RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Barbara Bostwick Eaton, 97, of Ridgewood, died Oct. 12.
She was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Westfield, graduated from Westfield High School (Class of 1936), and graduated from Arlington Hall Jr. College in Virginia in 1938.
Though busy raising three children and helping her husband with a growing business, she joined the then Englewood Junior League and, in 1949, was presented with the Junior League's Sustainers Award for the Volunteer of the Year.
The Eatons moved to Ridgewood and she became involved in community volunteer work. In 1958, she was chairwoman of the Valley Hospital Cotillion, a yearly fundraiser for the new hospital. She was elected to the YWCA Board of Directors and served as president from 1962-65 and again in 1982. She also served on the YWCA Board of Trustees. In 1967, she was presented with the Essie W. Mayer Award for Outstanding Leadership. She chaired the YWCA twin dinner in 1978 and 1979. In 1979, she co-chaired the YWCA-YMCA building expansion campaign. She was given special recognition from the YMCA. In 1982, she and others were selected as recipients of " Mayors Award for Excellence" presented by the Mayor, the late Ed Butler. In 1988, she was selected "Volunteer of the Week" by The Record newspaper.
In 1960, she was ordained as the first woman Elder of the West Side Presbyterian Church and served as first woman Clerk of Session for six years. In the last several years, she volunteered weekly in the church office.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Eaton.
She is survived by her daughters, Bette Eaton Montaperto and her husband Ron, Nancy Eaton Groff and husband Neal; son, Larry C. Eaton and wife Meg; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Internment will be in the Memorial Garden at the West Side Church. A memorial service will be conducted in Spring 2017 at the West Side Presbyterian Church.
Gifts in her memory to West Side Church Building Fund, 6 S. Monroe St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 will be greatly appreciated.