Barbara Musso 1951 – 2022

Written by Estero Bay News

January 27, 2023

Barbara Lynne Musso was born in 1951 to romantics Mary and Al Musso. She embodied the classic Italian spirit in her approach to cuisine, fashion, art, and affection. She always surrounded herself with beauty and love. 

Inspired by her father, Barbara was ever-curious and undertook all of her interests with zeal. One of her first professional creative pursuit took her to Long Beach State University to study metalsmithing. After, she avidly pursued freelance jewelry work, and was involved in many shows and craft fairs. In 1992, she moved from Southern California to the Central Coast, which would become her home for the rest of her life. 

Barb opened her boutique Poppy in Morro Bay in 1998. Her success there, as well as her passion for shoes, led her to open Sole Mia years later. Both businesses were greatly admired and rewarding contributions to her local community. 

Barb was mother to two sons, Ian and Dylan, and was devoted to them. She was always encouraging and supportive, and was proud of the kind, thoughtful young men she raised. 

After many years of health issues, Barbara passed away peacefully in November of 2022, surrounded by family in her Los Osos home. She left a lasting, loving impression on many people. She will be dearly missed and remembered. A Remembrance Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 2-4 p.m. in the Clubhouse at Morro Shores Park, Los Osos.

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