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In Memory of

Barbara Ann Todd

September 26, 1931 - March 31, 2015

Obituary


Barbara Gabler Todd, age 83, passed away on March 31, 2015, ending a truly memorable and rewarding life of a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was born September 26, 1931, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Joseph A. and Edna O. Gabler Westlake. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis and William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, where she had the honor of being elected Beauty Queen her senior year. While at William Woods, she met her future husband, Webb, who was a student in nearby Westminster College. They were married...

Barbara Gabler Todd, age 83, passed away on March 31, 2015, ending a truly memorable and rewarding life of a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was born September 26, 1931, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Joseph A. and Edna O. Gabler Westlake. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis and William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, where she had the honor of being elected Beauty Queen her senior year. While at William Woods, she met her future husband, Webb, who was a student in nearby Westminster College. They were married June 20, 1951 and were loving and devoted companions for the next 64 years. During Webb's banking career in Arizona, they enjoyed many fun times living in Nogales, Tucson and Scottsdale before finally settling in Central Phoenix. It never took Barbara long to become deeply involved in community affairs. She was chairman of the Scottsdale Girl's Club Auxiliary and served on the Girl's Club Board. She was a member of the Desert Foundation Auxiliary, Planned Parenthood, the Junior League of Tucson and the Junior League of Phoenix. She played an active role in several high profile congressional and senatorial campaigns. She thoroughly enjoyed international travel on tours and cruises, but her favorite vacation spots were in Mexico and Central America. Her social life in Phoenix was centered around the Phoenix Country Club where she enjoyed playing tennis and golf. Her favorite pastime was oil painting. An accomplished artist, she created many memorable works over the years. Barbara fought a courageous battle with breast cancer for four long years. Though suffering the effects of radiation and chemotherapy, she never lost her vibrant personality and found great comfort in her family and friends whom she always felt were God's gift to her. She will be sorely missed. She is survived by her husband, Webb; daughter Barbara Todd Hawkins; son James (Heidi) W. Todd; two granddaughters Taylor and Kelsey Todd; and brother Jack Gabler. A private family service will be held at Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley with her interment in the Church's Memorial Garden. Memorial gifts may be made to Smile Train, her favorite charity, Hospice of the Valley, or Ryan House which provided her so much comfort.