Barbara Ann Duncan (Breter)

May 02, 1948 – July 13, 2019

The Beauteous Babs finally lost a long battle against breast cancer, passing away peacefully while surrounded by family. Major thanks to everybody in the El Camino Oncology departments who did so much to keep her going in a modicum of comfort for such a long time, and to the hospital staff who did so much to make her end days as comfortable as possible.

Barbara Ann Duncan
Barbara Ann Duncan

A resident of Los Altos for the last two decades, she is survived by husband Garry Hill, her sister Sandie Whipple & brother Craig Breter and niece Ashley Towner & nephew Scott Sayban. And her beloved goofy kitty Arya.

Barb was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Findley Lake, New York. She loved everything about life, being particularly proud of going back to school a decade after leaving home, and earning an MBA which she put to great use in the HR field. In 2005, when she was HR Director for construction giant Rudolph & Sletten she was honored by the YWCA of Silicon Valley with a Tribute To Women and Industry Award. From there she moved on to Stanford Medical, serving as Director Of Compliance. Her Facebook profile perfectly summed up recent years with “Works at Blissfully Retired!!!”

Outside of work she loved nothing more than dancing, something at which she excelled. She was passionate about trying new restaurants and in an era when dressing down is a thing, she still insisted that for Date Night that dressing up was in order, even if it meant wearing her long white cashmere coat on a warm night. In the spring and summer she delighted in cruising the booths at Rotary’s Art In The Park and the Los Altos Art & Wine Festival. She was always eager to throw parties, being it a Pig-A-Rama in the backyard or a quiet dinner at an exquisitely set table. She became a great fan of both the Sharks (Owen Nolan!) and the Warriors (Steph!) and enjoyed going to hockey games.

In short, she loved her existence and a Celebration Of Life will be held on Wednesday the 31st.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley

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