Lifetime Rumsonite Barbara Krouse Williamson passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Aug. 1. She was 77.
A Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate, Barbara also graduated from Penn State University. She was a home economics teacher in the Freehold Regional School District for 25 years and a travel agent.
Known as a woman who “shared 44 years of a blissful marriage” with husband Gerald, Barbara loved to cook and was “an avid traveler.” Barbara “cherished vacations with loved ones. She explored the world and loved to share her knowledge of travel. She lived every day to the fullest and always found a way to have fun,” her obituary said.
A member of The Rumson Presbyterian Church, Barbara was also a past president of the Northern Monmouth County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She worked tirelessly for scholarships for women and developed many lifelong friendships. She was also an active member of the Monmouth County Retired Educators Association.
Barbara was predeceased by her parents Marion and Mae Krouse of Rumson.
She is survived by: her loving husband, Gerald F. Williamson; daughter, Heather Gorman, and husband Patrick, of Fair Haven; her beloved grandchildren, Katie, Parker and Seamus; daughter, Wendy Williamson, and partner Nora Rose, of Rumson; brother, Donald Krouse, and wife Gay, of Weaverville, CA, and their children, Rebecca, and husband Bryan James, and Adam Krouse and wife Jennifer; brother, Roger Krouse, of Asbury Park; adoring sister, Carol Sullivan of Monmouth Beach; treasured nieces, Megan and Devin; and her many great-nephews and niece.
“Barbara loved her family and friends,” her loved ones said in her obituary. “The support of her friends has been greatly appreciated by her family.”
Services were held on Aug. 4. Donations in her honor may be made to AAUW NMCB, PO Box 398, Red Bank, NJ 07701 (AAUW Scholarship Fund) or Wag On Inn Rescue, P.O. Box 221, Oakhurst NJ 07755.