Barbara Joan Warwick
June 18, 1934 - May 25, 2013
On June 8, 2013, a celebration of life will be held for Barbara Joan Warwick, who passed away on May 25, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.
She was born in Chicago on June 18, 1934.
She had five children: Gregory, Christine, Patti, Richard and Laura.
Mrs. Warwick first worked for an employment agency in Los Angeles and then she was employed by the following U.S. government agencies until her retirement: Health, Education and Welfare; Bureau of Indian Affairs; and the Air Force at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif., where she was director of resource management for the base hospital. In all her jobs, she was known as “the person who could get the job done!”
She treasured most her work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where she supervised a group of paralegals that determined the blood degrees of young American Indian men and women applying for college tuition. The paralegals would sometimes go into the California mission archives to trace the ancestry of these young people. One applicant was traced back to an Indian girl and a Spanish soldier who came to California from Mexico with Father Junipero Serra.
In recent years Mrs. Warwick served as secretary for the Will James Society, a national organization, which promotes the books and memorabilia of author Will James and his era.
Her husband of 39 years, Philip Warwick; her five children and 14 grandchildren survive her.
A viewing will begin at noon on Saturday, June 8 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Road with a graveside service following at 2 p.m. at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park, Upper Round Valley Rd., Payson.