Mrs. Barbara J. Hoops-Landon, 89, died Tuesday, January 8th, at Samaritan Summit Village, where she resided since September of 2013. There will be a service in the Spring at a time and place to be announced.
Barbara was born February 21st, 1929, in Watertown, the daughter of Vernet and Harriet (Hattie) Robinson Schnauber. She graduated from Clayton Central School.
A former marriage to Bruce Shaw ended in divorce. She then married Norman Landon in 1958. He died in 1965. Later on she married John (Bart) Hoops, who predeceased her.
Being married to her husband Norman Landon, they owned and operated the Gunns Corners Restaurant, until they sold it and opened a liquor store in Brownville.
Barb bought Treasure Island on the St. Lawrence River, and later on with her husband, Bart they built a cottage and developed the island and loved spending a lot of time there entertaining friends. They wintered in the Houston area. While in Houston, they belonged to three different bands, the Bayou Banjo Band, a Czeck Band, and the Houston Brass Band. They were also well known in the Jefferson County Area, where they played at numerous nursing homes with their own band (Sugar & Spice).
Barb published three cookbooks, she also wrote a column in the Thousand Islands Sun and Town & Country papers called; “Bit of News by Barb.”
Over the years she was very active in the Omar and Perch River Grange. She was a member of the Bethany Methodist Church in Watertown, also the North Jefferson Community Band, the Black River Fiddlers Association, and was very active in the 4-H Organization.
Surviving are three daughters, Diane (Mark) Baltz of Omar, Shirley (Gary) Thiessen of Texas, and Patricia (Marshal) Linder of Pennslyvania; two sons, David (Martha) Landon of Warners, N.Y., and Leslie (Laura) Landon of Texas; one step-daughter, Susan (John) Rossi of Florida; twenty grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. MaryLou (Jack) Charles of Ithaca; nieces and nephews.
One grandson, James Huddleston, one sister, Helen Klouzal, two brothers, Robert and Medford, and one step-son James Hoops, died before her.
Donations can be made in her name to the Depauville Methodist Church or Hospice of Jefferson County.