Barbara Lenora Preddy

by | Oct 27, 2022 | Obituaries

Gloucester, Va.—Barbara Lenora Preddy, 91, passed away quietly on October 6, 2022, at Walter Reed Convalescent Home in Gloucester, Va.

She was born in Portsmouth to Lawrence and Ruby Estelle VanCollum.

As a young girl, Barbara fell in love with and married Wade Louis Preddy. They were happily in love for the next 70 years, until Wade’s death in 2021.

Barbara had a long career with the American Red Cross. Early in her career, she managed the emergency services for the First Colonies Division in Norfolk, and later she managed the Blood Services in Portsmouth. Barbara continued to serve the community after her retirement by serving on the Board of the H.E.R. Shelter. She was also a 20+ year volunteer for the annual Portsmouth Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Barbara loved the beach; she and her family had happy memories of trips to Nags Head. She was a very competitive Mahjong player, enjoying regular games with her ladies’ group for over 35 years. A skilled knitter, Barbara created many sweaters for family and friends over the years. Her biggest love was for her family, and she loved entertaining everyone, especially on holidays. You could consider yourself special if you got a “Ruby” fruitcake at Christmas.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wade Preddy; son Stephen Preddy; and sisters Millie Greenglass and Dot. She leaves behind her son Larry Preddy (Kathy); her grandchildren Geoff Preddy (Michelle), Mathew Preddy (Samantha), Katie Preddy, Bess Toole (Brian); and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at Olive Branch Cemetery in Portsmouth. Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross. Condolences may be registered at