Barbara J. Gardner, 88, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.
Barbara was born in Kansas City, Mo., and moved to Southern California at age 5. After 80 years she moved to Glenwood to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Grant Hanson. Right away she fell in love with Glenwood and living at Ridgewood Villa.
In high school she was a cheerleader and went on to waterskiing (on one ski and beach take-offs), golfing and dancing. She really enjoyed singing, reading and lying on the beach in the warm sun while her three children swam and played in the ocean. One of her favorite hobbies was WordFind. She would order the books by the case. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and was a whiz with numbers. She worked for years as a bookkeeper/accountant for various companies and was eventually promoted to the first female manager at a large newspaper office in the data processing department.
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