Obituary of Barbara Donald
Barbara Cohen Donald spent her last day in her home with her family and amazing caregivers, Janet and Alexandra, touching her, listening, singing, reading, and loving her until she slipped away to continue her dance with the love of her life, Bill Donald.
Barbara Burton Cohen was born in Chilliwack, B.C,, to Marjorie Louise Burton from Canada and Douglas Bray Cohen, from Oakland. They settled in Stockton where Barbara was a 1940 graduate of Stockton High.
She then attended UC Berkeley where she joined the Alpha Phi sorority, became an avid reader, worked in the Berkeley High library, enjoyed her friends, sports, classes and parties.
She met Bill at Soda Springs, Calif., in 1942. She became Mrs. William Goodricke Donald Jr. in 1944. They made their home in Berkeley.
Barbara and Bill led a close, affectionate, active life, sharing church, Cal Bears, Alta Bates functions, tennis, bridge, MIEC, traveling, being cast and crew for plays, dancing, snorkeling, family genealogy, A’s, and backpacking in the Sierras.
Barbara gave herself graciously and generously to her many interests. With an amazing memory for details, she was a stimulating hostess, storyteller, professional volunteer and enthusiastic organizer.
Her four daughters were rewarded all their lives by her involvement with the UC International House where she hosted new students from other countries, settling them into apartments, sharing family adventures, mentoring them through their stay in the U.S.
Barbara cultivated and cherished many friends in her diverse, prolific Garden of Life.
Her survivors include daughters, Kathryn, Lin, Nancy and Patricia; beloved sons-in-law, David Poock and Tom Manuel; sister Mardi Schma and family; sister-in-law Moire Donald; mother-in-law Donna Donald; brother-in-law Warren Edwards and family; nieces, Susan Edwards and Joan Walmsley; grandchildren, Amanda Feusner, Jamie Feusner, Jodie Feusner, Patrick Doyle, Carey Doyle, Josh Einsle, Elizabeth Poock, and Julia Poock; and great-grandchildren, Jaeger and Zoe Trafton, Hugh and Henry Einsle and Jay Cherry.
She leaves behind her chosen family from All Souls Parish, book club friends of 60 years, Campfire Girls, bridge group, Cohen Bray House, Town and Gown Club, Berkeley Food Bank. MIEC, YWCA, United Way, and friends at the UC Botanical garden.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 20, 2014, at All Souls Parish, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94706.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland, 4123 Broadway, Ste. 145, Oakland, CA, 94611.
We were blessed to have had the best mom, sister, granny, auntie and friend imaginable. We know you are dancing with Bill.
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