Date: 4/7/2013 10:37:50 PM
From: Rick Lee
Message: I just learned of Barbara's passing today. Barbara was my first supervisor when I started with the Yakima DSHS office in 1984. We both came to work in Olympia in 1986. We were in the same unit for about a year. We would sometimes take our coffee breaks together. Barbara was a very intelligent woman. She would always speak her mind. You will be missed! Rest in peace.
Date: 3/18/2008 4:01:41 PM
From: Greg & Lacey Gargan
Message: Teri - We were in Mexico when you sent the news of loss. We will miss her. I so enjoyed your Mom's wit, humor and great smile. She will live on in our memories and hearts. Hugs - Lacey
Teri - Sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Barb, from work and from our conversations over breakfast. You relationship with your mother was most inspiring. - Greg
Date: 2/3/2008 12:15:25 PM
From: Robbi Wilson
Message: Barbara was my supervisor and friend at DSHS. She was such a knowledgeable person, fun to work and very good at her job. All of us in Yakima missed her when she went to work in Olympia. Many of us kept in contact with her and always enjoyed those times that we could get together. Even though work brought us together, she turned out to be a very cherished friend. I am sad that Barbara is no longer with us, I am happy that she is no longer in the grasp of Alzheimer's Disease, the same disease that claimed my mother. Barbara will be missed, but not forgotten, by many.
Date: 1/23/2008 7:53:53 PM
From: Marilynn Ward
Message: My experience knowing Barb was while we both worked at Ennco Display in Redmond. She was the bookkeeper and I the interior designer. We became good friends and I will always value those times together. Barb taught me the meaning of securing my space and drawing my own ethical lines in various circumstances. These mirrored the guidelines that she secured in her life. We laughed and discussed life as a whole. Her strength of character was a guiding light for me and will continue to be. She will be missed. I will always remember her fondly and send the best of praise to you, Teri, for being a wonderful caregiver during the last few years.
Date: 1/17/2008 9:21:43 PM
From: Chris Rodriguez
Message: Dear Teri, I am thinking of you and all the memories I had with you and your mom at the Hampton. She is deeply missed. her corner of the dining room is empty without her being there. It was a joy and a pleasure to take care of your mother she will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Stop by and see us sometime. god bless.Chris
Date: 1/5/2008 5:55:29 PM
From: Linda Buerger
Message: Dear Teri,
Thinking of you and all the memories you shared with your mom. The obituary was beautiful! You honored her to the end, and I know that must give you peace. I pray for continued comfort from the Holy Spirit as you adjust to life without her here on earth. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Date: 1/5/2008 10:41:41 AM
From: Lois Gloyd (again)
Message: Dear Teri and Mark & Linda: I have so much more to say, and I apologize that my brain and emotions failed me at the service. I was much more overwhelmed than I had anticipated. One of the first things I want to say about Barb is that she and Vern raised 2 most wonderful people in you two. She and Vern are and will always be very proud of how you turned out. No one could ask for better offspring than you are (and Linda is included as she has supported you both even though her health is not perfect.)
Another thing I have to say is that I always thought Barb looked like Judy Garland, and she also could sing and dance like Judy. One thing I recall that confirms that is an assembly program when we were in 9th grade at Wa. Jr. High. She and Jerry VanDusen, another classmate, did a song and dance routine of "We're a Couple of Swells", complete with top hats and canes. It was great! Barb and I sang in the Church Choir for years together, and also in the chorus at Washington Jr. High. I loved to hear her play on the piano. One of my favorites that she did was "Pavonne", and also Chopin's "Polonaise". (I hope I remember that correctly as to composer.)
Your memories of her daring-do, remind me of the times we swan at Patterson Lake (what it was called then, not Pattison), where we would take turns jumping and then diving off the high dive. There was at that time a very tall slide, that you could slide down on a wooden sled (for heaven's sake!). We did that so much that it became tame, so we started going down it backwards! And you realize that I'm sure there was no life guard on duty. We had so much freedon in those days! I found a picture in one of the Lacey Newsletters that shows that old slide.
Another memory is our Church had a trip to Mt. Rainier, and we rented skis (not cross country, downhill) and it is in my memory that we started up near Paradise, and skied down a wooded trail to Longmire! I remember Jerry Wilson and a couple other kids we liked we had invited did it too. (Jerry liked Barb a lot, and he used to pull her under the water by the foot at the lake. He pulled me under too, and we both hated it! He was my first "boyfriend" in the 3rd and 4th grades!) I can't imagine we skied that far when we really did not know how, but we did!
All the times at Church Camp (called Summer Assembly) we had so much fun. Barb and I liked to do the same things most of the time. We did not sleep in the cabins, we perfered to take our sleeping bags outside and sleep in the grass. We learned to dress and undress inside the mummy bags we slept in! After all, it was daylight when we woke up! And we really had fun swimming in that mountain cold river (American River), and we made this hole to swim in and we piled up rocks and put a plank on them, and then weighted it down, so we could dive in the river. It was great, but Don Ellis (a tall blond guy I thought was so cute) dove in and hit a rock and cut a gash on his head. I have picture of him leaning on Barb's shoulder with that bandage on. I really think the parents and counselers then made us stop diving, I'm not sure.
And, you won't believe this! One of the times we were there it was still during WWII. And our Church being a "Peace Church", had a non-stop prayer vigil for peace. You went to this wooded bower-like place, alone, and for an hour prayed for peace. Barb and I both signed up to do it in the night. I can't recall exactly whether I followed Barb or she me, but there was a lantern, I think) that dimly lit the place. (I'm sure it wasn't candles, since it was in the woods.) It was a serious thing and we were serious about it. My brother was in the Navy at the time, and still a teenager, since he joined at 18 right after H.S. graduation. There were lots of adult counselers and teachers at these Assemblies that really spoke to us and our budding faith.
I remember one time we visited you folks in Yakima, and Loren and Vern went bird hunting. Barb cooked the birds and we had fun eating them, and finding all this bird shot that we had to spit out. Guess we didn't get "lead poisoning" from that! All the camping trips we took together are wonderful memories. Barb and I always got along. I don't ever remember us not. I always looked up to her and her abilities in art and music, and like Ruby said, she was smart!
We played lots of cards together, and later even bridge. We did like the same things. We both loved the exciting rides at the fair or carnivals. She, however, learned to play tennis, and I have never even tried. I loved to ride horses, and I'm not sure she did that, but almost everything else, we did together. Barb loved to dance, and I have pictures of her dancing with Loren at a party at our house on Lilly Rd. We played a lot of fun games at those parties, and we always had so much fun. I truly did and do love Barb, and her leaving leaves a huge void in my heart. As you 3 know, it was hell to watch her slowly leave us, and I guess I hardened my feelings a little so that it did not hurt so much until the day of her service. It truly overwhelmed me when I tried to express my memories, and I am so sorry for that. She and you deserved better. Just know I love you and treasure my time with Barb, Vern and you. Love, Lois
Date: 1/3/2008 11:24:03 AM
From: Sarah Minor and family
Message: I am really sorry I was unable to attend I truly loved Barbara and was honerd to be apart of her life. Terri and Barbara became apart of my family and we will always keep them close to my heart.
Date: 1/3/2008 10:21:27 AM
From: Eleen Hartley and family
Message: Teri our thoughts are prayers are with you today as you say farewell to your Mom and friend. Her body finally gave out, but her spirit and love will live on forever. Much love to you and your family. I am thinking of you and will be talking to you soon. Love, Eleen and family
Date: 1/3/2008 8:33:55 AM
From: Kyle Dorsey
Message: I remember as a kid how excited I always was to visit my aunt and uncles and cousins in Yakima. I liked the house with the stairs on both sides, and looked forward to maybe going hunting. I remember that Barb was always kind to me (as was everyone there). There are a few memories that stick in my mind, but for some reason I remember now and again the time I was sent ouside with a penut butter and jelly sandwich. I sat on the swing; one bite and about ten seoncds later I was flat on my face with a skinned knee and a fairly nasty looking sandwich. I figured that was the end of lunch, which I remember being far more distressing than the knee. Barb just made me another sandwich with no comments at all about my carelessness. In my mind that made her a good person. Barb was always kind to me when I spoke to her in later years, but I think it is the memories of my childhood that are most clear and by which I remember her.
Date: 1/3/2008 7:34:51 AM
From: Tina Basler
You and your mom are especially on my mind today as you do the final preparations for Barb's funeral. I know it will be beautiful! My thoughts and prayers today. Love you! T
Date: 1/2/2008 1:17:16 PM
From: Randi and Nancy Talistu and family
Message: As I said when I lost my mom (Nancy's) this past July, our human side reminds us how much pain we are feeling, but thankfully our spiritual side lets us feel the hope,peace and joy that your mom is experiencing now and that we too will know when we all join our loved ones in heaven. May God bless you and give you strength - Love to all -Nancy and Randi
Date: 1/1/2008 10:41:35 PM
From: Shaani Talistu
Message: We will miss you Barbara.Thanks for my wonderful cousins.
God bless you Teri, I know how tough this is and I pray for you to remember the good times. Your Mom will be with you always, in your heart. When you miss her that's where you'll find her.
I love you Terri, God bless you, Mark, and the family.
Date: 12/31/2007 10:09:15 AM
From: Lois Gloyd
Message: Barb: You know you were a very, very special person to me. We had so many wonderful times together. I feel like I always have known you, I can't remember when we first met. We were in Church together, sang in the choir for years together, went to Church Camp with your parents, skating parties with other Youth Groups of our Church all over the state, especially if one of the 2 of us was sorta sweet on a guy from another Church, were in each other's wedding party, had wedding showers, and baby showers for each other, had all sorts of pinochle parties in our homes together (we didn't have a lot of money in those days), New Year's Eve Parties at the Friendly Grove Hall for years, until it burned down (not at one of our parties), went camping together as families for years together, where our children became good friends. Loren and I visited you on 8th Street in Olympia, in University Place, in Part Angeles, in Yakima. Stew and I have picked up that same friendship and have enjoyed you and your family as well. Your Mom and Dad were always like another Mom and Dad to me, and your Grandparents Shumate, were pillars I admired in the Church that we belonged to, and your Grandpa Baker and I played many games of Crazy Eights together when you were practicing your piano. All your family, cousins Bette, Tiny, Nootie, Jiggs, and the twins, and Mardie, and Billy, etc, etc. (sorry if I have missed one) were all special to me as they were great persons, as you were and are. I dearly love you, Barb, and know you are now in a better existence. The "long goodbye" was hard on all, and you had such a wonderful daughter and son and daughter in law to take such great care of you, and to see that everywhere you were you received the very best. I treasure the memories I have of our times together. I can only hope and pray that I will be found to be acceptable to join you someday in that "better existence". Love, Lois
Date: 12/30/2007 10:46:32 AM
From: Tina Basler
Message: Barbara --
I thank you for the gift of your children. In you, I know heaven is celebrating the return of one of their beloved. We will miss you here, but look forward to seeing you again.
Sending you love and prayers, Tina
Date: 12/30/2007 9:18:52 AM
From: Janet Stewart
Message: I will miss you, Barb.