Aspen, CO Colorado
Barbara Moebius quietly passed away on March 11, 2011 in one of her favorite places, San Diego, Calif., where she grew up.
Born to Daniel and Jean Perkins in San Diego on March 21, 1929, she spent her childhood years in the San Diego school system and was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority, graduating from San Diego State in 1951. In her youth, Barbara enjoyed playing basketball and softball.
She met the man of her dreams, Dick Moebius, in college and they relocated to the Aspen/Snowmass area in 1967. They were founding and contributing members of Snowmass Village, Colo., the place she called her home for 40-plus years.
Early on, she was employed at the Silvertree Inn by her husband for her first and only job as executive head housekeeper. She quit three months later when she had not been financially compensated. Barbara continued her career, raising four children and became “Mother Moebius” at the Aspen Elementary School, where she was the playground monitor. From that time on, she became known as Mother Moebius to most who knew her. Barbara had a deep love for nature, a great knowledge of flowers and animals, and enjoyed the cultural arts. She was deeply committed to developing the next generation’s interest in the arts, particularly opera and classical music. She was a tireless advocate of the arts and of the environment in the Aspen area.
Barbara was a very social person who loved to surround herself with friends in the community. She was always the life of the party and was known for her crazy dress-up birthday celebrations… skiing across the downhill slopes entertaining tourists on the chairlift above. Liquid refreshments buried in the snow the day before (at various locations) were mostly lost by the birthday girl and her posse. Halloween could not compete with a Barbara Moebius celebration.
From the dress-up parties (which could occur at any moment during the year) a more serious group of campers evolved. Beginning with Barb, Ann Dowler and Linda Vidal, over some 40 years the ever-expanding group of Barb’s friends from around the country gathered the last full weekend of July. The camping agenda involved fun, food and festivities. The first hour of the trip was dedicated to the “organ recital” which was a discussion of each individual’s medical ailments. This subject was then retired and the good times began. This was the most eagerly anticipated weekend of the year.
Other shenanigans included visits to a lone spruce tree in Kelly Park, a serene meadow on the Government Trail between Aspen and Snowmass. The tree was often decorated by Barb and her friends during the holidays as a surprise for unsuspecting skiers on the trail.
Barb was a loving wife, mother and friend to many who brought joy and laughter to all who met her. She will be deeply missed.
Barbara is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, John Richard (Dick) Moebius, and her children, Maren Moebius, Mark Moebius, Carrie Babich and Kristen Lassalette.
She is also survived by grandchildren Daniel Moebius, Rochelle Moebius, Kristen Babich, Zachary Babich, Camille Lassalette and Ava Lassalette, and her many friends in the communities of San Diego, Aspen and Snowmass Village.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Snowmass Chapel. A reception will follow the service at The Snowmass Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be accepted by Hospice of the Valley in Basalt.
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