Barbara Dick

Barbara L. Dick

Saturday, January 11th, 2020
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Barbara L. Dick ~ poet, teacher, lover of books, stringed instruments, traveling, sharing stories with children and meeting new people ~ died Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. She was 89 and proud to call Corning, NY her home.

Barbara was born on July 1st, 1930 in Medina, NY to Daniel and Florence Long, the oldest of five children. Barbara was a 1947 graduate of Medina High School. She then attended SUNY Geneseo and graduated with a B.S. majoring in Library Science with a minor in elementary education.

Barbara was a librarian at the Campbell-Savona School District for 26 years. Even into her retirement years, she enjoyed bicycling, walking, attending concerts, visiting museums and historical sights, cooking, genealogy, reading and writing both poems and stories. Barbara attended many seminars at the Chautauqua Institute.

Also in retirement, Barbara worked with elementary students in the Big Flats schools teaching the children to appreciate and write their own poetry. Her enthusiasm for the written word was infectious.

At seventy, Barbara decided to learn how to play the violin. She took lessons for three years and became an avid member of the Second Wind Strings. Betty Bissmeyer, John Brown, Marv Bunch, Peg Carter, Caroline English, Brad Kinsman, Salle Richards, Libby & George Soltysik, Jenny Van Etten and Lucretia West are some of the former members of the group who enjoyed Barbara’s pleasant disposition and ready smile.

Barbara is survived by her sisters Nancy and Virginia, grandson Ryan (Beth) Dick, three great-grand-children Damien, Gavin, Rosslyn. Barbara had many nieces and nephews.

Pat Champlain, Arden Dick, Jennifer Fais & Noel Sylvester, Diane Finefrock, Leslee & Mike Harmer, Annie & Gary McCaslin, Lynne Munson, Donna Roe, Andrew & Barbara Seubert, are few among many who called Barbara her friend.

A memorial service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 171 West Pulteney Street, Corning, NY on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM. A private burial will be held at the Boxwood Cemetery, Medina, NY at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s name may be sent to: The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, 79 West Market Street, Corning, NY 14830. Barb’s dream was to fund poetry writing workshops for elementary school children.

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  • Service

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 1:00pm
    First Congregational United Church of Christ
    171 W. Pulteney Street
    Corning, New York 14830
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  • Interment

    Boxwood Cemetery
    Medina, NY


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Akua Lezli Hope

Posted at 07:32am
My deepest condolences to Barbara's friends and family. I met her as a poet and creator many years ago. Wishing comfort and
strength to all mourners.

Kathleen Walion

Posted at 03:55pm
So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was a very good friend to my mother, Tracy Finneran. My condolences to her family and friends.

James Wells

Posted at 10:52am
I grew up in a home directly across the street from Barbara. That home at 58 Corning Blvd. was owned by my parents from 1951 - 1995. Barbara was a great neighbor and kind friend. From 1991 - 1995, my father was unable to drive anymore and was a shut-in living in his home. Barbara was very kind to my father during his final years. In the years since 1995, we would often run into Barbara in Wegmans. She would always sit down and talk with us for several minutes. She was a very nice lady and will be greatly missed. With Sincere Sympathy, Jim & Pat Wells (Farmington, NY)


Posted at 11:25pm
I will miss the long phone calls we had . I will miss setting with you after the lawn was mowed to hear the stories about your life and all the folks you knew . I will just miss the smile every time we met up . Love a great friend Everett Wilson😪😪😪😪


Posted at 03:17pm

Our phone rings silent with you gone dear friend. We will miss our short chats and lingering
conversations. Memories of our camping excursions as kids with you also come to mind.
Your voices that changed with every hand puppet you picked up and played drama with was entertaining. You had some great passion for the violin and the poetry you wrote and shared.
May you finally Rest In Peace . Love you still & always will . Leslee and Mike H.
May you finally Rest In Peace with no more ailments or allergies. Love you still & always will!

Nelda B. Toussaint Posted at 08:09am

I will truly miss our many very long conversations by phone, discussing everything from politics, to travel, family and most of all memories of our past, growing up in Medina. Your interest in so many aspects of life, and your wonderful memory was an inspiration. Rest in Peace, dear friend! Love from Nelda Toussaint

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