Hello friends and fans of the publishing world,
We are sorry to say that on September 7th the world got a little dimmer.
Barbara (Babs) Hightower, of Babs Book Bistro, an author assistant to many, passed away shortly after doing one of her favorite things in life─climbing a mountain with her beloved Tommy and young children.
Babs worked with me as an author assistant for almost two years and I miss her terribly, both as a very good friend and a tremendous assistant. At 1:oo a.m. on September 8th, I received a text from her husband, Tommy, and with his permission, share a portion of it with you:
This is Tommy, Babs husband. I'm very sorry to say we lost her tonight.
We went hiking today up a mountain, and did 4 miles. She complained about arm pain once we reached the top, but thought maybe she slept on it wrong. By the way, she beat me down the mountain. She had a heart attack minutes after we got home, five hours after the arm pain. We lost her tonight at 6:00 p.m.
I am just numb. Tommy."
Babs and Tommy have four boys, three of whom are still at home, two with special needs. A month before Babs passed, Tommy had a stroke and I know she was very stressed out about that.
Babs was only 49, and yet in her short time here, she was an integral part of the publishing world. She loved books, all books, but especially cozy mysteries. You can imagine how many times we laughed about her assisting an author who doesn't happen to write cozies, and another who writes sci-fi. But that's how Babs was, always willing to extend a helping hand to anyone who needed one.
The family did not hold a public funeral, but rather had a private family service. Based on the many comments on her obituary page, she was much loved by so many in her home town of Taylors, South Carolina.
It is in this vein that we are asking you to donate whatever you can to Babs' family to ensure her young ones (whom she loved dearly) are provided all the love and care she gave them in her short time here.
Your donation will go to Tommy and the children and is sincerely appreciated.
Rest In Peace, Babs.
Our sincere thanks,
Amber Marr (Babs' partner in Crime at Babs’ BookMark)