Barbara E. Powrie Verderose, 69, Barbara passed away quietly at her home in Newfield, New Jersey after a lengthy illness. Barbara was born in Flint, MI, and grew up in Wilmington, DE. After graduating from Mt. Pleasant High School, she started her career in banking at Wilmington Trust Company. Barbara was a Commercial Lender for several South Jersey banks and retired as a Vice President Commercial Loan Officer at Newfield National Bank in 2007.
She met her husband in Ocean City, NJ in 1976 and they were a team on many fun projects and travel adventures for 40 years. After retiring she divided her time between Newfield, Ocean City, New Jersey, their home in Sarasota, FL and their summer cottage on Lake Waneta, located in the Finger Lakes Region of NY. Barbara's amazing dinners, baking, constant hospitality and entertaining were renown.
Barbara's grandchildren were a great joy in her life. Attending their concerts, taking them to the beach and the lake and just spending time together was the most special time for her.
Barbara enjoyed the out of doors: camping, kayaking, gardening and many vigorous outdoor activities. She was known for her garlic and rhubarb gardens, and her rhubarb pies sold out first at bake sales. She was an active church member wherever she lived. Volunteer work that involved physical activity was her favorite such as working on Habitat for Humanity houses, volunteering time in Mississippi following Katrina and sorting clothes and food at pantry's. An avid animal lover, she walked service dogs and when traveling always had her cat by her side.
Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Robert A. and Alice Johnson Powrie. Surviving family include her husband Charles Verderose, son LeRoy McDowell IV (Allison), grandchildren Sean and Sarah McDowell, stepchildren Charles W. and Cynthia Verderose and their families, sisters Mary A. Baldridge (Ronald) and Beth A. Parker (Alan), and many special cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial funeral service will be held at the Newfield United Methodist Church, Columbia Ave & Elmo St., Newfield on Friday, February 10 at 12:00 noon. Family greeting time begins at 10:45. Inurnment will be private in the Siloam Cemetery, Vineland. To e-mail condolences & or tributes please visit www.pancoastfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity, 610 Landis Ave, Vineland, NJ 08360 or to the Newfield U.M.C., P.O. Box 408, Newfield, NJ 08344