Barbara Santos George
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth:  August 29th, 1950
  • Place of birth:
    San Jose, California, United States
  • Date of passing:  April 15th, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Lafayette, California, United States

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Barbara Santos George, 65, born on August 29th, 1950 and passed away on April 15th, 2016. We will remember her forever.  Her life touched many and they were blessed because they knew her. She changed lives for the better. She had a heart of giving to others, was very humble, and truly cared for the people she came in contact with and got to know.  All that knew her, knew in their heart that she was a very special lady. 

The photos included in the slide show were selected family ones of Barbara during the last year she was with us and those added by her friends of special memories throughout the years. 

Candle lit by  John George  on April 19th, 2016

Barbara George was the light of my life, my compass and true soulmate.  She had a high quality of character and always there for me when I needed her.  She was very humble and "giving" should have been her middle name. She gave of her time, talent, and expertise for the betterment of others. I am saddened from the depths of my heart that she is gone.  Rest in Peace, my Love.

Candle lit by  Cathy Morrey  on April 22nd, 2016

Barbara was one of the most caring & smart mentor/ friend/boss that I ever had.   I was deeply inspired by her courage to speak up and do the right thing. This is what made Barbara stand out as a leader.  She also cared so much about her staff.  Barbara was a gift to this planet and  taught us all so much about life!   I will miss you Barbara!  

Candle lit by  Jean Leonard  on April 22nd, 2016

Barbara was indeed a most special person that I had the privilege of knowing and counting as my friend for 40+ years.  She made the world a better, calmer, more peaceful place by just being Barbara!  Several of us celebrated our birthdays together and as Barbara put it, "us Virgos have to stick together"  and we  celebrated for more than just the one day!  Miss you dear friend!  God bless!

Candle lit by  Bridget Matheson  on April 22nd, 2016

The way that I describe Barbara, is that she is “The essence of Class.”  She had style in spades and always dressed to impress.  Barbara was one of the nicest people I have ever met in my entire life. She also took a person for who they were and never judged them. An example that I recall, was when she retired from the City of San Jose. There where over 100 people at her party, from a variety of different departments and all walks of life. She was so beloved by everyone, because even though she was in a high management position during her time at San Jose, she had an open door policy and would meet with anyone that was interested in meeting with her. Barbara was so kind and approachable. I remember meeting her for the first time, when I was a recreation leader with the City of San Jose. I was so nervous, but instantly she made me feel at ease. I ended up doing my internship with her, while I was obtaining my B.S. in Recreation at San Jose State.  Barbara was a person who had a very strong ethical code and believed in mentoring and helping others reach their full potential. Because of her guidance and mentoring, I want to carry that tradition on for others.  Barbara truly cares about people and really wanted to help everyone. I saw this first hand when I was doing my internship with her and also through her work as the Director for the City of Menlo Park. Barbara was very passionate about helping the low-income community and making sure that recreation programming was accessible for them. Barbara was also so much fun to be around, she loved to listen to Motown music and enjoyed dancing and going out to dinner with her friends.  I will never forget everything that she has done for me in my life and my professional career. Whenever I worry about doing the right thing, I always think to myself, “what would Barbara do”? She is gone from us here on earth, but now she has taken residency in Heaven with all of the cool people and most likely mentoring and helping them up there.

Candle lit by  Terra Carmichael  on April 22nd, 2016

I didn’t know Barbara long, but had the pleasure of meeting her through her family and recently as a neighbor. Something I found so special about Barbara is that she always made one feel like they were the center of the universe. She cared so deeply about others and it showed. Such a special woman. She will be so greatly missed. Love to John, Sean, Jen and all whose lives she touched.

Candle lit by  Cathy Spicer  on April 22nd, 2016

Barbara showed such grace and acceptance towards me and called me friend.  I miss her but am comforted in the thought that she will always be with us in spirit. Cathy

Candle lit by  Jeff & Val Pettegrew  on April 23rd, 2016

Barbara was one of the sweetest,kindest souls we have ever met. She cared deeply for her family and friends.Never drawing attention to any of her own health challenges, she was an inspiration to us with her positive outlook on life and her outpouring of love and joy. We miss so much, but her spirit will forever be with us. Our love to her family.

Candle lit by  Norm George  on April 23rd, 2016

Barbara was my sister-in law and was one of the kindest and great listeners I have ever met. She was a great balance to my brother and will be greatly missed. We were so fortunate for her to visit us in North Carolina this past November in which she was able to see her three nephews and her niece. We will always have Barbara in our hearts and continue to support my brother.

Candle lit by  JT George  on April 24th, 2016

Barbara's passing is eased by the privilege to have known such a kind and loving person. My fondest memory of her was my return from deployment. Here was a woman with sarcoma and all she wanted to do was take care of me. She never spoke of her condition, all she did was spend time with me and ask if there was anything I needed. I am truly thankful to have known such a wonderful woman.

Candle lit by  Patrick George  on April 24th, 2016

Aunt Barbara in my eyes was a women who had strong principals and beliefs. What I admired most about her was how she wanted to spend time with her family one on one. She made plans to spend time with my brothers, sister, and I individually. I will always remember the culinary "tricks" Aunt Barbara shared with me.

Candle lit by  Monica George  on April 24th, 2016

Barbara was an incredible person, intelligent, warm, caring and so much fun. She cherished her family and friends, and was always planning different ways to spend time with those she loved. She was so amazing to me in the way she could connect with anyone she met. I was so blessed to have her as my sister-in-law

Candle lit by  Christopher George  on April 24th, 2016

I will always remember when my Uncle John first introduced us to Aunt Barbara. They came to visit us in Charlotte. She won us over very quickly when she made us our Grandma George's famous honey rolls. Over the years I learned a great deal from her. Words cannot describe how amazing she was, her character, passion for life and love for her family will stick with me for the rest  of my life

Candle lit by  Elise George  on April 24th, 2016

I still remember making honey rolls with my Aunt Barbara when I was little. She was always so kind and thoughtful. I especially respect her for her incredible intellect. She could always engage in any conversation, and I really loved that about her. I will dearly miss my Aunt Barbara. She is so special, and there are very few people like her.

Candle lit by  Melvin Johnson  on April 25th, 2016

   When I worked at Olinder Community Center in the early 80's budgets were tight. It looked like the children would only have a reduced summer program.  Barbara anonymously funded the program for two years.  She did not want any credit for it.  She was a kind, spiritual, special lady and her essence will be with me forever.

Candle lit by  Gerald George  on April 25th, 2016

Barbara had a tremendous passion for life.  She was meticulous in each
and every endeavor she undertook.  Always caring and loving to family
and friends, especially, John, Claire, and Bennett.  A truly wonderful lady I was fortunate to have known.  

Candle lit by  J de Rossett  on April 27th, 2016

Barbara Santos George
As members of the same MPA graduate school cohort, Barbara and I had a lot in common. We shared strong respect and support for Civil Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Barbara also sang with me at San Jose Symphonic choir.
Barbara was compassionate, hard-working and loving person

Candle lit by  Avideh Samardar  on April 27th, 2016

I had the pleasure of working with Barbara as our Department Head Director, and our friendships stayed beyond our scope of work, even after she retired. She was a compassionate, dedicated, and caring person, and loved by many who got to know her. I will miss our coffee dates, and chit chats. She was a dear friend, mentor, and just so lovely. Rest in peace dear Barbara....

Candle lit by  QueenAnn Cannon  on May 2nd, 2016

Barbara, full of warmth& caring. She inspired me to challenge myself always. I am now and always been touched by her generosity in sharing her life & impressed by the way she loved all people, from the homeless to wealthy, from entry level to corporate leaders. Barbara - fun just to sit & talk, to laugh & make jokes& have the best time. Barbara - treasured memories, a gift
- Thanks!

Candle lit by  Becky Baumgartner  on May 3rd, 2016

"Friendships begun in this world can be taken up again in Heaven, never to be broken off." St. Francis de Sales
What an honor to know and love Barbara! How privileged I feel to call her a friend, my friend. And how wonderful to know that one day I will be laughing with her again.

Candle lit by  Robert Shafron  on May 3rd, 2016

I remember when John told me, his very liberal friend, that he was marrying a liberal and my first thought was wow she must be a very special person.  She sure was!  

Over the years I so enjoyed getting together with them.  Whether for dinner, attending an opera or spending a weekend at their home, she was the consummate host and became a good friend. I loved discussing politics and movies with Barbara and John. It was always a lively and fulfilling conversation.

John and Barbara were a team and I will miss her dearly.

Bob Shafron

Candle lit by  Nadine Levin  on May 12th, 2016

My remembrances of Barbara are as a  student. It is difficult to work and pursue an advanced degree and yet Barbara stood out in an very good cohort as a stellar student and one that kept the cohort on-track, She produced excellent work and her participation in class discussions and case study analysis often introduced a way of thinking that lead us into an important learning opportunity. She cared about the work we were doing in the classroom, and most importantly cared about the larger work of public service and community work.

It was truly a remarkable opportunity to have known her

Candle lit by  Bob Coats  on May 19th, 2016

Barbara and I had a tradition of treating each other to breakfast on our birthday. This started 20+ years ago when she joined me for my birthday lunch. Knowing that I liked salty food and smoked, she gave me a bag of Fritos and had a smoke with me (she wasn't even a smoker). Barbara was always willing to go the extra mile. She was a special and caring friend for many. I will miss her.

Candle lit by  Cathy Morrey  on May 28th, 2016

John, what a beautiful service you organized. Your words at the end were so heart felt. I loved the mission statement too. God bless you and your family.

Candle lit by  Cara Flory  on June 6th, 2016

I am so lucky to have known sweet Barbara. Her light was one that will not be soon forgotten. She was so genuine and real with everyone she met, and I am so lucky that I got to be on the receiving end of that! She loved her family fiercely and I know her spirit will live on with them always. I will miss her dearly and am happy for the wonderful memories of her sweet and kind presence.

Candle lit by  Kristin Kelly  on August 28th, 2016

Thinking of you Barb.  Love you so much.  I will miss your sweet voice singing Happy Birthday to me every year.  And I will miss singing into your answering machine tomorrow.  I know you appreciated it even though I can't sing worth a darn.  But for you - I will always sing...  Love you.  Kris

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