Penfield, NY: After living with pancreatic cancer for two years, the beautiful, brave Barbara Moore Curran died on May 16, 2020. She was at home in the care of her loving and devoted husband Jed, son, Jordan and sister, Dawn. Barbara was a child of Howard and Katherine Moore. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her siblings Lloyd Moore, Reggie Moore, June Chapin, and Maxine Ricalton and brothers-in-law Gary Atkinson, Bob Ricalton, Ed Chapin, Harley Lincoln, and Todd Curran.
Barbara’s early life on the family farm in the north country of New York formed and shaped her love of the natural world, her strong work ethic, her devotion to family and friends and her connection to and respect for a very special way of life. At 18 she made her way to Rochester and embarked on the work of her life as a hair stylist extrodinare. From the salons at the Sibley’s and B. Forman department stores to Narcissus on Park Avenue, she made women (and men) look and feel beautiful and special. In the process, she formed life long friendships with her clients and probably could have qualified for a degree in psychology. She was a steadfast friend and in semi-retirement made home visits to many of her long time clients, bringing not just her scissors, but her caring companionship.
Her greatest joy and most treasured gift was her family. Listening to Jed’s and Jordan’s songwriting and music bought her much joy. Precious days of peace in the north county, beach vacations and lake weekends, holiday dinners, pool hangouts, showers, weddings all meant so much. She was also wonderful in the “everydayness” of family. Always the first to bring a meal, offer a ride or a shoulder to cry on. Of course, she was there for all of the kids’ first haircuts! Spring meant flowers, lots and lots of flowers. Summer meant fresh veggies and salads. Fall meant dried hydrangeas and inventive Halloween costumes. Winter meant Christmas Eve potatoes. We will never forget.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 37 years, Jed Curran and her children Jordan (Emily Fischer), Leah (Michael) Moon and her precious granddaughter Luna Curran. Also bereft at her passing are her sisters, Leota Lincoln, Virginia Moore and Dawn Atkinson , sisters-in-law Kay Moore, Catherine McCann(Ed Benati), Molly (Bill) Shafer, Karen Curran, and brother-in-law, Charles Curran. Her many nieces and nephews will remember her always.
Due to current circumstances a celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at a later date. Please consider a donation in her memory to UR Medicine Home Care Hospice or Wilmot Cancer Center.