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Jane (Poole) Barber
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Jane (Poole) Barber

Born: September 30, 1923
Died: January 04, 2013

Elizabeth Jane Poole Barber, born September 30, 1923, loving parent, grandparent, and great grandparent died January 4, 2013, peacefully at her home of 12 years in Palo Cedro on her terms.

Jane was a longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Anna Head High School in Oakland at age 16 and then Stanford '44 B.A. in Social Sciences ("because it was an easy major").

Beginning in the late 1940's, Jane worked at the Vallejo Times Herald as a beat reporter where she met her husband of 20 years, Joseph Dorr Barber (1914 - 1972). In the early 1950's, she went on to the San Mateo Times where she was "The Talk of the Times" columnist then Weekend/Special Editions/Travel/Food Editor (though she disliked cooking) retiring in 1992.

Jane ventured down the Amazon River trading clothing for bark paintings, saw Iran pre-1980, circumnavigated the world having two 50th birthdays crossing the International Dateline, voted for Dewey because, "he was more handsome than Truman," studied by flashlight in her closet at Stanford during the WWII blackouts (when she didn't sell her books for beer money) and saw bathtub Gin being made in her home during Prohibition.

She is survived by daughter Elizabeth "Betsy" Bivin of Millville, granddaughter Jane Bogue Mulcahy, and great grandchildren Shannon Kate and Erin Elizabeth Mulcahy all of Murray, Utah.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services and donations to be made to charities of choice. Her last words were, "Have fun!"

Arrangements handled through Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Palo Cedro (547-4444).

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