Barbara Knabb Hanford(1927 - 2014)

In loving memory, Barbara K. Hanford, 86, died Jan. 7, 2014, peacefully at home. Barbara is survived by her loving daughters, Susan MacDonald of Niceville, Fla., and her daughter, Beth. Barbara was also blessed with five grandchildren, Lindsey and Lesley MacDonald of Niceville, Fla., and three grandsons. She is preceded in her death by her loving husband, Edwin Hanford, who awaited her in heaven for 20 years but now is reunited. She is preceded in her death by her parents, Gretchen and Albert Knabb, and her sister, Mary.
Barbara was born in Ridley Park, Pa., on Sept. 19, 1927, where she and her sister Mary shared a full and loving childhood. She attended Penn State University where she was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. While at Penn State she met her loving husband and life partner, Edwin Hanford. She and Edwin were married on Dec. 17, 1949, and shared a wonderful life together along with their loving children which included many unique adventures.
After her marriage to Edwin, the family relocated to the west coast where they finally settled in Las Vegas, Nev. Barbara continued her career in Library Science where her love of books and teaching guided her to become the Director of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she often welcomed literary dignitaries from across the nation. Barbara was a published author of a series of children's books which she adapted and thrived in her career as a librarian until she retired after 30 years, at the age of 72.
Barbara moved to Niceville in 1999. She was a member of St. Jude's Episcopal Church where she was active in the Sewing Guild and was able to pursue her passions of crafting and crocheting to share with a myriad of people from newborn infants to those in need of God's comfort. Barbara volunteered at Bluewater Elementary School where she shared her love of literature with story time and a bookmark program designed to encourage children to read.
A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Niceville on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Gregory Hein ministering. Flowers are welcome or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Episcopal Church in memory of Barbara.
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McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home
1405 John Sims Parkway E Niceville, FL 32578

Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Jan. 14, 2014