Barbara A. Day
Birth Date: April 2, 1952Death Date: November 17, 2019
Barbara Ann Day was born on April 2,1952 in San Diego, California. She was the third child of William and Mary Ponder.
The early years of her life were spent in the neighborhoods of Skyline and Valencia Park in San Diego. She attended Chollas Elementary school and O’Farrell Middle school. She graduated from Morse High School where she was a member of the drill team. Outside of school activities, Barbara played an instrument; she learned the piano. Barbara earned an associates degree and also attended San Diego State University.
After graduating high school, Barbara and Greg Day Sr. were joined in marriage on April 24th, 1971 and they were soon blessed with two children; Greg Jr. and Donnell. Greg Jr. is married to Ofelia and Donnell is the proud father to Irie, which is Barbara’s only grandchild.
At a very young age, Barbara entered the world of finance. She was entrusted with responsibilities early on as her supervisors and colleagues observed her strong work ethic, dedication and commitment to serving others. These qualities were passed down to her from both of her parents and her grandparents. These same qualities of service, perseverance and dedication is something Barbara also taught and modeled for her children, granddaughter, family members and friends. Barbara was dedicated to her career, which exceeded over 30 years in banking; working for Bank of America, Pacific Coast Bank, Security Pacific, and Wells Fargo. She rose in the ranks from bank teller to Vice President. For many years, she was a supervisor in the Bonita offices, where she developed an affinity for the local community. In addition, her strong skills in finance led Barbara, to an exciting tenure in Hawaii as a merge specialist for Security Pacific and Wells Fargo; a demonstration of her leadership and value to the organization.
Barbara retired early, at the age of 50, but she continued to be of service to others for many years after retirement. She consulted and engaged in community outreach at the Jacobs Center; a nonprofit organization centered around community impact. Barbara led the initial public offering (IPO) for Jacobs as she sought to redevelop the neighborhood where she grew up into a more balanced environment, affording its community members improved services and support. Barbara’s kindness to others extended well beyond her career endeavors as she also taught bank teller classes at a local adult school, which led to her obtain a teaching certification, allowing Barbara to substitute teach at Chollas Elementary.
Barbara was also a member of the local chapter of the Eastern Star, Ada B. Cleveland Chapter No. 71; an organization dedicated to principles of brotherly love, truth and relief. The local chapter, comprised of mostly Black women, provided scholarships to support college students and the chapter also organized a host of activities consistent with creating a better environment for all. Barbara served as Past Worthy Matron for one year.
In addition to a life of service to the community, Barbara loved her granddaughter and cherished their time together. She also enjoyed spoiling her granddaughter with Barbie dolls and dresses, especially since she had raised two sons. She also loved attending to her plants, making continual modifications to her home and she endlessly shopped for trinkets and decorative adornments as she had a passion for party planning, decor and a dream to open a bed and breakfast with her sisters. Barbara was also heavily involved with art culture and created pieces in her home to sell at the local consignment store; Where the World Meets.
While growing up, Barbara and her family attended Christ United Presbyterian church in the South Park section of San Diego. As an adult, she attended Bayview Baptist church, in Southeast San Diego, for several years. Through God’s providence and under the leadership of Pastor Timothy J. Winters, her faith expounded, and her spiritual development was overwhelmingly nourished.
Barbara was also a strong supporter of her immediate family and her extended family; many benefited from Barbara’s goodwill and generosity. She was a kind person and her commitment and care for others was rare and will be greatly missed.
Although Barbara’s life on earth did not extend beyond 2019, her life was well lived as she continually gave to those around her; often placing the needs of others before herself. Barbara remained that way when she departed this life on November 17th.
Barbara’s mother preceded her in death in 2015, but she is survived by her children; Greg Jr. and Donnell Day; Greg’s wife Ofelia, Greg’s stepdaughters Arianna and Klarissa and Donnell’s daughter Irie. Additionally, Barbara is survived by her father, William B. Ponder Sr., her mother’s sister and brother Anne Murray and Travis Montue, respectively; her siblings; William S., Patricia M. (Allison), Mary Alice, Faye (Price) and a brother- in-law James C. Allison. Survivors also include her ex-husband, Greg Day Sr., a mother in-law Mrs. Ives and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends who mourn her passing, but are encouraged by her new life with Christ.