Barbara Noble of Shelburne died Dec. 27. She was recovering from a heart attack at her son’s home. Barbara was born in 1940. Her parents were Malka (Molly) Leah Lecker and Yitzkoch (Irving) ben Jakof (Jacob) Anshel Noble. Barbara graduated valedictorian from UVM at age 19, and played violin in the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. She won the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow award. She liked to joke that with her housekeeping skills, it was appropriately labeled “tomorrow, or maybe the day after.” Barbara had Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry. She was retired, but missed working in the research group at BF Goodrich, where her work garnered her team a United States Patent. She loved her cats, computing, and other sciences. She is survived by her children, Rebecca Padnos of Burlington, Celia Padnos of Galveston Island, Texas, Elisa Hormes of Berlin, Germany, and Stephen Wille Padnos of Essex Junction, six grandchildren, and two cousins. As per her wishes, there will be no services. A drop-in memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Lakeview House on Shelburne Road from 3 to 5 pm. Anyone who wishes may make a donation in her name to the Humane Society.