Barbara Jean Termath

August 1, 2019


Barbara Jean Termath died peacefully in her sleep August 1, 2019, after celebrating her 96thbirthday on June 28. Born to Maxine Rogers and Chesterfield Wyvell, at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena California, Barbara was a California girl through and through. Her first years were happily spent with her mother in the Sierra Madre home of her maternal grandparents, surrounded by the canaries, cats and dogs her grandmother raised. Along with the family’s fur and feathered friends, the beauty of the flora and fauna at the foothills, instilled in Barbara a love for, “All things wise and wonderful, all creatures great and small,” which she carried throughout her life, and passed on to her daughters.

When she was four years old, her mother Maxine, married Philip Eugene Memoli, who served as first chair oboist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and later the MGM Studio Orchestra. Soon, Barbara’s sister Shirley was born and the girls enjoyed a happy home filled with family and friends that nurtured in them a lifelong love of music. 

Barbara met her future husband, Donald Henry Termath, at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. It was the height of the big band era. They loved to dance, and fell in love to the tunes of Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Frank Sinatra. Don served in the Coast Guard during WWII, on a troop carrier in the Pacific. They wed in 1945, during a leave from service before Don was honorably discharged that same year.

Returning to her early childhood home on Sturtevant Dr. in Sierra Madre, Barbara and her new groom lovingly cared for her grandfather during the last years of his life and celebrated the arrival of their two daughters. Later, the family moved across town to a new Fairview Avenue home they cherished. Throughout this time, they remained active at St. Rita’s Catholic Church parish and the Mater de la Rosa monastery nestled in the Sierra Madre foothills.

Barbara enjoyed serving the public as receptionist in a local dental practice and during her years at Arnold’s Hardware and Gifts. Her ability to guide her loyal customers to the choice of just the right gift for their friend or loved one was legendary. Her artistic arrangements adorned the store and home with treasures and mementos she held dear.

Barbara loved her family and enjoyed watching it grow as her three grandchildren came along. They loved their visits to Sierra Madre, where they squeezed lemons from grandpa’s trees into grandma’s famous homemade lemonade. Barbara took great pleasurein her garden, especially , chatting over the fence at the end of a hot California day. Her door was always open and she made time to stop and listen with her heart to friends and neighbors. Everyone felt like they were her best friend even the checker at the supermarket.

After Don passed away in 2005, Barbara moved to Carmel to be near her daughter and “son in love”, as she would say. There she made many new friends and welcomed old ones. Barbara marveled at her good fortune to live near the ocean, never tiring of a ride around Scenic Drive, ending with the viewing of the sheep at Mission Ranch.

She is deeply missed by her family and friends and is survived by her daughter Pamela and husband Jerry Takigawa, daughter Kathleen and husband Jeff Brown and their children Ryan, Sean and wife Megan, granddaughter Noelle, Lauren and husband Peter Clinkenbeard and niece Denise Bratton. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister, Shirley McCarthy.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to Elder Care Consultant Shirley Kiata RN CMC, DR. Susan Kubicka MD, John O’Brian and the Central Coast Senior Services – especially Alta, Christian, Dylan, Heidi, Lillus, Reyna, Sonia, Vanessa , the nurses and staff of VNA Hospice Care, Francia and Chrissy and all who gave superb care and attention to our Barbara. Per Barbara's request private family services were held.

Donations may be made in Barbara Termath’s name to:

 VNA Hospice Care, PO Box 2480, Monterey, California 93940, or to a charity of your choice. 

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