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BARBARA ALICE (CURE) KERR(1934 - 2014)

Kerr, Barbara Alice (Cure)

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Barbara Kerr succumbed to cancer, peacefully taking her last breath in her home among family, one month shy of her 80th birthday. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Alfred "Tiny" Kerr; her two children, daughter Cindi and her husband Joe Motis, son Steve and his wife Brenda Kerr. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Russell Mackie, Andrew Mackie; Joshua Kerr, Jeffery Kerr and his wife Lindsey; Steven Kerr and Sarah Kerr; 3 step grandchildren: Jonathan, Jennifer and Kristie Schilly; 1 great grandson, Chael Kerr; and 1 great step-granddaughter, Brooklyn Lender. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Cady; her brother, Irvine Cure and his wife Beverly; sister in law, Edrie Brinker and her husband Ty; sister in law, Rubie Horton and her husband Barry; along with 8 nieces, 6 nephews, 11 grand nephews, 12 grand nieces, and many, many, more family friends, neighbors and acquaintances.

Barbara Alice Cure was born in Cuba Township, Becker County Minnesota, the third child of Harold and Gladys Cure on May 27, 1934. Barbara moved with her family, to Huntington Beach, California in November 1940 at the age of six. She attended Huntington Beach Elementary School (now known as Dwyer) and graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1952. Barbara was a good student, an athlete who excelled at all sports and music. Her senior year in High school, she was awarded the Bank of America Achievement Award in the field of music for "Distinguished Achievement and Promise of Future Success to Society." The summer before her senior year in high school, she was chosen to attend California Girls State June 20-28, 1951 in Sacramento, California, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary whose goal was to teach and recruit women to become involved in all aspects and positions of California government. Barbara also remained active throughout her life with the HBHS Alumni Committee.

After graduation from high school, she met Alfred Kerr also known as "Tiny" Kerr and or "Al Kerr" while attending he r first semester at Orange Coast Junior College. A courtship ensued and they were married on March 26, 1953 and her last name went from C-U-R-E to KERR. They purchased their home in Garden Grove in 1955 and lived there ever since. She was a wonderful homemaker and hostess along with a career in banking that spanned about 25 years. Wherever Barbara went, people would stop her to say hello, because she knew them from the community, someone who had an account at the bank or had volunteered with her at the neighborhood schools or through her children's activities. Barbara had many fun adventures with her husband and they had quite a large circle of friends whom they continued to have strong relationships with throughout her lifetime. She and Tiny enjoyed traveling; a highlight was a trip they took in their motor home all across the United States for several months, visiting every state in the Union.

Barbara was a great bowler, strong swimmer and excellent water skier who enjoyed spending lots of time at the Kerr's Casa Del Rio, on the Colorado River, Arizona. Barbara was classy yet unpretentious and active; rarely did she just sit down or rest. She was passionate and caring for all people in her life. For the last 15 years, she could be seen riding her bike, in and around the neighborhood daily. If anybody asked, how she was doing, she usually answered, "I am just about perfect, how are you?" with a smile on her face. She was loved by many, she was one of a kind and she will genuinely and greatly be missed.

Celebration of Life of Barbara Kerr begins on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at noon in the Westminster Memorial Park Chapel, 14801 Beach Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683.


Funeral Home

Westminster Memorial Park Mortuary
14801 Beach Blvd Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 893-2421

Published in Orange County Register on Apr. 24, 2014
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