Lasting Memories

Barbara Alice Burton
Feb. 18, 1927-Feb. 17, 2012
Pleasanton, California

Barbara Alice Burton passed away peacefully in her sleep February 17, 2012 in Pleasanton. She was born February 18, 1927 in Wilmington, Delaware to the late John Wilmer Parsons and Alice Davis Burton Parsons. She moved with her parents and brother, Burton Wilmer Parsons, to San Francisco in 1945. As a young girl, during wartime, Barbara embarked on her tireless involvement with volunteer service that began at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital. Caring for her fellow man was a quality that developed early and continued in life. She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and great-aunt who lived for her family who knew she thought the world of them. She amassed over thirty years of government service throughout her career, working for four federal government agencies, and receiving numerous awards of merit and achievement. After retiring from the federal government she worked for the Director of the San Francisco International Airport, and as a senior citizen herself, began ten years of compassionate care to the elderly. She loved to sing, write and pursued and professed learning her whole life. As a child she sang in church choir, and as a young woman sang in a western band, and later in life her family heard her perform with the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra. She enjoyed live theatre, the opera, and ballet. She was a prolific writer of letters, poems and stories. She was a member of the Beverly Writers group and published in an Anthology of Poems, Autumn Sun. Over the years she was a member of several chapters of the California Writers Club, Pleasantonians for Peace, Save the Bay, and San Bruno Mountain Watch, Save the Mission Blue Butterfly, Friends Outside, San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline, and other organizations. In her pursuit of life-long learning she attended several community, and state colleges including San Jose State, and Cal Berkeley. She was an ardent reader and once noted that "If a person read all the books in her collection it would be the equivalent of a college education." Reading and writing were her passions and "catching up on the 'culture' she didn't get for years" gave her much joy in later years. Before she moved back to Pleasanton to be closer to her family in 2011, she lived near U.C. Berkeley for nine years, where she made a new circle of friends, was an active member of Older Women's League (OWL), BCCO, Writer's Workshop, and attended U.C. Extension classes. She was looking forward to her growing involvement in the writers groups, pursuing publishing her stories and seeing her new friends prior to departing this world. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Dane Lewis, her daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Jerry Kochan, and her granddaughters, Marissa and Bonnie Kochan. She is also survived by an aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends. A remembrance of Barbara will take place in the future. For more information