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Birth Date: 
May 22, 1930
Date of death: 
May 15, 2021

Barbara Joyce Lewis passed away in her home on May 15, 2021, with her family by her side at 90 years of age.

Barbara was born in Clearfield, PA, the youngest of three siblings. After graduating high school, she attended Allegheny General Hospital Nursing School in Pittsburgh, PA, where she graduated in 1951 as a registered nurse. In 1956 she moved to San Francisco, where she worked at UCSF Hospital for two years. Following her marriage in 1959, Barbara moved to Alameda in 1960. She started working at Alameda Hospital for 37 years until her retirement in 1997.

Barbara’s life was dedicated to working full-time as an RN until her retirement. She was a member of Eastern Star and Trinity Lutheran Church. At Trinity, she sang in the choir and served lunch for the Senior Lunch Program. Additionally, Barbara was also a volunteer at the Alameda Animal Shelter and was a docent at the Alameda Museum. Keeping her needs and wishes unspoken, Barbara would always care for others first, always willing to help others in need.

Barbara is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Clayton Penson Lewis. She is survived by her two sons, Steven and Douglas Lewis; Daughters-in-law Hilde Klement and Diane Lewis and grandchildren Ryan and Jessica.

Hybrid funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alameda on July 10.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Barbara Lewis to: Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, the Alameda Museum nd Trinity Lutheran Church

Birth Date: 
Jan 1, 1931
Date of death: 
May 15, 2021

Barbara Joyce Lewis passed away in her home on May 15, with her family by her side at 90 years of age.

Barbara was born in Clearfield, Penn., the youngest of three siblings. After graduating high school, she attended Allegheny General Hospital Nursing School in Pittsburgh, Penn., where she graduated in 1951 as a registered nurse. In 1956 she moved to San Francisco, where she worked at UCSF Hospital for two years. Following her marriage in 1959, Barbara moved to Alameda in 1960. She worked at Alameda Hospital for 37 years until her retirement in 1997.

Barbara’s life was dedicated to working full-time as an RN until her retirement. She was a member of Eastern Star and Trinity Lutheran Church. At Trinity, she sang in the choir and served lunch for the Senior Lunch Program. Additionally, Barbara was also a volunteer at the Alameda Animal Shelter and was a docent at the Alameda Museum. Keeping her needs and wishes unspoken, Barbara would always care for others first, always willing to help others in need.

Birth Date: 
Dec 9, 1951
Date of death: 
Mar 30, 2021

Resident of Alameda

Patricia Carol Colburn, who we called Pat, passed away March 30, 2021 at her home in Alameda, Calif. Pat was born in Owensboro, KY on December 9, 1951 to Charles and Carol Colburn. She grew up in Kentucky among many siblings and cousins. Early on Pat showed a passion for art, theater, writing and other forms of expression and communication. After Owensboro High School, she attended Murray State University. Pat later developed her photography and journalism skills at The Army’s Defense Information School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. She became a free-lance photographer and active with Valley Watch Evansville during its early formation and focus on the lower Ohio River Valley, particularly battling what was then known as “synfuel” plants. Her sense of adventure and her curiosity eventually brought her to the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1980’s, and then to Alameda.

Arriving with a wonderfully genuine and infectious smile along with a positive disposition, she continued to communicate and persuade. She was a member of the “Measure D” committee which sponsored the 1990 countywide charter amendment raising over 100 million dollars for recycling programs in Alameda County. She founded the Alameda Art Center to support local artists. Combining her passion for art with her desire to protect our shared environment, she created the Alameda Earth Day Art Show which promoted art made from found objects.

Pat was an energy consultant, green building advisor and green realtor. Often energetic and engaged in the present, she was likewise a wonderful, compassionate listener. She could also be found with a contagious smile on a local dance floor when Cajun or Zydeco music filled the air. Her infectious smile could even be seen when volunteering with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda to “Trash Talk” at a local outdoor event.

Pat was preceded in death by her father, Charles Colburn, and her brother, Mark Colburn. She is survived by her mother, Carol Colburn; sisters, Linda Seagle and Sandy Adams; brothers, John Colburn and Jason Colburn; and her partner, Hank Reekers, who loved her dearly.

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