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Barbara Featherstone


1921 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Barbara Featherstone Obituary
was born on May 4, 1921 and peacefully passed away with loving family and friends on December 27, 2010 at the age of 89. Barbara was raised in West L.A. and was the only child of Bart and Mimi Barton. She graduated from Los Angeles High School and later attended USC. After college, "Barbie" worked for United Airlines where she met her future husband, Fred Featherstone, Jr. who sadly passed away in 1996. The very active and loving couple got married in December of 1941 and had an exciting start as they exchanged wedding vows in a "blackout" in San Francisco before Fred entered World War II as an Air Force pilot. Months into the war, Barbie received a letter from our military stating her husband was "missing in action". Weeks later Barbara received the great news that Fred had miraculously survived a plane crash in New Guinea with a broken back and was able to return to the United States in 1943 where he was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. In 1945 Fred went back to work as a pilot for United Airlines and the young couple settled near the sands of Manhattan Beach in 1947. The "Feathers" started their beach family in 1946 with sons, Fred, John and Jim who attended Mira Costa High School. Living next to Live Oak Park, there was never a dull moment as the sports-oriented family was actively involved in football, volleyball and golf. Their main source of entertainment was spent on their local beach at Marine Street, surfing and body surfing. Barb and Fred were also rabid USC football fans who were season ticket holders for over 25 years. Barbara affectionately known as "Cease" to her family and friends, was the rock of the household. She was always up, always happy and spreading goodwill from sun up to sun down. Barb always had a smile on her face and was willing to help a neighbor or any friend in need. She was such a pleasant, patient and wonderful woman who was always giving. She had a great personality and was fun to be around because she was always in a good mood. Cease always welcomed her sons' friends and was a second mother to many. She was quite the homemaker and hosted many festive parties. Her motto was "Be Happy, be optimistic. Make someone laugh or smile everyday and comfort people in need". In 1953, Barbara became a member of the Sandpipers Women's Club and was a member for over two decades. Fred and Barbara were also very active members of the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club where the kids could swim, play badminton and host great luaus, Hawaiian style. Fred and Barbara vacationed regularly on Maui where they enjoyed many years in their condo in Kihei playing golf at Wailea and relaxing on the beach at Kihei. Their other joy as a family was to vacation on the "Island of Romance", Catalina, from 1954 to the present. Their sons and respective families have continued to celebrate this tradition every summer in August. After Fred's retirement from United Airlines in 1970, the couple moved to Fallbrook to enhoy golf and to support son Jim's golfing career. This move also enabled them to be closer to sons, Fred and John who were finishing their athletic careers at San Diego State. Their last move together was to San Marcos and Barbie enjoyed her remaining years at La Costa Glen Retirement Resort. Barbara will be deeply missed by many including son, Fred and his wife, Cheryl along with their children Stacy and Denny; son, John and his daughters, Terre, Ivy, Keegan and Arianna; son, Jim and his wife Mary along with their sons, Cory and Colin; and great grandchildren, Gabriel and twins, Parker and Carly. A Celebration of Life is planned for Barbara on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 2:30 to 5 pm at Delzano's By the Sea Restaurant, Redondo Beach. Fred and Barbara will be remembered in the surf at Marine Street, the pristine waters off Catalina and their beautiful beach in Kihei, Maui where they will be united once again as their ashes are spread. Anyone wishing to attend her Celebration may send an email to [email protected]. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

Aloha, Mom & Dad. May peace be with you both! xoxo!
Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 21, 2011
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