Barbara McClendon Champion
Jan 12, 1924 - May 7, 2014
Barbara died in her sleep after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Dr Samuel J McClendon of Texas and Julia MacCorkle of Virgina. She was raised in San Diego and attended Pt Loma High School. She graduated from Pomona College and lived briefly in New York City before moving to San Francisco in the late 1940's. Barbara worked for the California Dept of Rehabilitation as a counselor for many years until her retirement. During that time she received her MSW from San Francisco State. She was married to Dale Champion until 1963 but remained friends with him until his death in 2008. She enjoyed traveling the world, was a voracious reader, loved cooking, parties, politics, eating out, and especially caring for her beloved animals, of which there were many. Her house was also home to many people over the years, many whom remained her friend until her death. Barbara will be missed by many. She is survived by her sister Marijeanne Crabtree of San Diego, her niece Karen Crabtree and her husband Jaisingh Niemer of Ukiah, her nephews Gary Crabtree of Walla Walla, WA, and Chris Crabtree of Santa Barbara and their spouses and children. A memorial service is being planned at a later date. Donations can be made in her name to the Marine Mammal Center or the Point Reyes Bird Observatory.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from May 24 to May 26, 2014.