Barbara Dalton (August 20, 1937 - August 20, 2023)

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Barbara Dalton
  • August 20, 1937
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  • August 20, 2023

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Barbara Anne (Fawcett) Dalton passed away at her home in Orlando, FL. She was born in Winchester, Va to the late Richard F and Dorothy Mae (Copenhaver) Fawcett Sr. She moved to Philadelphia, when she was a teenager and graduated from Kensington High School, earned a scholarship to Temple University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was the first female Drum Major for their Diamond Marching Band. She was married to the late John H Dalton Sr..


She was a devoted Grandma to Clifford John Stone, John Christopher Dalton, Austin Jack Coskey Dalton and Dominica Anne (Stone) Juilfs. Grandma B to Megan & Kalynn Dever, James Frazier and Shelli Paynter and great grandmother to Haley A (Juilfs) Kaufmann and Maelynn M Juilfs.

She is also survived by her daughter Donna-Lynne Dalton, brothers Richard F Fawcett and Frederick G Fawcett, daughter-in-law Catherine Dalton Groves, son-in-law Gary Groves, ex son-in-law Wm “Joe” Stone, several cousins, many nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and Ohio.


In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, John H Dalton Jr (Jackie), and sister Maxine V (Fawcett) Whelchel.


In her youth she traveled the eastern seaboard to perform as a baton twirler in competitions and parades which garnered her numerous state, regional and national titles/awards including Miss Majorette of America, Miss Majorette of the Year and Who’s Who in Baton Twirling.



Her career spanned 30+ years as a writer for Miss Majorette Magazine, designer and model for Art-Teen Uniforms, pageant judge, teaching baton, acrobatics, drama, modeling and puppetry including founding & teaching the championship baton twirling groups the Forresters and the Phillyettes. Her acrobatic teams and drama clubs won numerous awards and many of her students went on to find success in the entertainment industry.


She was proud to be an early and active member of the National Organization for Women where she was involved in voter registration and human rights campaigns, which she continued into retirement.

Also, In her retirement she enjoyed doting on her grandsons, expanding her collection of cat figurines, going out to eat and shopping.


Memorial Contributions can be made to the National Organization for Women.  and the United States Twirling Association Scholarship Fund

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  1. Carol Juzwiak says:
    18 Apr 2024
    Barbara taught me to twirl back in the’50s. I lived in Lawncrest so I was a Phillyette. Loved my years with Barbara as a mentor. My Mom most of our uniforms. Still have my Scrapbook. Filled with a lot of memories that I would not have except for Barbara.

  2. Austin Dalton says:
    23 Dec 2023
    The most remarkable and kind human being I’ll ever get the privilege of knowing. You were something special

  3. Tracey McDonald Smith says:
    02 Sep 2023
    Your spunkiness lives on through your daughter and grandchildren! Thank you!

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