Barbara Backman Tolle

Businesswoman, teacher, golfer

Barbara Backman Tolle, 71, formerly of Oak Park, died at her home in Murrieta, California on Dec. 4, 2019. Born on July 31, 1948, she held a B.A. from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from UCLA. After retiring in 2003 as program manager for Hughes Aircraft’s Satellite Division, she started and operated a successful consulting firm for small businesses, as well as teaching at the University of Redlands and substitute teaching in the Temecula public schools. For many years, she was a leader and dedicated member of the Temecula Creek Women’s Golf Club and is recognized for her organizational skills, kindness, and generosity. 

Barbara Tolle is survived by her husband, Russell Tolle; her siblings, Kenneth (Vickie), Julie (Bruce) Specht, and Steven (Gloria); her nieces, Kristine, Jennifer and Kathryn; and her nephew, Nicholas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loretta H. and John W. Backman. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Feb. 29, 2020 in Temecula, California. Details are forthcoming at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to, Animal Friends of the Valleys, 33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar, CA 92595 and

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