Barbara Vaughn McCoy
October 2, 1919 - March 6, 2013
Barbara was born in Elmira, New York. Due to her mother's illness, she was lovingly raised by her aunts, Katherine and Helen Schneider, and later in a series of Catholic girl's boarding schools. She graduated from junior college at St Genevieve of the Pines in North Carolina with a business degree in 1938. Two years later she earned her private pilot's license. She was very proud of that pilot's license, as she was of her work running a hematology lab at MacDill Air Force Base. Because of her work as secretary to a champion stunt plane pilot, she met her first husband, Air Force Lt. Wilson Junier Moore. They had one daughter, Barbara, and Wilson died in 1948. In May, 1953, Barbara married Air Force Col. John Louis McCoy. They had daughters, Patricia in 1954 and Laura in 1959. They also included Mary Jo McCoy, John's daughter, in the family.
In 1959 John was transferred from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, to ARDC in Los Angeles. John and Barbara bought a house in Palos Verdes that was the family home until John died in 2001. During that time in Palos Verdes, Barbara worked with and was on the board of The Palos Verdes Art Center, United Cerebral Palsy, The Spastic Children's League, Marymount College, and ARCS. She was an enthusiastic fund raiser and arts lover, and active in her church, St. Lawrence Martyr as a sacristan. One of her favorite travel destinations was Mt. Savior Monastery in New York, near where she grew up. She will be missed there and by her many good friends. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara St. Dennis and Patricia and Laura McCoy, grandkids Christy McNeel and John Park, and great-grandkids Mackenzie, Mariah and Isaiah, as well as sister-in-law Mary Liedike, and Bob and Jackie Liedike.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, Los Angeles. A memorial mass will be offered at St. Lawrence Martyr, 1900 S Prospect Ave. Redondo Beach, at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Reception following in the church hall.