Born April 19, 1929 Barbara was the only child of Joseph Green and Olive Rose Danner Green. At an early age, she showed musical talent, learned to play the piano and sang soprano in high school and college choirs.
Barbara graduated from Ballard High School in 1947 and went on to attend the University of Washington where she joined a group called the Westminster Alums whose members remained her life-long friends. After graduating, her best friend, Nedra Evanston (Slauson), and Barbara moved to Tacoma where she taught in a 2-room schoolhouse.
Barbara enjoyed hiking and skiing and joined the Mountaineers Club where she met her future husband, Malcolm Post, a handsome widower with two little girls: Laurienne, age 3 and Marjie, a one-year old. Barbara and Malcolm were married in June 1954, and after a honeymoon camping in Yellowstone, they settled in Malcolm’s small house near Camp Long and the West Seattle Golf Course. After the birth of Maureen in 1955, the house near Camp Long became too small and the family moved to a four bedroom house in the Genesee Hill area. Gordon was born in 1957, Madeline in 1959 and Bernice in 1963. In addition to six children to take care of, there were always several cats, a rabbit, and a dog named Liesel. The neighborhood was full of kids between the Jones, Spear, and Post families. Barbara was involved in PTA at Genesee Hill grade school, was a room mother, and a Camp Fire leader for all five of the girls. Most of the girls took piano and ballet lessons and everyone took swimming lessons, just to name some of the activities that kept Barbara on the move.
During the 50’s and 60’s, the family took many camping vacations to places like Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, Eastern Washington, Glacier National Park, the Oregon Coast, and California.
In 1967, a new larger house was built on Frater Avenue with a view of Puget Sound and the Olympics. Malcolm designed it and did the electrical wiring while Barbara helped with the painting and finishing work. Barbara also planted and maintained the gardens, a pastime she continued to enjoy throughout her life. Malcolm’s mother Edith also moved into the house. As the “Frater Avenue Hotel” began to empty, Barbara and Malcolm became globe trotters traveling to Russia, Finland, Australia, Switzerland, England, Wales, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Africa, and several times to Germany. In 1999, Malcolm died at age 80.
Barbara attended St John the Baptist Episcopal Church for more than sixty years and was a member of the choir for many years. She continued to live in the house on Frater Avenue with her three cats until her death.
Barbara is survived by her children: Laurienne (m Robert Newell), Marjie (m Dennis O’Coyne), Maureen (m Bill Bitsas), Gordon (m Roberta Steiner), Madeline (m Daniel Sego), and Bernice (m Thomas Speckhardt)
She has 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren as well.
A memorial service in honor of her life will be held Saturday December 14th, 11:00am, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle.
A reception, with light refreshments, will follow immediately after in the Parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church would be welcomed.
To share your fond memories of Barbara with her Family & Friends, please visit her Tribute Wall, located above.
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St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church of West Seattle
3050 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle WA 98116