Barbara Elizabeth Trounson, age 87, passed away peacefully on April 4th 2022 in Philadelphia, PA.
She was born Barbara Gregory in Hayes, London, England in 1934, beloved daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Gregory, younger sister of Thomas and Charlotte. Her family survived the blitz and migrated to the new world after the war, arriving in New York City in 1946. Barbara would spend fifty years in New York City, the city she loved, perfecting her unique British/New York accent, which would impress and start conversations for decades to come.
Barbara is survived by her three children, Cliff, David and Diane, their spouses Karen, Laura, and Warren, five grandchildren, Benjamin, Madeline, Lindsey, Elliot and Joshua, and a beautiful great granddaughter, Aurora. She was a proud and loving mother and grandmother. Her love was all support and laughter with few expectations.
After attending Long Island City High School, Barbara worked at NBC in Rockefeller Center. She met and married her husband of 59 years, Wallace Trounson, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunnyside New York, marrying in 1955. Wally passed away in 2014. The 1970s were a challenging time and Barbara returned to her career, now in advertising, all while holding the family together at home, with love, grace, and determination.
Barbara was generous, smart, and funny. She and Wally were blessed with beautiful friendships in both New York and Wilmington, NC where they relocated for their retirement years in 1996. She loved tennis, theater, gardening, Sunnyside Park cookouts, good wine, perfectly cooked scallops, a long walk on Wrightsville Beach, and singing out loud - usually to Broadway show tunes and always at full volume.
Barbara was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. She gave her time, singing voice and full heart to All Saints and Saint Paul's in Wilmington, NC. Throughout her life she quietly volunteered her time at church and in the community, most recently at hospice, providing comfort and asking little in return.
Barbara led a beautiful and dignified life.
We love you and will miss you beyond words.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org. Arrangements by Joseph Levine & Sons www.levinefuneral.com