Sherry Dyce Barba, dear wife of Peter Barba, and a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2014, at The Forum, in Cupertino. She was surrounded by loving family members and visited continuously in her last weeks by a legion of friends and neighbors. Only a month earlier, she had celebrated her 80th birthday, taking off the next day for a biking trip in Europe, when she was suddenly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. True to form, she remained active and full of life to the very end.
Sherry was born in 1934 in Los Angeles, California to Stanley and Marjorie Dyer Ward. She grew up in Glendale, West Point New York, Burbank and Phoenix, Arizona, where she graduated from North Phoenix High School as Salutatorian.
She received her BS from the University of Colorado in 1956 and a Masters in Mathematical Sciences at Stanford University in 1959. While working as a computer programmer, she met and married Rolf Dyce who was employed at SRI International. The couple lived in Ladera, Menlo Park, where their two children, Eric and Karen, were born. In 1964, the couple moved to Puerto Rico, where Rolf worked at Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest radio telescope. As an “ex-pat”, Sherry quickly integrated into the local community, establishing a reputation as a civic leader. She organized the first recycling program in Arecibo, fostered a bridge and book club, learned Spanish, founded a local school PTA and library, while enjoying numerous outings to the beach and pool. Friendships forged there have lasted fifty years.
In 1978, the family returned to California, living in Sunnyvale. Sherry restarted her career in scientific programming at SRI International. After the couple divorced, Sherry joined a Stanford Alumnae Group, Stanford Singles, became its president and met another Stanford Alumnus, Peter Barba. Sherry and Peter were married in 1990 and together initiated the “Stanford Doubles”, a social group.
Sherry ‘s skills for organizing flourished in activities such as bridge, League of Women Voters, tennis groups, family camping trips as well as ski, sailing and tandem bike tours in Europe. During 24 years of marriage, Peter and Sherry shared lives lived to the fullest.
Sherry leaves a legacy of family, friends and organizations where her contributions shall be long remembered.
Sherry is survived by her husband, two children, two grandsons Alex and Gavin Dyce, Peter’s family of 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and her brother T. Michael Ward. Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The American Cancer Society, The League of Women Voters or Bay Area Community Services.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 pm Friday August 22nd at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto.