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January 13, 2012 > Obituary: "Miss Barbara" Sprott

Obituary: "Miss Barbara" Sprott

Nov 22, 1930 - Dec 25, 2011

"Miss Barbara" contributed a gentle smile and calm demeanor as she helped shape thousands of lives of young children attending the First Presbyterian Church of Newark Preschool. During 34 years of service at the school as director and teacher, several generations of students - and their parents - were influenced by Miss Barbara who prepared them for kindergarten and life in general from 1968 until her retirement. The secret to her success was a love for people and an understanding that a smile and composed attitude was necessary to "keep cool" when young charges were not quite perfect. She is quoted as saying, "You have to understand they haven't been on Earth a long time."

A child tugging at her for attention was a common occurrence during those years; all, in turn, received the love and care they needed. Years later, the respect, affection and honesty of Miss Barbara was cherished and remembered by former students and returned when the opportunity arose. At retirement, she remembered a full life of active participation in many lives and noted that her career had been "awesome" and she felt "blessed."

Barbara Sprott passed away peacefully at home early Christmas morning 2011 at 81 years of age. Born in Berkeley November 22, 1930, Barbara attended Berkeley High and the University of California-Berkeley where she met her husband Vernon Sprott; they married in 1947. Vernon passed away in 1976. She is survived by daughter Donna Sprott of Fremont; Daughter Judy and Son-in-law Ken Plunkett, grandchildren Michael and Ann Marie and Great-Grandson Noah of El Cajon, CA.

Friends and past students are invited to a memorial service and potluck on Saturday, January 21 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Newark, 35450 Newark Blvd., Newark.

The potluck is a fond remembrance of a tradition held at the end of every school year at the preschool. Miss Barbara would host a graduation potluck for the children going on to kindergarten. In keeping with that tradition, we are going to have a potluck gathering at the church after the service.

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