Barbara Frances Gaffey

83, of St. Helena, CA died peacefully at home, surrounded by loving family on Sunday, February 12, 2012.  Born July 5, 1928 in San Francisco.  Preceded in death by her father, Daniel J. Lyons, and by her husband of 47 years, Dennis D. Gaffey.  Barbara is survived by her mother, Frances Lyons (“Tiny Gram”) of St. Helena; son Michael Gaffey and daughter-in-law Pauline of Fremont, CA and grandchildren James, Mark and Mary; son Patrick Gaffey and daughter-in-law Anne of East Lyme, CT and grandchildren Cashel and Daniel; daughter Mary Quinn and son-in-law Robert Quinn of Napa, CA and grandchildren Megan, Brendan, Clare, Michael, Sean, and Joseph; and son Daniel Gaffey and daughter-in-law Karen of St. Helena, and grandchildren Kevin and Katherine.  Also survived by brothers-in-law William Gaffey, Brendan Gaffey and the Rev. Kevin Gaffey, sister-in-law Mary Hutchings, five nieces and nephews and 11 grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Barbara attended Mission Dolores School and Notre Dame High School, San Francisco.  A 1950 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she was a teacher at Guadalupe School and West Portal School in the San Francisco Unified School District. 

After living in Hong Kong for four years, Barbara and her family moved to La Canada in 1968.  An active parishioner of St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church, she taught at the parish school and in the Alhambra School District.  She also was active in the mothers’ guild of St. Francis High School.  In 1984, the family returned to Northern California, where Barbara was a parishioner of St. Helena Catholic Church. She tutored students at the parish school and enjoyed her gardening, golfing and grandchildren.

The funeral Mass was celebrated February 17, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, St. Helena. 

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