Barbara E. Tucker
Barbara was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on May 27, 1917. She graduated from Framingham State Teachers’ College in Massachusetts and taught school in Foxboro for several years before becoming a stewardess of American Airlines in 1944. She flew for American until 1957 and returned to teach in Foxboro for a year before beginning her DoDDS career. Barbara’s first assignment was in Turkey at Izmir ES. She also taught at the elementary level in Japan; Seville, Spain; Wiesbaden, Germany; Lakenheath, England, and was a principal at Karachi, Pakistan. Lakenheath was her home for 15 years, until she retired in 1989.
Barbara then moved to Carmel, California, and enjoyed the warm sunshine and beautiful scenery of the Monterey Peninsula.
In the words of a very close friend, “She truly loved England and everything to do with living there. She had an incredible interest in people and in helping people in need. In retirement, she tutored an adult in a literacy program through her local library. She also gave much assistance to her neighbors in her retirement community who needed rides or just cheering up. She was an incredibly thoughtful person who was much loved by her friends for her wit and charm.”
In 2005, Barbara moved to the assisted living floor of the Hyatt Park Lane in Monterey. She continued to be a bright spark and was known for her warm smile, wry wit and humor, and her ‘flashy’ earrings. She passed away in her sleep on January 29, 2006.
Submitted by Sharon Freed