Barbara Jean Wollen-Sturtevant

Date of Birth

May 16, 1930

Date of Death

September 5, 2022

City of Death

Arroyo Grande, CA.

Barbara Jean Sturtevant passed away peacefully at home in Arroyo Grande on September 5th, at 92 years old. She was born Barbara Wollen, May 16th, 1930, in Weeping Water Nebraska. The third of four children to Ray & Opal Wollen. The family moved to Nipomo in the summer of 1938. Barbara attended school there and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School.

In 1948, she met Donald Sturtevant, and they were married in Pismo Beach in 1949 and moved to Santa Barbara, where Don was a Chef. Their son Don Jr. was born in 1953, followed by Danny in 1955 and daughter Darla in 1962. Through the years, Barbara worked for several local businesses. In the late 50’s, she worked the front desk at “The Plunge” and was well liked by all and was referred to as “Red” for her naturally curly bright red hair. In later years, she worked in the corporate office of Jordano’s. She was a devoted member of The First Presbyterian Church for many years. In 1995, she retired to Arroyo Grande and spent a decade volunteering at Arroyo Grande Hospital.

She is survived by her 3 adult children, Don Jr of Idaho, Dan of NYC and Darla of Arroyo Grande. Five grandchildren, Ryan Sturtevant of Oakland, Monica Rodriguez and Benjamin Rodriguez of Goleta. Hannah Sturtevant of Las Vegas and Emma Zagelow of Hawaii. And six great grandchildren. Along with dozens of nieces and nephews. She was loved and will be missed by all.


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