Barbara S. GELBAND

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GELBAND, Barbara S. longtime Tucson resident, died Monday, April 30, 2018 after a brief illness. Born on July 2, 1948, Barbara was the daughter of Dr. Samuel Gelband and Claire K. Gelband. She grew up in Brookhaven, N.Y., and graduated from Bellport High School. At the University of Arizona, she earned both her bachelors and her law degrees. She was with the Pima County District Attorney's office for nine years, moved to the Arizona Attorney General's office for 15 years, then rejoined the County Attorney juvenile division, from which she retired in 2017. In that time, Barbara took on some of the most challenging and high-profile criminal cases, and was recognized nationally for her work on arson investigations. Barbara enjoyed a wide circle of friends, including a weekly knitting group, and a women's book group, and was an accomplished cook and baker. She was fun-loving and generous, quick to volunteer for many civic groups and community service organizations. Her devotion to friends and family was nearly matched by her love of the New York Yankees. Barbara leaves her daughter, Sarah and son-in-law, and three grandchildren, along with a brother, Les Gelband, and two sisters, Myra Wilson, and Hellen Gelband. Her family plans a celebration of her life on a date to be announced. Those wishing to honor Barbara may make a contribution to a , especially one that supports the needs of children. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.

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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 13, 2018