Nancy Diane Barber, 67, animal advocate who enjoyed travel

Nancy Diane Barber, a 34-year resident of Ridgefield, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital after what her family said was a “courageous battle with lung cancer.” She was 67 and the wife of Tony Barber.

Mrs. Barber was born in Bronxville, N.Y., the only child of Daniel and Toni Mihalak McCurdy. She grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., and attended the Halsted School there and graduated from Centenary College for Women in Hackettstown, N.J.

Her family said she was known for her love of travel, gardening, cooking recipes, and care and comfort of rescued cats.

Besides her husband of 45 years, she is survived by her daughter, Lorraine McKenna, and her husband, Dennis, and grandchildren Patrick and Michelle.

Burial arrangements are private, at the family plot in Yonkers.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Barber’s name may be made to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society, 147 Grassy Plain Street, Bethel CT 06801.