In memory of
Barbara Elaine (Bishop) Holmes
In memory of
Barbara Elaine (Bishop) Holmes
Barbara Elaine (Bishop) Holmes of Fort Bragg, California, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Gifted with a brilliant mind capable of remarkably original insight and creativity, and a heart to match, Barbara lived, sought and fought for the good, the true and the beautiful throughout her life of 90-plus years. From the core of her being, she willingly shared her wonder and passionate pursuit of knowledge and her creative expression to experience all life had to offer. Barbara was born March 2, 1929, on Staten Island, New York, to Charles W. Bishop and Blanche (Elzey) Bishop. She acquired a life-long love of nature and gardening as she spent her first 14 years on her grandparents' Delaware farm. Her appreciation and talent for music was also nurtured there through piano lessons and activity in the Wesleyan United Methodist Church. Unfortunately, because of depression era economics, this also meant she was separated from her parents for most of her childhood and adolescence. Being an only child, she welcomed the opportunity and moved sight unseen in 1941 to Franklin, New Jersey, where she spent her high school years living with the Hall family, becoming BFFs with Stella (Hall) Truran. At age 17, in 1946, Barbara made another adventurous leap to attend New York University, located in the chaotic hub of lower Manhattan. Her cultural horizons expanded as she explored everything from the Met to Harlem's jazz scene. In her senior year, she fell in love with kindred soul, Samuel "Sam" Picciani, a WWII vet from Brooklyn, who was equally as brilliant, free-thinking and creative (not to mention good-looking) as Barbara. Soon after she graduated, they married and had their first daughter, Laureen "Laurie" in New York before moving to the San Fernando Valley, California, in 1952. There they raised Laurie along with sisters, Jacquelyn "Jackee" and Lynelle. While Sam worked in aerospace, Barbara, aka "Bobbie," earned her credential and, in 1962, began a very successful teaching career with Canejo Valley Unified. She loved to travel and took advantage of summer vacations to do so. In 1961, with just her three daughters, she drove roundtrip from Los Angeles to New York City to visit all the relatives "back east." Traveling in the family station wagon, to the memorable delight of all, they experienced many of the natural wonders, historical sites and cultural venues of the USA. Very progressive politically, Sam and Bobbie navigated through the Cold War and Vietnam era actively involved in the civil rights and peace movements. Their ideals of human dignity, appreciation of the arts and nature, and the pursuit of knowledge led to a creative family life that was a haven for many besides their own children. They divorced in 1969 but remained life-long friends. Barbara remarried to Floyd Holmes and helped raise his son, Philip, before they divorced in 1976. Her travels expanded to include South America and, as soon as politics permitted, China and, what was at that time, the USSR. As her oldest daughters began raising families, one in northern California and the other in northern Nevada, she routinely drove solo to visit them, and as the kids grew older, sometimes took them on road trips, too. And of course everyone looked forward to Christmas at Grandma Bobbie's. She retired in 1987, relocating in 1990 to Fort Bragg, her final home for the next 29 years. There she was able to be more active in the grandchildren's education. She supported the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and was treasurer of their garden club for many years. She also began in earnest to design, build and decorate miniature houses. As in L.A., her home was always open to visitors such as guest musicians for the annual Mendocino Music Festival. Barbara leaves behind a legacy of love and learning to her family and friends as vast as her personal library of books, music and cultural artifacts. Her innate teaching abilities, insight and empathy made her one of the most sought-after math teachers. But this also translated into a creative, loving home which extended to her children's and grandchildren's friends. Throughout her adult life, she was a generous supporter of education, the arts and the environment, giving regularly to such organizations as St. Joseph's Indian School, Mendocino Music Festival and Earth Justice. Her love of adventure and travel coupled with her willingness to try new things and explore new worlds, even if male-dominated, was an inspiration for the success of her daughters' respective careers as a pastry chef, field botanist and art teacher, as well as granddaughters' who work as a civil engineer, corporate attorney and media executive, not to mention her grandson, a communications executive and mini-rancher. We are missing her dearly but confident she has once again made a successful leap, this time to her greatest adventure for all eternity with God. A memorial celebration of her life is being planned for later this year. Please see Legacy.com to contact the family for more information.
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Barbara Elaine (Bishop) Holmes
Barbara Elaine (Bishop) Holmes of Fort Bragg, California, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Gifted with a brilliant mind capable of remarkably original insight and creativity, and a heart to match, Barbara lived, sought and fought for the good, the true and the beautiful throughout her life of 90-plus years. From the core of her being, she willingly shared her wonder and passionate pursuit of knowledge and her creative expression to experience all life had to offer. Barbara was born March 2, 1929, on Staten Island, New York, to Charles W. Bishop and Blanche (Elzey) Bishop. She acquired a life-long love of nature and gardening as she spent her first 14 years on her grandparents' Delaware farm. Her appreciation and talent for music was also nurtured there through piano lessons and activity in the Wesleyan United Methodist Church. Unfortunately, because of depression era economics, this also meant she was separated from her parents for most of her childhood and adolescence. Being an only child, she welcomed the opportunity and moved sight unseen in 1941 to Franklin, New Jersey, where she spent her high school years living with the Hall family, becoming BFFs with Stella (Hall) Truran. At age 17, in 1946, Barbara made another adventurous leap to attend New York University, located in the chaotic hub of lower Manhattan. Her cultural horizons expanded as she explored everything from the Met to Harlem's jazz scene. In her senior year, she fell in love with kindred soul, Samuel "Sam" Picciani, a WWII vet from Brooklyn, who was equally as brilliant, free-thinking and creative (not to mention good-looking) as Barbara. Soon after she graduated, they married and had their first daughter, Laureen "Laurie" in New York before moving to the San Fernando Valley, California, in 1952. There they raised Laurie along with sisters, Jacquelyn "Jackee" and Lynelle. While Sam worked in aerospace, Barbara, aka "Bobbie," earned her credential and, in 1962, began a very successful teaching career with Canejo Valley Unified. She loved to travel and took advantage of summer vacations to do so. In 1961, with just her three daughters, she drove roundtrip from Los Angeles to New York City to visit all the relatives "back east." Traveling in the family station wagon, to the memorable delight of all, they experienced many of the natural wonders, historical sites and cultural venues of the USA. Very progressive politically, Sam and Bobbie navigated through the Cold War and Vietnam era actively involved in the civil rights and peace movements. Their ideals of human dignity, appreciation of the arts and nature, and the pursuit of knowledge led to a creative family life that was a haven for many besides their own children. They divorced in 1969 but remained life-long friends. Barbara remarried to Floyd Holmes and helped raise his son, Philip, before they divorced in 1976. Her travels expanded to include South America and, as soon as politics permitted, China and, what was at that time, the USSR. As her oldest daughters began raising families, one in northern California and the other in northern Nevada, she routinely drove solo to visit them, and as the kids grew older, sometimes took them on road trips, too. And of course everyone looked forward to Christmas at Grandma Bobbie's. She retired in 1987, relocating in 1990 to Fort Bragg, her final home for the next 29 years. There she was able to be more active in the grandchildren's education. She supported the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and was treasurer of their garden club for many years. She also began in earnest to design, build and decorate miniature houses. As in L.A., her home was always open to visitors such as guest musicians for the annual Mendocino Music Festival. Barbara leaves behind a legacy of love and learning to her family and friends as vast as her personal library of books, music and cultural artifacts. Her innate teaching abilities, insight and empathy made her one of the most sought-after math teachers. But this also translated into a creative, loving home which extended to her children's and grandchildren's friends. Throughout her adult life, she was a generous supporter of education, the arts and the environment, giving regularly to such organizations as St. Joseph's Indian School, Mendocino Music Festival and Earth Justice. Her love of adventure and travel coupled with her willingness to try new things and explore new worlds, even if male-dominated, was an inspiration for the success of her daughters' respective careers as a pastry chef, field botanist and art teacher, as well as granddaughters' who work as a civil engineer, corporate attorney and media executive, not to mention her grandson, a communications executive and mini-rancher. We are missing her dearly but confident she has once again made a successful leap, this time to her greatest adventure for all eternity with God. A memorial celebration of her life is being planned for later this year. Please see Legacy.com to contact the family for more information.
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