A long time resident of Big Bear, Barbara was born in San Diego, California on September 2, 1937. She passed on June 18, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.
Barbara widowed at 39 and took a job as a kindergarten aid because she had four children to raise. She continued her education and received a BA in Business Administration from CAL State Fullerton which eventually landed her a position as a Pharmaceutical Representative.
She and her second husband, Mickey, were active in the Big Bear Amateur Radio Club for many years. They were also involved with Moonridge Animal Park where they were docents. Barbara volunteered as a literacy tutor at Big Bear Library.
She is survived by her husband, Mickey of 27 years, son Larry Wade and daughter Janice (Tim) Otters, step-sons Ken and Jeff Siegel and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Dorothea Norris and her son James.
A Celebration of Life is planned for July 11, 2019 from 1 to
3 p.m. at the Big Bear Discovery Center.