WHITMORE—Barbara Joan Whitmore

WHITMORE—Barbara Joan Whitmore, 85, of Florence, Ore., passed Nov. 25, 2020, in Albany, Ore.

Barbara was born May 9, 1935 to Joseph Dolor Galarneau and Maria Mader Galarneau in Portland, Ore.

Barbara attended Lebanon Union High School and graduated in 1954. She attended Provi-dence Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, Ore., and graduated in 1957 aa a Registered Nurse.

She married her High School Sweetheart, Richard (Dick) Nye Whitmore Dec. 28, 1958. On July 9, 1958, they welcomed their first daughter Kaye Lynn and, on April 23, 1962, they welcomed their second daughter, Jacqueline (Jacquie) Rae.

Barbara worked at Western Lane Hospital and Peace Health Hospital in Florence, Ore., retiring in 1995.

Barbara enjoyed her profession as a nurse and had a passion for helping the ill and delivering babies. She loved working with all her co-workers; they were a second family to her.

Barbara was a kind and compassionate person and most of all she loved being a mother, grandmother and a beloved wife.

Barbara had many talents and enjoyed sewing, cross stitch and beading.  Barbara was an avid Ore-gon State fan; she enjoyed attending college football games and collecting Beaver memorabilia. 

She loved camping with family and friends, fishing, reading, visiting with her classmates and caring for her dogs and plants. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Richard  Nye Whitmore, in 2012.

She is survived by her daughters: Kaye Lynn Whitmore-Hunt of Gillette, WY, and Jacqueline (Jacquie) Rae Hodges of Albany, Ore.; sons- in-law Joe Hodges of Albany, Ore., and Randy D. Hunt of Gillette, WY; her grandchildren: Kelsie Renee’ Packebush of Tucson, Ariz., Brenton (Brent) Ryan Packebush of Bend, Ore., and spouse Nathalie, Roc Richard Hodges and Holland Joe Hodges of Albany, Ore., Kristopher James Hunt of Silverdale, Wash., and Kyle Andrew Hunt of Dickson, Tenn.

A family graveside service will be held summer 2021 in Florence, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Western Lane Foundation Scholarship Fund — one of Dick and Barb’s favorite contributions for Siuslaw High School student’s college  education in Florence.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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