Our beloved, Barbara Gale Halbakken (Seaver), 82, of Yakima passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2020. She was born on Nov. 15, 1937 in Wellsville, New York to the late Ruth Dorothy Knapp. Her middle name and spelling were chosen as there were fierce gale winds on the day she was born, and it was windy in the early morning hours as she journeyed to heaven.
Barbara moved to Bellevue, WA in 1954 to live with her beloved Uncle Ted, who was like a father to her and her siblings. She graduated from Bellevue High in 1955, and then went on to beauty school where she received her beautician license that same year.
While attending a hairdresser workshop, she met and then went on to marry Robert D. Halbakken, Sept. 1, 1956 at Grace Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Robert was drafted into the Army and they moved to Fort Ord, where their first daughter, Risë, was born in 1958. They moved back to Bellevue and their son, Eric, was born in 1961 and a second daughter, Heidi, in 1963. In 1965 the family moved to Lake Alice and enjoyed living there until 1981. Barbara sang with the Sweet Adelines and loved digging for old bottles with her friends, Bonnie and Gloria.
Robert and Barbara semi-retired to a 40 acre ranch in Okanogan County. She loved her time there; they had milk and beef cows, chickens and a wonderful garden.
St. Maries, Idaho was their next adventure. While there, they volunteered with Hospice and again, had a large garden. Her huge sunflowers could be seen from very far away.
In 1996 they moved to Yakima to be close to their children and grandchildren. During that time, Barbara volunteered with the YMCA Book-a-Rama for many years, collecting and sorting books. She also enjoyed helping Margaret Mashburn with her estate sales.
Barbara was known for her baking, delicious cookies, including sugar cookies which her grandchildren would help decorate. Her pies were a favorite and everyone always looked forward to them.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her son Eric, her brothers John and Charles, sisters Donna and Cynthia, her dear Uncle Ted, and many other loved ones.
She is survived by her daughters, Risë and Heidi (Mark), four grandchildren, Kristina (Dave), Angela (Kane), Hanna (Spencer), and Joshua, and her great-grandchildren, Riley and Addison. Also, many relatives and friends whom she held dear.
Some of Barbara’s favorite things were reading and collecting books from Inklings, a quad mocha at Starbucks, See’s dark chocolates, hot fudge sundaes, lipstick and earrings. So next time you enjoy one of these things, please think of Barbara.
Remembrances may be made in her name to the Humane Society of Yakima or Cottage In The Meadow.