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Barbara Mooney

1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Barbara Mooney

November 4, 1932 - May 8, 2018

Barbara passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, May 8, in Greenbrae, California at the age of 85. A fourth-generation Californian and a 60-year resident of Marin County, she was born Barbara Jean Stewart on November 4, 1932 in Marysville, California to Alice and Willis Stewart, and was raised with two younger siblings—Lewis and Charlotte. A graduate of Yuba City High School in 1950, she attended the University of California at Berkeley from 1951 to 1953 and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Barbara and her first husband, Barney Whitehill, were married in 1953 and raised seven children. She worked as a congressional aide for John Burton from 1981 to 1983 and continued to work for his successor, Congresswoman Barbara Boxer, from 1983 to 1993. Barbara and her husband, Herb Mooney, became life partners in 1987 and were married in 1988. Together, they enjoyed sailing, travel, and time with their friends and family. Their home in Woodacre, California, was devoted to the pleasures of home gardening and the enjoyment of the natural beauty and bounty of west Marin. Barbara was proud to be a thirty-year friend of Mr. Bill Wilson of New York City and Dr. Robert Smith of Akron, Ohio. With her compassion and support, she touched many lives. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alice Woodworth Stewart and Willis Everett Stewart of Yuba City, California; Barney Whitehill, her first husband and father of her children; and her youngest daughter, Charlotte "Schatzi" Whitehill. Her brother, Lewis Stewart, passed away on June 1, 2018. Barbara is survived by her husband of 30 years, Herb Mooney of Woodacre, California; her sister, Charlotte Stewart of Napa, California; her 6 surviving children: George, Mary, Theresa, Paul, Charles, and Andrew; 6 step-children: Monica, Vicki, Paul, Charlie, Claire, and Sheila; 21 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. A public celebration of Barbara's life will be held at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Kentfield, California, on Friday, June 29, 2018 from noon to 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the charity of the giver's choice. For more of Barbara's life stories please visit http://barbara-mooney.forevermissed.com

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 17, 2018
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