Barbara Calderwood

Barbara Calderwood

4/22/1931 – 7/16/2021

Barbara Calderwood passed away on Friday, July 16 after a years-long battle with dementia. 

Barbara was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, but moved to California in the early 50s. She moved to Carpinteria with her growing family in late 1963 and has been here ever since. When her youngest, Pam, went to Canalino School, Barbara volunteered in their small library, and eventually became the full-time librarian and also ran the computer lab. 

Her love of children’s literature was evident if you ever ventured into the library. While she retired after 30 years, she kept up her legendary love of books for many years after.  Murder mysteries and science fiction were her favorites. Barbara lost her husband, John, in 1989. Deciding she wanted something fun to do, she and her daughter Kathy bought a corgi to return to a long-paused pastime. She and John had shown and raised corgis in the late 50s and early 60s. Dementia made it harder for her to travel to shows in recent years, but she still enjoyed the dogs at home. 

Barbara is survived by her brother, Robert Watts, and four children: Kathy Dolge (Creig), Andy Calderwood, Chris Calderwood (Allison) and Pam Calderwood (Garry Preston). She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Brian Dolge and Katie Julian (Kit), Kelso and Madera Calderwood, Patrick, Eion and Amy Calderwood, Jacob Bauernfeind, Garrett Day (Jessica) and Julia Bauernfeind, as well as two beloved great-grandchildren, Evan and Henry Julian. 

Donations in her memory can be made to Parents for Canalino, 1480 Linden Ave. Carpinteria, CA 93013. Any donations will be used to purchase books for the Canalino School library. 

A memorial will be held for family and friends on Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. at Lions Park in Carpinteria.

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