On Sunday morning, March 13, 2011 barbara abramo, 67, of West Yellowstone gently passed away in the company of friends.
Born June 4, 1943, barb, who insisted that her name not be capitalized, grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
She was a strong defender of civil liberties and all things wild. barb worked to protect wild buffalo since 1992, and she and her partner, the late Phil Morton, were among the first local supporters of Buffalo Field Campaign when the organization established its headquarters in West Yellowstone in 1997.
She loved bears, buffalo, birds, fishing at Phil-barb cove on Hebgen Lake, and barb will be remembered as an uncompromising warrior in word and action. Since 2006 barb has been Buffalo Field Campaign's Office Coordinator, communicating with buffalo supporters from around the world, organizing efforts to protect the buffalo, and keeping the organization running smoothly, efficiently, and always with a personal touch.
She is now reunited with her companion, Phil Morton, who died in 2003.
barb was loved and respected by so many people and was an inspiration to all who had the honor of knowing her. barb will be with us and the buffalo always; every time we look into the eyes of a buffalo, she will be there; in the wind that moves the bull's thick, shaggy hair, she will be there; in the dance of a buffalo calf, she will be there. Donning her favorite color purple, with her gorgeous mane of long silver hair, she will toss back her head, her laughter echoing through the valleys and plains when the buffalo again roam free.
A memorial service and celebration are planned for Mother's Day, May 8, on Horse Butte near West Yellowstone, where her ashes will be returned to our Mother Earth.
For more information, and to send a contribution in her honor, please write Buffalo Field Campaign: PO Box 957, West Yellowstone, MT 59758 call: (406) 646-0070, or visit: www.buffalofieldcampaign.org.