Liston, Barbara, 57, a lifetime resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2004. An avid beach volleyball player, Barbara could be found on the courts most days for the past twenty-five years. She enjoyed many other athletic activities including paddle tennis and aerobics classes. A lover of nature and animals, Barbara enjoyed hiking in the local mountains and feeding the squirrels and birds that lived in her backyard. When not outdoors, Barbara worked part-time as a retail merchandiser for Hallmark Greeting Cards. She was a life-long parishioner of American Martyrs Catholic Church. She is survived by Husband, Darryl Liston of Manhattan Beach, CA, Daughter, Stacey (Joe) Bennett of Los Angeles, CA, Stepson, Matt Liston of Los Angeles, CA, Daughter, Kerry (John) Toolan of Santa Monica, CA, Brother, Mike (Jennifer) Koch of Medford, OR, Brother, William (Eleanor) Koch of Flower Mound, TX, Sister, Linda (Bob) Whalen of San Diego, CA. Visitation will be Monday, August 9 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at White and Day's Manhattan Chapel, 3215 Sepulveda Blvd. in Manhattan Beach with Rosary Services beginning at 7:00 PM in the Mortuary Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, August 10 at 10:00 AM at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 624 15th Street in Manhattan Beach. Burial will follow with procession to Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heal the Bay, 3220 Nebraska Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 990 W. 190 Street, Suite 120, Torrance, CA 90502.

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  1. Dear Barbara, You will always be in my heart. I promise to love you forever. Your loving husband, Darryl

  2. The beach has lost one of its daughters – a true practitioner of the sun, sand & VB lifestyle – but your joyful spirit will remain with us.

  3. Barbara took me under her wing nine years ago and helped me learn volleyball. I always loved her praises when I\’d make a good shot because I felt I was giving back to her something that she had given to me. Her kindness and light-hearted personality had an elegance that touched everyone with her beautiful smile. I will always remember with great fondness the laughter and fun we shared and her exquisite ball control that got the best of us eating sand! Thank you, Barb, for all the times you\’ve shared with me. I miss you. Judy

  4. Five days before she died I had the opportunity to spend some quiet time with Barbara. We talked about the funeral arrangements, the Mass and what songs she wanted played. I said to her, “Barbara, I can\’t wear black, I won\’t wear black, that\’s not you. I always visualize you on the beach, in your red bikini, sunny, and smiling, that\’s you, happy and sunny, I\’ll wear yellow.” She said “and a red hat.” Then we laughed and it was good. May God wrap you in His warm and loving embrace and comfort us in our loss.

  5. A lovely spirit taken far too soon. Her kindness, warmth, and the joy she shared cannot be erased from the hearts of those who were gifted by the opportunity to experience her unique spirit. I will miss knowing that she is in this world and I send my deepest regards to her family along with the hope that the power of her love and memory will help them through this transition. I know that she will always be with you. Love and prayers, Kathleen A. Kosche\’

  6. Barbara — Your beautiful spirit always made me feel so special just in knowing you – and you had that special quality on the volleyball court of always making me feel like I was the one who was making the great plays when, of course, it was really you doing all those marvelous saves… You touched us in ways you never knew — and I felt privileged just to be counted as your friend. We will meet again someday… My heart goes out to Darryl and all of your family…

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