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Barbara  Williams  Labagh

Obituary for Barbara Williams Labagh

January 17, 1944 - February 6, 2021
San Mateo, California | Age 77


Barbara was born on January 17, 1944 in San Francisco to Jean and Bob Williams.

She grew up in San Francisco and moved to Burlingame as a young girl. Barbara loved her big sister and best friend, Ann. She also loved being the "big" sister to her younger brothers, Jim and Steve. She attended Our Lady of Angels and Mercy High School in Burlingame and graduated from Dominican College in 1966.

After graduation Barbara spent the summer travelling in Europe. Upon returning in fall, she entered graduate school at San Jose State and earned a Standard California Teaching Credential.

In the fall of 1967, she began a teaching career in the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City. She worked in this district for several years and taught grades five through eight during her tenure. She retired from JESD on the day she adopted her daughter Christine.

In 1970, Barbara married Paul Labagh. They were married fifty years. When they were first married, Barbara and Paul lived in San Francisco. Three years later they built their first home in Foster City. In 1982 they moved to San Mateo. They have two children, daughter Christine and son Brian. Christine is married and lives in Santa Cruz. Brian lives with his parents in San Mateo.

While raising her children, Barbara loved being a stay-at-home mom and was very active in her children's schools and in the community. Some of the organizations she was involved in were: Junior League of San Francisco; Little Children's Junior Auxiliary; University Women; Saint Luke's Women's Club and Saint Bartholomew's Parish.

When her children entered middle school, Barbara returned to school and work. She received a Language Development Certificate from Notre Dame de Namur University and worked with English Language Learners in the Ravenwood School District in East Palo Alto for two years. She spent the last 15 years of her career teaching 2nd grade in the Hillsborough School District, where she had many wonderful teaching and learning experiences. While working in Hillsborough, she earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University; served on the negotiating council; attended summer leadership training sessions at Harvard; and was an active district representative to BASRC. She loved teaching and she loved her students.

Both Barbara and Paul retired in 2009 when they became grandparents.

Barbara had many opportunities to travel over the years - through much of the Continental United States, especially the East Coast. She also enjoyed wonderful trips to Hawaii, various parts of Mexico; Canada; the Virgin Islands; Bahamas; and Cayman Islands. She especially treasured spending time at her cabin at Lake Tahoe.

An old friend reminisced: Three views of Barbara stand out clearly and immediately in my memory. The first is the look of highest happiness and pride on her face when she and Paul arrived near the end of a St. Luke Lagoon Mass. She was carrying newly adopted Christine to introduce her to us all. The second, the "We're in the Money" musical routine from "42nd Street". Barbara and several other St. Luke ladies performed in a wonderful St. Luke Women's Club fundraising show, an event they did so well. The third, the duets she sang with her sister Ann. They would spontaneously break into singing "Sisters" [a song written by Irving Berlin].

Barbara had a great sense of humor and a great laugh. She was fun and made things fun for others. She was a loving and loyal wife, daughter, sister and friend. She has many friends from all parts of her life, whom were very important to her. She devoted herself to her children. She was a wonderful aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Also, she was a dramatic musical "star" in high school and volunteer productions. She loved learning. She loved her garden, arranging flowers, planning parties. She was a great cook, hostess and storyteller. She will be remembered as someone who gave 100% in all she did.

Barbara is survived by Paul, her husband of 50 years, son Brian, daughter Christine (Nate) Mantua, grandchildren Nicholas and Marina, and siblings Ann Regan and Steve Williams. She is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-deceased by parents Jean and Bob Williams, and brother Jim Williams.

There will be a private family internment. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Private Celebration of Life is pending

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