Barbara Ripley Myers Rahn died peacefully on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the age of 100 years at her home, Lanark Heights Long Term Care in Kitchener.
Barbara was born in Clarks Green, Pennsylvania on November 17, 1916, the daughter of Marjorie Clapp Myers and James Myers. Preceding her in death is her dear husband Sheldon, her 3 brothers; David Myers (Barbara) of Mill Valley, California, James Myers (Anna Louise) of Mendocino, California and John Myers (Janet) of Catskill, New York.
Barbara’s parents were married at the first Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York and for most of Barbara’s early years were residents of Cos Cob, Connecticut and New York City where her father became the founding executive secretary of a Committee on Social Services within the original Federal Council of Churches in 1908 which in later years evolved into the Department of Church and Economic Life of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Barbara’s mother for many years served as volunteer director of the Quaker Work Room at the 20th Street Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends in Manhattan.
Barbara was a graduate of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and a graduate student in early childhood education at the Bank Street School for Teachers in Manhattan.
Before her marriage, Barbara worked in teaching or supervisory roles at the Gordon School in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Vassar Family Institute, and at the Highlander Folk School Nursery School in Monteagle, Tennessee. Following her marriage in 1941, she assisted in the development and then on the board of directors of a Cooperative Nursing School in Northville, Michigan, later as head teacher for the Wilton Friends Nursery School in Wilton, Connecticut, and for one summer as a head teacher with a federal Head Start Program in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Following a family move to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1966, Barbara served as executive director of the Waterloo branch of the YWCA for six years prior to becoming the supervisor for the first municipal Day Care Centre in Kitchener, Ontario, and subsequently supervisor of a new regional Home Day Care program for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.
On May 10, 1941, Barbara Ripley Myers and Sheldon Lloyd Rahn were married in the 20th Street Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends in Manhattan. She was the mother of three grown children John Rahn (Suzanne) of Seattle, Cherry Rahn (Steven) of Geneva, New York and Patsy Rahn of Bloomington, Indiana. There are, as well, three grand-daughters: Amanda Bautista (AJ) of Chicago, Charlotte Rahn-Lee (Rebecca) of New York City, and Lilah Rahn-Lee (Joe) of Liberty, Missouri.
Barbara was a prolific and generous quilt maker.
At Barbara’s request cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will commence at a later date. Her ashes will be buried, with those of her husband, at Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg. In place of designated gifts, letters and notes may be sent to members of the family. Donations may be made in her honor to the organization of her friends’ choice.