Barbara M. Hobbs BARRE — Barbara M. Book Hobbs passed on March 7, 2019, in Berlin Health and Rehab's Dementia Unit where she had resided for the past four years. She was surrounded by family. Barbara was born on June 23, 1930, in Burlington, to Grace Elizabeth (Young) and Joseph Warren Moore, of Plymouth. She was a 1948 graduate of Rutland High School. After high school, Barbara enrolled in Green Mountain College, Rutland Business College, and in September 1950, proudly enlisted in The United States Marine Corps. It was while she was stationed at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station that she met the father of her three children, Dr. Robert M. Book Jr. They settled in Middlebury where son Robert M. Book III (1953) and daughters Susan M. Book (1955) and Anne D. Book were raised. While in Middlebury, Barbara began her career in the insurance industry at The Middlebury Cooperative Fire Insurance Co., was a Cub Scout den mother, a member of the Middlebury chapter of The Order of The Eastern Star becoming their Worthy Matron and was an adored Mother Advisor to the Middlebury Chapter of The Rainbow Girls. Robert and Barbara divorced in 1971 and Barbara settled in Montpelier, becoming an employee of The National Life Insurance Co. She enjoyed the many wonderful friends she made there, took, then taught, LOMA classes and was a member of The Toastmasters Club. Barbara married Samuel D. Hobbs in 1977 and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, then back to Montpelier in 1982, where she was again employed by The National Life Insurance Co. Samuel and Barbara divorced in 1985. Barbara had many friends, was an avid reader, crossword puzzler and never missed an opportunity to play cards, especially with her children and grandchildren. Barbara was deeply saddened by the death of her brother, Col. Herbert W. Moore, Ret., of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 2006; and her son, Rob, of Wilton, Connecticut, in 2008. She was also predeceased by her parents and a favorite cousin, Janice Nunez, of Richford. Barbara is survived by her daughters Susan M. Book Cowan, of Montpelier, Anne D. Greenberg, of Maryland; and her cherished grandchildren Kimberly G. Cowan, of Colchester, Arthur M. Greenberg, of New York, and Madison U. Cowan, of Charleston, South Carolina. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Karen L. Moore, of Fayetteville; nephews Ronald W. Moore (Tanya), of Fayetteville, Mark R. Moore (Carol), of Southport, North Carolina, niece Denise M. Gehler (Chris), of Colleyville, Texas; and cousins Candace Corey, of Richford, and Deb Hildebrand (Jon), of Essex. Burial will take place the weekend of June 23, her 89th birthday, in the Plymouth Notch Cemetery, beside her parents and son. Those wishing to make donations may contribute to the Activities Fund at Berlin Health & Rehab, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, VT 05641; or the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation at

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