Barbara was a prominent and dedicated figure in both the CFMS and AFMS. She served as President of CFMS in 1968 - 69, then went on to Regional Vice President of AFMS, representing the California Federation, becoming AFMS President in 1982.
In 1976 Barbara was honored with the CFMS Golden Bear Award, one of the first recipients of this top CFMS honor.
In 1977, she started as Junior Regional Vice President for AFMS. Her `tour of duty' took her to Ogden, UT in 1977; Pleasanton, CA in 1978; Tampa, FL in 1979; Lincoln, NE in 1980; Salt Lake City, UT in 1981; and as AFMS President in 1982, she presided at the Director's meeting in Houston, TX.
During her tenure as AFMS President, Barbara instigated several changes and programs which have benefitted our cause:
She and her Committee got the AFMS Endowment Program approved. She then appointed Bill Cox of South Central Federation and Charles Leach of the California Federation to begin preparations on the Fund.
They were also instrumental in re-working the AFMS By-laws and Operating Regulations to make them "politically correct".
She also spearheaded the development of the All-American Club awards.
Barbara began as a member of the Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society where she served as Editor of the club Newsletter. She and husband Obie Goss then moved to the Sierra foothills where she helped form a club and was editor while they lived there. She always had an interest in editors throughout the U.S. and served as AFMS Publications Chairman for several years. She wrote columns on editing for the AFMS Newsletter and helped at National Editors' award breakfasts, along with June Zeitner.
The Goss' then moved to Florida where they `retired'. While there, Obie passed away. Sometime later she married Mr. Pettit and they moved to the Carolinas, where he passed away. With her health failing, Barbara moved to Las Vegas, NV to be near her sister.
Barbara served the CFMS and AFMS with dignity, good humor and love of her fellow rockhounds.... We will miss this great lady!