August 9, 2016
Born in Kingston, NY
Resided in Catskill, NY
Born in Kingston, NY to devoted parents, Stanley and Mae Matthews. As a longtime Catskill resident, Barbara was the not only oldest of her six brothers and sisters, she was also the last surviving sibling.
With great accolades, Barbara graduated in from Wellesley College for women in Wellesley, Massachusetts with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology in 1940 She was the mother of four loving children, Geoffrey Newcombe (Jan), Pamela Abele (Warren), Stephanie Walsh (Patrick) and the late Austin Newcombe. Barbara's children blessed her with six grandchildren, Leslie, Sara and Scott Newcombe, James Hobbs and the late William Hobbs, and Cate Gaffney Collier, They in turn made her a great grandmother with the birth of Lauren René Smith, Charlotte Marie and Daphne Eugenia Hobbs, Sidney Elena, and Sebastian James Santiago Hobbs, and Maxwell James and Sophia Rose Collier. Her great-great grandchild is Carson Dorris.
She is also survived by a James Stanley Schure, a grandson she shared with Walter Weber.
Barbara was lauded in the community of local historic homes. She was directly responsible for the restoration and/or renovation of five historical houses in Catskill and Greene County. Barbara was entered into the 1996 National Trust Great American Homes competition for the restoration of her Prospect Avenue home.
She was also very active in the Greene County community - both socially and in business. She was a longtime member of the Fortnightly Club and the Gretchens. Barbara sat on the Board of Directors of the Cole House and was instrumental in preserving the Beattie-Powers House. Additionally , Barbara managed the Greene County Travel Agency for many years until its sale and served as Credit Manager for the Paramount Oil Co. in Hudson.
Active and energetic, Barbara enjoyed gardening, playing golf, travel and skiing. She attended sailing school, and was an avid boater and traveling companion with her husband, and father of her children, former Senator Lloyd Newcombe , as well as later, with her second husband Walter Weber, Esq. Together they were members of the antique boat society and enjoyed many voyages together in their golden years.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Internment will be in the Matthews family plot in Shokan. Her family extends sincere gratitude to the caring staff of Hospice who made Barbara's final days the best they could be.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Beattie-Powers, POB 453, Catskill, NY 12414 or the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.