Barbara Babb

Barbara Babb, 81, of New Paltz, New York, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Born September 11, 1938 in Roaring Springs, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Marvin Louis and Katherine (Bayer) Foster. She graduated from Williamsburg (PA) High School in 1956 and Penn State University in 1960 with a degree in Journalism.

In June of 1986, Barbara married Robert William Babb in New Paltz, New York. They enjoyed more than15 years together before his passing on December 21, 2004.

Barbara began her career at Doubleday Publishing. She later worked as a senior writer at Paine Webber in Manhattan for many years. After moving to New Paltz, as a freelance writer she contributed articles to: Hudson Valley magazine, Inside Business, and Historic Huguenot Street.

Barbara found joy in nature and outdoor activities. Mohonk and Minnewaska were very special places to her.  Barbara and Bob faithfully spent a week at Echo Lake in Maine for many years. Barbara and her stepdaughter carried on this tradition for as long as Barbara was able to. Barbara loved to travel the world with her family and friends.

She had a life-long love of cats and enjoyed their company throughout most of her life. Her quick wit and sense of humor could surprise you at the most unexpected times. She was a good friend to many.

Survivors include many cousins, her stepchildren, Lisa Babb of New Paltz, NY and Robert J. Babb of Fairhaven, MA; her two brothers, Daniel Foster and his wife, Linda of Souderton, PA and Ed Foster and his wife, Linda of Hicksville, OH; her niece, Jennifer Foster and her nephews, Kristopher Foster, Aaron Foster; Steven Foster; and Greg Foster.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at Woodland Pond, New Paltz, New York on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2 pm in the Great Room (Assisted Living Section). An additional service for family and long distance friends will be scheduled at a later date.

Donations can be made to the:


Copeland-Hammerl Funeral Home is honored to assist Barbara’s family with the arrangements.

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