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Barbara Poe’s memory honored

Posted: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Barbara Lee Poe was working hard at getting back on track, looking for work, going to job interviews.

But on Friday, her body was found slumped inside a still-running car on the cul-de-sac outside the family’s apartment in Canyon Country.

“Barbara was the most caring, loving person I have ever met in my entire life,” said her husband, Tracy Poe.

“That woman had no idea what hatred or contempt was. She loved everybody.”

A preliminary examination of the scene of her death left investigators saying she likely died of natural causes. Her widowed husband said Tuesday he believes that assessment is accurate.

An autopsy was done on Barbara Poe’s body Tuesday. However, a cause of death won’t be revealed until the results of routine toxicology tests are known, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department.

“The cause of death has been deferred,” he said.

Barbara Poe would have turned 47 next month.

The Poes’ neighbors on Dune Lane told The Signal Monday that she was found slumped over the steering wheel of a locked car.

“I was there for all the commotion,” said a tenant of a building next to the Poes’ in the same sprawling apartment complex off Soledad Canyon Road east of Sand Canyon Road.

“One of the women who lives here phoned the police,” said the man, who did not want to be named in the newspaper. “She phoned because she saw the woman in the car and the car running when she left for work, and when she came home from work the car was still running.”

Once the body is released to the family, a funeral service is expected to be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, Tracy Poe said Tuesday.

Poe was the proud mother of two adult sons.

“She was a (San Fernando) Valley girl,” her husband said. “But her two best friends were here.”

Last year she lost her job to downsizing, he said.

Since 2005, she had worked for the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, most recently out of the Tarzana office. Her job was “downsized” in December.

Her husband said she was getting called for job interviews.

Before working for the association, Poe “pretty much ran her parents’ glass company,” her husband said.

“She was a wonderful person,” said Yvonne Calderon, who worked with Poe at the association.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5525

 

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