Barbara Ellen Gerner, 59, of Southbury, died May 11 at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport.

She was born July 11, 1953, in New Milford, daughter of the late George and Guy Lee Stevens.

She was a registered nurse and worked at the Family Birthing Center at St. Vincent's Medical Center for many years.

She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Woodbury, where she volunteered as a youth director.

She enjoyed quilting, reading and attending Bible study, and was a big fan of the New York Yankees baseball team.

Most of all, she was a dedicated mother who loved spending time with her family. She was especially looking forward to the birth of her first grandson, who is expected to be born in early June.

She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey, Matthew and Alex Gerner; and two nephews, David and Todd Stevens. She was predeceased by a brother, David Stevens.

The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere was in charge of arrangements.

Burial was at the Lower Merryall Cemetery in New Milford.