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Barbara White Cable


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Barbara White Cable Obituary
November 16, 1919 - August 18, 2016 Barbara White Cable (nee Barbara Curtiss White) passed away on the morning of August 18, 2016, in her home in Lakewood at the age of 96. Barbara was born in Los Angeles on November 16, 1919, the only child of Fred Curtiss White and Helen Baird Gordon. She experienced tragedy as a young girl when her father was killed in an auto accident in Seal Beach in 1929, a loss she would feel her entire life. Barbara attended the Orton School and Hammond Hall in Los Angeles, continuing on to UCLA where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Known as "Babs", she was recognized as one of ten outstanding coeds in her junior year for her academic work as well as her commitment to campus organizations. She made Mortar Board, and was a member of the national dramatic arts fraternity Zeta Phi Eta, as well as the crew team auxiliary, Shell and Oar. It was at UCLA that Barbara met her future husband, Daniel Kingston "King" Cable. She graduated with a degree in history in 1942 and soon after she and King were married in Westwood. When the war intervened in their lives, they lived in a variety of places while King served in the Army Air Forces. In San Antonio, Texas, their first child, Kathy was born. After the war they returned to California, finally settling in Lakewood to raise their family which had expanded to include son Doug and daughter Courtney. "Settling" did not mean a sedentary life. Barbara kept active in the community and with her circle of friends, which was both wide and close. She entertained regularly and traveled broadly. Barbara was a woman of spirit and personality, combining keen intelligence, a fierce wit, and deep love for her friends and family. She had strong opinions and was not afraid to share them. She was both forceful and loving, stern and kindly, and always enjoyed a good laugh. Barbara was an extraordinary Scrabble player, even in her later days. She loved tennis, classic movies, music and theater, and was not above trading her husband a night at the opera for a Clint Eastwood movie. (Alas, however, she never mastered the art of cookery...) Barbara made lifelong friends wherever she went. She was a longtime member of the Jane Austen Society and supported a number of personal causes throughout her life. She stayed in close touch with her friends from UCLA and was a stalwart on the reunion committees. She was a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. From St., Louis, Missouri to Portland, Oregon to San Luis Obispo, CA, she brought all her kids and grandkids together. She was truly the backbone of her family. Barbara is survived by her three children as well as by seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, who knew her as "Baba". Those who were privileged to know her cherish her memory and miss her keenly. She was truly one of a kind. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barbara's name to Admiral Hospice Care, 4010 Watson Plaza Dr., Suite 120, Lakewood, CA 90712.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 22 to Sept. 25, 2016
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