Barbara D'Arcy LuncefordDecember 22, 1923 ~ April 19, 2017 (age 93)
Barbara d'Arcy Lunceford, a native of California was born in San Francisco. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 93. Barbara resided in San Francisco for over 20 years, later living in Hayward, Newark, Pine Grove (31 years) and Alamo.
She was the beloved wife of 68 years to the late Clifton (C.J.) Lunceford, loving mother of Darcy Hodges (Bob) and the late Thomas (Tom) Lunceford. Barbara is also survived by her her three grandchildren, Elizabeth Hodges, Matthew Hodges, Heidi Jackson (Dante and mother, Linda) and her three great grandchildren, Giselle Jackson, Elia Hodges and Jocelynn Jackson, her niece, Lynne Adams (John) and their family, her nephew, John Irvin Jr. (Jennifer) and their family and her cousin Kenneth McTaggart (Pat) and their family.
In 1913, Barbara's mother, Elizabeth McMcTaggart (McNevin), her sister, Margaret McTaggart (Hester) and her grandmother, Mary McTaggart (who after her husband died suddenly and World War I caused danger to the residents in their home in Athens, Greece), crossed the Atlantic on a passenger/freighter vessel. Mary's two sons remained in Europe. They moved to Jackson Street in San Francisco in 1914 and then off of Chestnut Street in 1934. After her parents divorced when Barbara was 2 years old and the passing of Margaret's husband, a new living situation was created with three generations under one roof, all women and one toddler boy (John). Many stories were related to the grand children of what life was like for them. Barbara's long time best friend, Doris Fevrier, told many stories when Mary, Barbara's grandmother, working as an interpreter for the International Embassy in San Francisco, would bring home immigrant women while they were waiting to find a home, job or husband. There were many times that Barbara and Betty slept in the living room while the guests slept in their beds. Mary and Margaret entertained guests and family playing and singing many classical songs on their piano; one song in particular, Santa Lucia. There was never a dull moment.
At age 5, Barbara contracted rheumatic fever and lost hearing in one ear. That didn't stop her from enjoying life at home and at school where she was he was a cheerleader at Galileo High School. She learned to sew at a very young age and continued to love it as well as music and going to the movie theatre.
At 18, she met her first love, Army-Air Force Pilot, Albert (Abby) Little and was married at 19 shortly before he deployed to Europe. Within one year, Abby was reported missing in action over Africa and was never found. In 1943, Barbara met a handsome Texan and Navy Seaman, Cliff Lunceford. They were married in 1944. In 1947, Darcy was born and one year later, the Lunceford's moved to Abilene, Texas for Cliff to attend Abilene Christian College. Barbara preferred California and missed her family. When her Grandmother Mary became ill, the family returned to San Francisco and they never left. In 1950, Tom was born and the Lunceford's moved from San Francisco to Hayward to buy their first home. It was near Barbara's family and close enough to visit. Cliff traveled a lot in his job, so Barbara went back to work as a receptionist in1953 while her good friend, Lorraine, cared for the children. Although Barbara worked full time, she always found time to be there for her children. She volunteered to be a Cub Scout leader, was involved in Brownies and Girl Scouts, attended her son's sporting events, drove to many dance classes and recitals for her daughter and spent many weekends visiting the family in San Francisco. She and Cliff had such a passion for life and loved getting together with family and friends. They kept their friends in Hayward for a lifetime. In 1959, the Lunceford's moved again to Newark in order to purchase a home with more land. The kids enjoyed the new high school and Barb and CJ enjoyed watching the kids' involvement in their school activities. Tom became an excellent high school athlete and Barbara and Cliff enjoyed watching his games while Darcy cheered him on as a Cheerleader.
After the kids finished college, Barbara and Cliff moved to Pine Grove in Amador County to be close to Barbara's sister and her family. They resided there for over thirty years. Both were fortunate enough to retire in their late fifties and that was the start of their travels together all over the world. In addition to their yearly trips to Europe, Caribbean, Australia, and many other destinations, they found time to visit and vacation with their children and grandchildren and often taking a few trips a year in the motor home with them and their SIRS groups. She and Cliff had such a passion for life and loved getting together with family and friends.
Life threw her challenges along the way, but, overall, she had a “Wonderful Life” and kept her passion for enjoying life until she passed.
In 2010, Barbara and Cliff needed assistance from their children and moved back to the Bay Area. They loved being close to their children and grandchildren. Even after developing Alzheimer's, Cliff always had a smile for family and friends, especially, Barbara. Cliff passed away peacefully in 2012 after 68 years of marriage. Barbara's son, Tom, unexpectedly, passed away in 2015. This was very difficult for a Mother and Widower to go through. Her small sized family kept her as busy as she could even though she had slowed down quite a bit. Although she had to overcome many medical issues, Barbara always had a smile and a hug for her family and friends and truly enjoyed her life.
She left this world on her own terms and is now with many of her family members and friends. She was so loved and will always be in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, send donations to Vitas Hospice of the East Bay. We would like to thank the people of Vitas Hospice for their devotion and care of our Mother. They truly made a difference in her life and in our Family's life as well. In addition, to our extended family and friends, we thank you for your friendship and support.
A “Celebration of the Life of Barbara Lunceford” will be held at the Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville on June 9th at 11:30 am.