Barbara Davis Moore, of Amelia Island, Florida and known as Bebe by her grandchildren and close friends, died peacefully at home on July 22, 2017, surrounded by family and her beloved dog Boomer. She was 76 years old and lived a wonderful life.
Born on December 8, 1940 in Altus, Oklahoma, to Betty Banker Davis and John Marsh Davis, she grew up in Altus with her older brother John Marsh Davis Jr. She loved her horse Silver, was a tom boy (the only kindergartener wearing jeans in the school picture) and daddy’s little girl. She attended Altus High School and was a Bull Dog cheerleader throughout high school and football queen. Barbara spent one year at Mt. Vernon College in Washington D.C., and then attended the University of Oklahoma and was a Pi Beta Phi. She was a lifelong Sooner fan and followed every game.
Barbara traveled throughout Europe and to Asia as a young adult, which gave her a worldly perspective and opened her mind to a world outside of Oklahoma. Seeing the world helped her develop her adventurous spirit and an incredible design sense.
High school sweethearts with Richard W. Moore, Jr., they wed in January 1964 and were married for over twenty years. While Richard was deployed with the Navy, she got her teaching credential at San Francisco State University and spent time living in San Francisco, California with her brother and cousin Jane Bacon Reddick. She told wonderful stories about her first job as a teller at Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco. She loved the Bay Area and visited every year.
After Richard left the Navy, they relocated to New York City where they lived on the upper East Side with their Saint Bernard Luke and drove a 1954 Mercedes Benz convertible (yes, in New York City). She taught elementary school at Trinity School for boys in Manhattan for several years. Barbara was adventurous and embraced New York. She explored the city with vigor, often bringing her Oklahoma friends with her to experience all New York had to offer.
Barbara and Richard moved to Bronxville, New York and began their family first in 1972 with their son Richard W. Moore III, followed in 1975 by their daughter Kathryn Davis. As a stay at home mom, Barbara was always there for her children and spent her free time playing tennis and learning to cook from Julia Child’s TV Shows. She spent hours cooking and was amazing in the kitchen. Her cookbook collection is extensive and full of notes on how to improve recipes. In addition to cooking, Barbara was an early adopter of technology and loved cars. She always had the latest technology and was probably one of the first people to have a TV in the car to entertain her children on long road trips.
Barbara and family moved to Rye, New York in 1986, where she invested her energy in remodeling and designing her 1917 home. A breast cancer survivor, Barbara lived life like she wanted to live it. She met her partner Janice Bratches of twenty-seven years in Rye New York. They were immediate friends and developed a passionate love for one another.
Barbara and Janice renovated and created their first home in Ridgefield, Connecticut, which was a retreat for their friends, family and golden retrievers. Barbara loved to entertain and was always a hub of fun for her friends. Ready for her next project, Barbara and Janice moved to Amelia Island, FL in 1997 where they have lived for twenty years. Their home quickly became a gathering place for family and friends, and it is the place for countless memories for all that knew her.
Barbara continued her passion for technology, was an avid reader, and had a tenacity for learning. She followed the stock market daily, and was a huge fan of Apple and Tesla. In addition to the markets, Barbara loved to watch the news and politics. She always had a strong opinion and wasn’t afraid to share it, as her friends know well. Barbara had fire in her and was loved for it. Above all, Barbara was fiercely loyal to her friends and family. She had so much love to give and was the biggest fans of her children Katy and Rich, their spouses and her grandchildren. She was an example of courage and strength. Barbara was an amazing mother, grandmother, best friend and loving partner.
She is survived by her partner Janice, children Katy and Rich, their spouses HoShin and Laurie, her grandchildren Jane, Luke and Frankie, and golden retriever Boomer. Barbara also leaves behind her extended family: Jane and Ernest Reddick, Judy and Guy Bacon, Liz and Bob Daily, Julie and Tom Haas, Daryl and Bob Finn, Beth and David Conley, and Kyle and Mark Finnegan, and their children.