Barbara Lynn Foraker
Barbara Lynn Foraker (Lynn), age 51, of New Castle, DE, passed away on June 6, 2010, at the family cottage on the Bohemia River in Earleville, MD, surrounded by her family.
Born on August 12, 1958 in Wilmington, DE, Lynn was a 1976 graduate of William Penn High School in New Castle, leading the Colonials to 2 state championships in her senior year in fast pitch softball and in basketball. She attended the University of Delaware, where she was a member of the varsity basketball and softball teams (and continues to hold the record for most triples hit in a game), and graduated in 1981 with a degree in political science and economics. She also earned a degree from Goldey-Beacom Business College in 1982.
Lynn went on to sell both commercial and residential real estate in Washington D.C. for several years before returning to Delaware to join the family business, Foraker Oil, which she owned and operated at the time of her death.
Lynn was a great lover of the outdoors, enjoying boating on the Bohemia River, Chesapeake Bay, and longer voyages up and down the Atlantic Coast. She was Commodore of the B.L.F. Yacht Club, an exclusive club of like-minded boating enthusiasts.
Lynn had a wide circle of very close and devoted friends, dating from her childhood to the days of her ownership of The Beach House Bar and Restaurant in Rehoboth, DE. She enjoyed traveling with her family and friends, including trips to Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Italy, and throughout the United States.
Lynn was a huge animal lover. As a child she would accompany her father to local dog training sessions and field trials. After college she continued her love of the sport. Throughout her life, Lynn owned/co-owned and handled 10 dogs for Hunt Test and Field Trialing. Lynn was instrumental in molding a breeding program that for 6 generations could boast over 1000 lifetime points and Master Hunter status.
Survivors include Lynns partner Susanne Salkind and daughter Helen Abigail Salkind-Foraker of New Castle; beloved parents Warner T. Pete Foraker and Barbara Gail Foraker of Delaware City, DE and Bonita Springs, FL; brother Warner T. Todd Foraker, Jr., wife Sally, nephew Warner T. Tyler Foraker III, and niece Sarah Gail Foraker of St Augustine Beach, FL; cousins Pam and Vance Gray of Bear, DE, and Kevin and Yvonne Camac of Middletown, DE; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; beloved dogs Mercy, Lily, and Captain; and a pack of devoted friends who never left her side. She was preceded in death by Chip, her Labrador Retriever.
A funeral service will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, where visitation will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, Lynns family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
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