the President of the Lake County Retired Teachers Association.
Barb was avid golfer and bridge player, master gardener, dog lover, world traveler, and patron of the performing arts. One of Barbara's most admired attributes was her forthright and honest attitude. Among Dr. Garwood many accomplishments was also the revival of the renowned Pink Squirrel cocktail hour! Barbara was a proud American and staunch Republican. As an active member of the Ohio Republican Party, where she served on the board of elections, she was instrumental in numerous election and re-election campaigns of the Republican politicians in both in Lake County, Ohio. Barbara was surrounded by a circle of cherished friends too numerous to mention.
Her family would like to invite all to a final celebration of the extraordinary life of Dr. Barbara Garwood, being held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 4, 2014, at the Abbey of Willoughby, located on the grounds of McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home, 38011 Euclid Ave., Willoughby.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Lake Humane Society or the Wounded Warriors would be appreciated.www.MCVfuneralhomes.com