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OBITUARY: Barbara S. Read



Goodland loses a remarkable friend “Babs”

A9-CBN_10-18-13-2Barbara S. Read died Tuesday, October 1, 2013, surrounded by family at her daughter’s home in Goodland, FL.

She was the daughter of William P. Spencer and Ethel Price, and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with her two brothers, William and Richard Spencer. Babs was married to Ted Read, who died in 1992. Together they raised nine surviving children; Susan, Chip, Hank, Amelia, Spencer, Jon, Cindy, Andrea and Stacy, as well as 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA and years later earned her Masters in Special Education, followed by teaching at Head Start school in Hartford, CT. Babs was a civic minded individual, volunteering at hospitals, museums and non pro?t organizations. After raising the family in

West Hartford, CT and summering at “Dune Top,” Babs and Ted retired to Carefree, AZ for several years enjoying desert life, including hot air balloons that frequently colored the big sky from their home.

In later years Babs lived between New Harbor, ME and Goodland, FL. In Maine she was surrounded by Hooker/Quilting friends and the New England landscape that ran in her blood. At 84 years old, Babs purchased a small cottage in Goodland, FL that represented her freedom and independence to live the final years of her life ?lled with visiting family and friends, and became a treasured member of Goodland’s community.

Babs was known for her wit, humor and FUN, as well as writing little ditties. Below was written for two of her Granddaughters’ graduating class in 1998.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho

It’s off for fun you go
To see the sights
and enjoy the lights
Of what you call
“The Big Apple”
You’ll ?y high in spirit,
and in your jet too
“Coz to most of you,
New York is new
Enjoy the city,
but don’t be “nitwitty”
Never ?ash your cash
or do anything rash
Then when you return home
all safe and sound
You’ll be ready to graduate
and move to new ground.

Babs will be greatly missed, most of all by her four-legged companion “Munchkin.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics at: Special Olympics INC.1133 19th street NW, Washington, DC 20036 Special Olympics is a tax exempt 501(c)3 non-pro?t organization.

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