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All About Barbara Davis: A Personal Q&A by Santa Maria Applied Abilities UCP Times Contributors

By Rae van Seenus on Dec 11, 2019 at 06:07 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog
All About Barbara Davis

In July of this year, contributors of the UCP Times at the Applied Abilities Program in Santa Maria, had an opportunity to interview a charming lady named Barbara Davis.

Barbara has been receiving Supported Living Services (SLS) through UCP WORK, Inc. since May of 2007, and works with her SLS staff on a variety of objectives.

Barbara lives in a beautiful community in San Luis Obispo, California, and has many friends, including UCP WORK, Inc. staff, Shauna Becker, and former staff member, Lori Knerr. She is also very close with her extended family.

Barbara lives an active life by volunteering at different community organizations, including choir group, “The Village Voices”, which we've been told, sounds terrific. 

Barbara Davis Cat Morris

Barbara has a cat named Morris, who she received after the passing of her mother back in 2005.

Upon arriving to her home, Barbara greeted us with a great big hug and welcomed us into her home.

The following is a Q&A with Barbara. We hope you enjoy this piece on this amazing lady!

Where were you born?

  • I was born in upper state New York, spent the first ten years of my life there, and then my family moved to the other coast in California, where we settled in San Luis Obispo.

Tell us about your family:

  • My mother was a homemaker and loved to travel. It was during a trip in 2005 that my mother and I went to Escondido and my mom passed away due to ongoing health issues with her liver. Prior to her passing, roles were reversed, and I became caretaker for my dear mother who cared for me throughout my life. My mom passed away doing what she loved doing, which was traveling.

  • My father was a Professor in the Engineering Department in San Luis Obispo and he passed away in 1998.

    Barbara Davis Brother Vietnam
  • I had a brother who tragically passed away while in Vietnam when his helicopter was shot down. Barbara holds up a photo in which she is standing next to her brother and goes on to say; I had no idea that a few weeks later this photo would be the last one with my brother. My brother was very protective of me while growing up, and at times, was defensive when people and children would stare and/or talk about me. Children are just curious.

Has there been, in your opinion, any obstacles that you felt you had growing up a “little person”?

  • Not being able to reach certain things. Sometimes parents would yank their kids away when their children would ask me, “why are you little?”.

When asked how she responds to people who ask about her stature, Barbara responded:

  • It’s the way God made me, I’ll give him the credit.

Earlier in her life, Barbara attended several “Little People” conventions:

  • I was involved in a group with people who attempted to start a "Little People" chapter in my town.

What is some life changing events that occurred in your life and are the most memorable?

  • My most life-changing moment, that changed everything, was when I dedicated my life to Christ and became a Christian. He has strengthened me to be able to get through every day. I rely on His strength to help me through.

Who has made the biggest impact in your life?

Barbara Davis Aunt

  • My Aunt has had the biggest impact on my life, because her disability didn’t keep her from living her fullest life. Barbara shows us a picture of her Aunt who was in a wheelchair and tells us that her Aunt ended up in a wheelchair as a victim of a hit-and-run, which happened after she stopped and witnessed a hit-and-run accident.

If you could change anything from your past, what would it be and why?

  • There’s not much I would really want to change. I don’t want to live life with any regrets. Every experience I have experienced, has gotten me this far in life.

What was the biggest heartache you’ve ever had?

  • Getting the news from ROTC officers, notifying my family, that my brother Roy was missing in Vietnam and then getting told two days after our initial visit, that my brother Roy was deceased.

  • As Barbara talks about her brother, her eyes become teary and it is clear that this amazing woman has one of the biggest hearts and compassion towards others. Barbara is a hugger and will hug you upon meeting you, and will do so with the most genuine smile ever, making you feel welcomed and comfortable.

Is there anything else you would like to let the world know about you?

  • Yes, I like to go out of my way to say hello to people I cross paths with. If you cross my path, be aware, because I’m a hugger

This story is written by contributors of UCP Times, a newsletter within the Applied Abilities Program in Santa Maria. For more information, contact Liz Gomez at [email protected]

UCP Times Contributors: Steven Cahill & Joni Hagemeier

With Support from Staff: Cynthia Whitney & Elizabeth Gomez