Barbara Babcock (June 05, 1927 - October 21, 2021)

In loving memory of
Barbara Babcock
  • June 05, 1927
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  • October 21, 2021

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Barbara Louise Brandenburg Babcock was born in Ohio on June 5, 1927 to Benjamin Franklin Brandenburg and Matilda Frances (nee Meiring) Brandenburg. Her parents told her they found her on a stump – a story she believed for many years.
Barbara grew up in a bilingual environment, however only utilized the American English language during her life.
She was an accomplished pianist, but very few people would know this as she suffered from performance anxiety.
Upon graduating from Piqua Central High (Ohio), she immediately became employed at Jackson Tube (later becoming Armco Steel). She briefly attended University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.
She loved roller skating, and she met her future husband – Norman Kenneth Babcock, Jr. – at the roller rink. (He didn’t skate, but just came to see her.) She agreed to date him only if he would teach her how to drive the Jeep. They were married on March 14, 1945. (She learned to drive the Jeep.)
Upon moving to Florida in 1971, she subsequently became employed as a bookkeeper at Big John’s Grocery Store in Cape Coral, Florida.
She collected anything and everything with a strawberry on it and loved cats!
She and two of her cousins (Amelia “Sis” Harris and Pat Doss) became a well-known trio as they generously catered special harp events. They became known as the “Catering Cousins.”
After her husband died, she and her bestie Janice Magill paired up to become Santa (Jan) and the elf (Barb) visiting younger children in local schools. Barbara wanted to make a difference and chose to volunteer in her daughter Bambi’s classroom. (Incidentally, this was the first time she had ever ridden a school bus.) She soon became a member of the Foster Grandparent Program. She was very active with the children. She loved working in the classroom with her daughter, Bambi, and Tessa McDowell. She also enjoyed volunteering for Yolanda Figueroa. She absolutely loved the children and they loved her. One child drew a picture with hearts on it and said that it was to reminder her that Grandma Pickle’s love went with her wherever she goes.
Friends called her “Pickle,” but she was affectionately known as “Grandma Pickle” to the children.
She was one of the many strong and invincible people of the WWII generation and never hesitated to tell stories of her life to others. Her stories made history come to life.
On the morning of October 21, 2021, Barbara closed her eyes to this confused world and opened them to a perfect world called Heaven.
She is greatly missed, but always loved, by her daughter Bambi (Bob) Fischer and her granddaughter, Barbara Elizabeth Fischer.
If so inclined, in her memory, please be kind to cats, donate food to a cat shelter, pet a cat or adopt/rescue a cat.

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If so inclined, in her memory, please be kind to cats, donate food to a cat shelter, pet a cat or adopt/rescue a cat.

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  1. Gayle Tinsley says:
    27 Oct 2021
    Pickle was a warm light in this sometime dark World. She was such a joy to be around, so loving, kind, & sweet with a wonderful laugh. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Gayle Tinsley says:
    27 Oct 2021
    Such a special lady, friendly ,sweet, kind with a contagious laugh. She was a light in this sometime dark world & she will be missed. Love you Pickle, I'll see you again, in Heaven!

  3. Tessa posted an image:
    27 Oct 2021
    Grandma Pickle as a elf. This is my favorite picture with her.
    Grandma Pickle as a elf. This is my favorite picture with her.

  4. Tessa lit a candle:
    27 Oct 2021
    Lit since October 27, 2021 at 10:12:56 PM

  5. Tessa says:
    27 Oct 2021
    Love you Grandma Pickle!

  6. Amanda Pendergrast says:
    27 Oct 2021
    Pickle was so much fun to be around. You couldn't help but laugh or smile when you were around her. She was very special. My condolences to the family. You're in my thoughts

  7. Janice Magill says:
    27 Oct 2021
    Pickle was like a 2nd mum and we went all over Ft Myers shopping, volunteering, eating lunch and generally exploring. I was so privileged to know her and to pray with her before she went to be with Jesus. I loved her sense of humour and we loved playing jokes.

  8. Deborah Fabre says:
    27 Oct 2021
    What a beautiful soul. Her laugh was contagious! So glad she is free from this hard world and sickness. I loved her and send my condolences to the family.

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