You are invited to view a moving memorial video celebrating Barbara's life.
  • 85 years old
  • Born on August 31, 1928 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
  • Passed away on July 5, 2014 in Pomona, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Barbara Stanford, 85, born on August 31, 1928 and passed away on July 5, 2014. We will remember her forever.

You are invited to view a moving memorial video celebrating the life of Barbara Stanford via the following links. Use the player control to view it full screen. Full HD quality is available, depending on connection speed and device.




Barbara Stanford, 85, passed away quietly after a short battle with congestive heart failure. 

Barbara was born in Los Angeles to James and Edyth Shirey. Barbara married Truman Earle in 1949 and graduated from USC in 1950. In 1962, Barbara started her 26 year elementary school teaching career.  Barbara married Malcolm R. “Dick” Stanford in June of 1985. Barbara was very active in the community and traveled the world.  

Barbara is survived and will be lovingly remembered by Gretchen Gould (Chuck), Garrett Earle (Donna), and grandchildren Austin and Zachary.  Additionally, sister Karen Guinchini, nieces, nephews, and the Stanford Clan including 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Garth Earle. 

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all who provided support and kindness during her illness. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made to the Mount San Antonio Gardens Homeship Fund 900 E. Harrison Ave. Pomona, CA 91767 (909) 624-5061 or Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 625-8767. Please indicate that your donation is in memory of Barbara Stanford.  An on-line memorial will be available as of July 27th at


Note: As uploading images from iOS, or other mobile devices, is not yet available, please feel free to email them to me, Chuck Gould (, and I will post them on your behalf.

Posted by Jonathan Ball on 21st August 2014
I'm sorry to read of Barbara's illness and passing. I knew her when I was in school with Gretchen and in Boy Scouts with Garth in the 1960s. She always made me feel very welcome in their home.
Posted by Diane Harden on 30th July 2014
I can imagine Barbara and Dad, finally together again, watching this video and am amazed at what a blessed life each of them had individually and together. They were a gift to each other. And Barbara was a blessing to the Earle and Stanford families and to the world. Thank you for this wonderful video.
Posted by Tracey Jones on 29th July 2014
What a beautiful and loving tribute to Barbara. She was always so kind, generous and thoughtful. Bringing special gifts from her travels or cute clothes to kids she treated like grandchildren, who also called her Grandma Barbara. I can picture her smiling, and hear her laughing as she enjoys this tribute to her. Sending much love and peace to her family.
Posted by Liz Swanson on 28th July 2014
Grandma Barbara was the "hip Grandma" who would buy cool California style clothes for me to wear that I loved. She always encouraged me to do things I loved to do too. I remember her sitting next to me and letting me use her art supplies to create a picture. At the time, I was into sharks and skulls but I didn't ever feel judged by her. She always made me feel free to be myself. She was so loving. Jeff Swanson Grandma Barbara's grandson.
Posted by Liz Swanson on 28th July 2014
I remember being in Grandma Barbara’s and Grandpa’s wedding and walking down the aisle carrying Grandpa’s little silver bowl with the ring in it just like Grandpa did for his own grandfather's wedding. As kids it was always so fun coming to visit my grandparents at their condo, feeding the ducks and eating the "breakfast of champions" with Grandpa. While Grandpa was more quiet, Grandma Barbara’s bubbly, loving personality always filled up the room. She was always so considerate and giving. I will miss her. Grandma Barbara's grandson, Andy Swanson
Posted by Liz Swanson on 28th July 2014
One of my favorite memories is when Grandma Barbara visited Colorado. We did so many things together,. We went to the zoo and saw the baby polar bears " Klondike and Snow". We went to the botanic gardens and made beautiful magazine butterfly magnets. I think I asked her to make those every time I saw her. I also loved that red sassy sports car of hers. I thought I had thee world’s coolest grandma (And I did!) She made people around her feel like they were the most important people in the world. Her granddaughter, Kacey Swanson Olson
Posted by Liz Swanson on 28th July 2014
Eric and I were both so thrilled to have Barbara as a part of our family and lives. She brightened the room with her very presence. Not only was she a gift to us as my father’s wife, she was an awesome loving grandmother to our children. We will miss her dearly. She lived a big and wonderful life and she brought love to so many.
Posted by Eric Swanson on 28th July 2014
Reading Barbara's tribute brings back so many fond memories of an incredible person. Always curious...always the one to make others feel special...she was one amazing person. One of my favorite memories was when she and Dick spent a week with us at the Beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica back in 1989. She'd walk the beach each day with the kids collecting sea shells and sea glass. She was always so kind and make each grandchild feel so special, as if that grandchild were her only grandchild. Every the thoughtful gift-giver, I think our family would say that she was the best gift of all. We'll miss you Barbara!

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