Barbara Maas Walkup Barbara, 85, of Lafayette, passed away peacefully while on vacation in Palm Desert, CA on Jan 26, 2013.
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Barbara was born July 21, 1927 in San Francisco, CA to Henry Bothin Maas and Gladys Claribel Bouquet.
The family moved to San Mateo, where she attended San Mateo High School. Her many friends included Merv Griffin of television fame, who enjoyed playing piano at her parent's home, and she was very close friends with Cal Tjader, the jazz musician (who taught her to play the bongo drums). Her first job was as a telephone operator in Burlingame, and she loved to tell us how exciting it was to announce to callers that WWII was over! She then worked as a receptionist at United Airlines and thoroughly enjoyed the glamour and excitement of aviation. Later she received an offer to work for a family friend, the president of C. Brewer in Honolulu; she jumped at the chance, and after an intensive course in shorthand dictation she was off to Hawaii where she spent an unforgettable year making friends that she kept all her life. Yet as wonderful as Hawaii was, she realized (after many love letters) that her future was back in California. So she returned in 1948, and wed Milton B. Walkup in 1950. They moved to Lafayette in 1952, where she raised three children and still managed to keep a full social calendar of parties, lunches, and always laughter. Later years were filled with world travel and lots of golf at Contra Costa Country Club.
She was a youthful and caring spirit to all her many friends, and brought out the sense of fun in everyone she knew. She will be sorely missed by family and friends, young and old.
Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Milton B. Walkup. She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Maas Waste, of Fremont, CA; her children, Garrett, Jeffrey, and Lauren; her grandchildren, Kendall and Dawson Green.
The family will have a private memorial. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send a donation to the
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 12, 2013