Barbara McGee Santora

August 31, 1924February 20, 2021

Barbara McGee Santora "Bobbie", born August 31, 1924 in Fresno California, peacefully passed away on February 20, 2021. While her early years were spent in St Petersburg, it was in Gainesville where Barbara would meet and marry the man of her dreams, Judge John E. Santora Jr., although I’m sure she would argue that 45+ years with “Mr. Wonderful” wasn’t all candy canes & roses. Jacksonville & Atlantic Beach is where Barbara would ultimately raise a family, and enjoy an extraordinary social network of friends that she somehow managed to outlive because she “never smoked a cigarette”. She absolutely loved to entertain with weekends filled with family, friends, football, and her legendary fried chicken. Barbara loved beautiful trees, sunshine & sports, with a special passion for tennis and golf where she excelled as a founding member of Selva Marina Country Club. She was a dedicated volunteer during the early days of the Greater Jacksonville Open (GJO), the TPC at Sawgrass, and especially enjoyed her time working for Arnold Palmer Course Design. Truly an amazing lady, Barbara was a tower of strength and persevered through unimaginable adversity in her life, and deep into the 4th quarter, courageously handled the isolation and loneliness of a devastating COVID lockdown. Her spirit, personality, and zest for life will forever be an imprint on those who knew her. Barbara is pre-deceased by her brother Jim McGee, husband Judge John E. Santora Jr., and two sons Mark McGee and Gary Powell. Survivors include son John Bradley, daughter in-law Tammy, and four grandchildren; Marcus, Darby, Shane and Jackson. Heartfelt thanks go out to the many caregivers who compassionately took care of Barbara during her final years. She will be laid to rest at Oaklawn Cemetery under majestic oak trees and brilliant sunshine. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville 904-737-7171. Please sign the guestbook at


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Julie Varn Perry

March 1, 2021

Bradley and family my prayers are with you all. Many memories of your Mom and family growing up. The spread of food on the table for her friends. And her personality. She was a wonderful woman. 🙏

Lawanda Williams

February 25, 2021

Ms. Barbara was a lovely lady. I have known her over the past few years and enjoyed talking with her. She was always smiling and loved to be outside in the sunshine. I loved how every day she was dressed so pretty with matching jewelry and bow in her hair. Rest in peace, Ms. Barbara. You will be missed.

Gloria Santora -Stansbery

February 22, 2021

I met Bobbi wben I was 6 and Begie, as I knew him then, and she were dating. He was in college and she was secretary to Major Powell, who owned the radio station in Gainesville. When they married a year later, I was the flower girl in their wedding in Jacksonville. The reception was held in Mrs Woods boarding house for young ladies in Riverside, where she had been living. After his graduation from law school, they moved back to Jacksonville and lived behind us in an apartment my parents had built for them. My mom helped her navigate the hurdles often faced by a young bride and mother. I loved having them there, especially after Gary was born.
Bobbi was a most ambitious, hard working wife and mother, doing her best to open doors socially for her husband. She was very successful. She was a faithful wife, great hostess, and conscientious mother who had to face the early death of her two beloved sons and the loss of her husband in 1996. She was a tough Irish lady who gave me a helping hand from time to time and tried to help me as I grew older, I have many happy memories of holiday dinners and other gatherings in their home and on vacations at the beach. I remember telling her that I wanted her to be the sister I never had, though there was a huge age difference between us.