Barbara (Morris) Goodbody was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1936. Her father, Robert Melvin Morris, was from a Democratic Kentucky family, and a career naval officer. Her mother, Adelia Ball Morris, was from a Republican Indiana family. Barbara attended many schools growing up, as the family moved often. She attended Mt. Vernon College for one year, then graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Literature. She worked in the press office during Muskie’s 1972 presidential run.
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Craighead, Paula, "Goodbody, Barbara oral history interview" (2003). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 145.