In memory of
EATON Barbara Bostwick, 97, died peacefully at home in Ridgewood, New Jersey on October 12, 2016 of natural causes. Bobbie was born in Brooklyn, NY, grew up in Westfield, NJ, graduated from Westfield High School in class of 1936, and graduated from Arlington Hall Jr. College in Virginia in 1938. In 1940 she married Charles Eaton from whom she divorced in 1967. He pre-deceased her. They moved to Tenafly, NJ in 1940. Though busy raising three children and helping her husband with a growing business, she joined the then Englewood Junior League and in 1949 was presented with the Junior League's Sustainers Award for the Volunteer of the Year. The Eatons moved to Ridgewood and soon Bobbie became involved in community volunteer work. In 1958 she was Chairman of the Valley Hospital Cotillion , a yearly fundraiser for the new hospital . She was elected to the YWCA Board of Directors and served as President from 1962-1965 and again in 1982. She also served on the YWCA Board of Trustees. In 1967 she was presented with the Essie W. Mayer Award for Outstanding Leadership. She chaired the YWCA Twin dinner in 1978 and 1979. In 1979 she co-chaired the YWCA-YMCA building expansion campaign. She was given special recognition from the YMCA. In 1982 she and others were selected as recipients of " Mayors Award for Excellence" presented by the Mayor, the late Ed Butler. In 1988 Bobbie was selected "Volunteer of the Week" by The Record newspaper. In 1960 she was ordained as the first woman Elder of the West Side Presbyterian Church and served as first woman Clerk of Session for six years. In the last several years she volunteered weekly in the Church office. Love and support from her family and many friends, good books, needlepoint and occasional visits to and from her family filled her days in the later years. She is survived by her daughter Bette Eaton Montaperto and her husband Ron of Morehead City, NC, her daughter Nancy Eaton Groff and husband Neal of Vail, CO, her son Larry C. Eaton and wife Meg of Village of Golf Fla. and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment will be in the Memorial Garden at the West Side Church. A memorial service will be held in early Spring 2017 at the West Side Presbyterian Church. Gifts in her memory to West Side Church Building Fund, 6 South Monroe St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 will be greatly appreciated. Her family would like to thank her many friends who supported her, loved her and comforted her in her last years and the fine nurses and Hospice who attended to her needs in her last months. Arrangements entrusted to the C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, Ridgewood. www.vanemburgh.com
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