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Barb was proud to be called a Jersey girl, having grown up in South Orange, New Jersey. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Springfield College in Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in cardiac rehabilitation from San Diego State University. She relocated to Tacoma from San Diego in the early 1980’s, having accepted a YMCA position in the area.
Barb was a well-known and highly respected professional fundraiser. Her career spanned more than 30 years in Washington State, working for the YMCA, Good Samaritan Hospital, and the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.
Barb also served her community as an independent fundraising consultant. Barb possessed a lifelong passion for athletics, both as a competitor and a team leader. In high school she competed in gymnastics, swimming, and track, and in college she excelled in gymnastics. Later, Barb added triathlons, long-distance running, and cycling to her prowess.
She often combined her love of sports with her passion for community service by participating in numerous running or cycling fund raisers. Introducing the love of running to others was one of Barb’s greatest gifts, as she mentored many in and out of her beloved Puyallup running club.
Her greatest pride and joy were her two children, Montgomery and Brinlyn, from Puyallup. Barb was always happiest when spending time with her children and recounting their successes with family and friends. She is also survived by her loving siblings, Deborah and Marc Kornblau from Wayne, New Jersey, and Kyle and Klaudia Granger from Innsbruck, Austria.
In lieu of flowers, Barb requested donations to be made to the Barb Granger Charitable Fund at Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF) in support of her favorite charities: Good Samaritan – Children’s Therapy Unit for annual support; YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties for YMCA Camp Seymour camperships; Springfield College, Springfield, MA for scholarship funds, as well as GTCF, for annual support of operations.