Barbara Elizabeth Foster Prince passed away peacefully in Santa Rosa, California on February 2, 2017. Born on April 13, 1917 and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, Barbara attended Lynn English High School and graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire. After her two daughters were grown, Barbara returned to school for a Master’s Degree that prepared her for a long career as a medical social worker in San Bernardino, San Francisco and Marin Counties. When she retired, she started a landscaping business helping older women keep their yards beautiful until she turned 90.
Meanwhile Barbara pursued her lifelong love of art, nature and botany. Her colored pencil drawings fill many sketch books and, season by season, beautifully recreate our native wildflowers, plant galls and mushrooms. She created dozens of small hand-made books often given as gifts to her family. She enjoyed traveling to Greece and Italy and ventured on many field trips in the Western U.S. as a member of the California Native Plant Society. An avid reader, Barbara gave back to her local library in Fairfax by volunteering weekly until she moved to Santa Rosa in her 99th year. As a long-time member of the Fairfax Community Church, Barbara anchored the alto section and kept the courtyard garden blooming and tidy.
She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Carolyn and Frank Batchelor of Santa Rosa, CA and Nancy and Dean Hanson of Woodacre, CA; by her two grandchildren, Nadia Batchelor Smith of Tempe, AZ and Bill Batchelor and wife Margaret of Santa Rosa, CA; by four great grandchildren, Tabitha and Aaron, Lily and Stella; and by her niece, Jeanne Kearley of Chula Vista, CA. All were special to Nana and much loved and appreciated by her. Nana had a full, rich life and we are grateful for her many blessings and will miss sharing our lives with her.
A memorial service will be held at Barbara’s church, the Fairfax Community Church at 3pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, CA. Her favorite brownies will be served with coffee following the service.
Donations may be made to the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society in Barbara’s memory. On line at cnpsmarin.org, scroll down to the bottom for the ‘donate’ button, click ‘designations’ and ‘chapter donation’ and specify in the next form in the comments box for the donation to be applied to the Marin Chapter. Or send a check to CNPS, 2707 K Street, Suite 1, Sacramento, CA 95816-5113 with a note designating the Marin Chapter as the recipient.