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Barbara Robbins

Jun. 28, 1935 - Mar. 30, 2018

Date of Service: Apr. 5, 2018

A baby girl was born to George R. Barnard and Modenia Potts Barnard on the 28th of June 1935 at American Falls, Idaho and named Barbara. She passed away on March 30, 2018 surrounded by her family. The first 18 years of her life were spent at Minidoka Dam where her father worked at the power plant. The dam camp had about 20 families living in the Government housing there. She swam in the river and rode a bike making many close friends there. When she was 12 her sister Darlene was born. She attended Acequia grade school in the old two-story building with the large bell on top. She attended high school at Acequia (go Indians) and the last two years were at Rupert High School (go Pirates) and played a saxophone in the marching and pep bands. In June of 1953 after high school graduation, she attended Henager School of Business in Salt Lake City for 9 months, living at Brigham Young’s Bee Hive House Annex. She enjoyed many spiritual experiences living in the shadow of the Salt Lake Temple. Her return to Rupert came in April of 1954 where she worked at the Idaho First National Bank.

On December 1, 1955, she married her favorite date, Leo Robbins in the Idaho Falls Temple for time and eternity. Leo and Barbara lived in a home on the farm previously purchased by Leo. They raised many things on the farm, their most important crop being their children: Leona Kay May (Brent), Bonnie Jean Carter (Duane), Laura Jo Koyle (Kendall), Leo Bruce Robbins (Heidi), George Clint Robbins, Connie Smith (Dennis), and Carolyn Robbins. Leo and Barbara also had 3 foster children at various times. She has 29 grandchildren and 55 great grandchildren. She said she used to think children are a gift from God, but learned they are just loaned to us and we’ll be accountable if we don’t do right by them. She loved all of her posterity and was teaching them even on her last day on earth. She will continue to teach her family and friends both here on earth and those who have gone before her.

She loved family history and gathered volumes of history. With her love and talent for art she could draw portraits of some of her ancestors creating a closeness and kinship to those she drew. She wrote in a journal throughout the years and shares her love for the scriptures and her testimony about the plan of salvation.

Barbara was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and enjoyed serving in many capacities. She said the best job in the church is teaching, whether it’s visiting teaching or scouts. Her testimony of Christ is a strong one and showed in her actions.

Barbara worked on the Election Board for 35 years. She enjoyed sewing, making many outfits, prom and wedding dresses, quilts and could mend anything. She was very resourceful, frugal, and always paid tithing. She loved working on the computer, swimming, and furniture refinishing. She loved to square dance with her sweetheart.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Rupert LDS 1st Ward Chapel 806 G St. Rupert. Viewing for family and friends will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Hansen Mortuary. Services will conclude with burial in the Rupert Cemetery under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.

Condolences for Barbara Robbins

From Barb Bodily:
I loved her great sense of humor. One time during garden season, I remember her telling the sisters in RS. You might want to keep your car doors locked...its "too many" zucchini's season. haha. She was a beautiful person. Loved and respected by all her sisters in the Ward. She will be missed.
From Nonnie Osterhout Johnston:
To all of Barbara and Leo's family. I have so many memories of your Mom. Knowing all of you has blessed my life for eternally. Love and prayers.
From Audrey Neiwerth:
I worked with Barbara at Idaho First National Bank. We were always good friends. It was good to see her again this past year. May God Bless Leo and their family.
From Zach and Kasey Durfee:
Carolyn, Kenna, and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. May this sweet angel always watch over you!
From Pat Gonder:
Laura, So sorry to hear of your loss. It is so hard to lose your mother or father but especially your mother. Try to remember all the teaching moments you had with her and the love she had for you.
From Shirley/ Bert Nixon:
Dear Leo and family.
It is with sadness that our good friend Barbara has passed from this mortal life to the world of spirits. She was an Angel lady and we loved the time s we were with her and Leo. Remembering the fun times snowmobiling and working together in the Rupert First Ward were memorable. Good friends and great neighbors--Barbara and Leo.
We just heard of Barbara's passing and regret we can't be at the funeral tomorrow. We are sorry that we live so far away, but our thoughts and a prayer will be sent heavenward tomorrow as you mourn and celebrate the life of a wonderful lady who was so diligent in social and church responsibilities. Our Love to you Shirley and Bert (Bishop) Nixon
From Vaughn Stephenson:
Memories of Barbara are an important part of my growing up in the Acequia 1st ward. I always enjoyed hearing her (generally on the first Sunday of every moth) Sincerest condolences to the family.
From Susan Carlin:
So sorry for your loss. She sounds like an incredible person
From Gary & Susy Harper:
We have only known Leo & Barbara for less than a year but have grown to love and appreciate them for there goodness and unselfish acts. Four days before her passing she sent me several pages of family history about my great-great grandfather Ezra Jacob Barnard, pictures of my great grandmother Kate Barnard Harper and her husband Lewis. Included in this picture was my 14 year old grandfather Thomas. She gave me a connection to more of my family and a connection to her and her family. Our hearts are turned to family which helps us understand our legacy and the grit that those pioneers had and that we too must develop such traits to stand for truth in these days. I knew nothing of the Barnard Family. Thank you so much, Barbara & Leo
From Dawna Bailey:
To my dear friend, Laura. May you have peace and comfort at this time. It is difficult to see family members go on in their journey, especially moms. We miss them and I hope you find joy in knowing you will see her again. I send my love.
From Joan Irigoyen:
I have known and enjoyed Barbara as a friend and great neighbor for many years. Thoughts and prayers of comfort to the family. From the Irigoyen Family.
From Tom and AndreavRich:
One of our favorite people to run into at the grocery store or while voting. We loved them as neighbors. Love to Leo. Go with God Barbara.
From Carol:
I met your mom in the hospital. Knew her just briefly. Sweet sweet woman. God bless you and your family. Sending love and prayers.
From Janet Cozakos:
So sorry to hear about your moms passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May her memory be eternal.
From Teresa Vargas:
My most heart-felt condolences to you and your family!
From Jodi Isaak Atkinson:
I feel so lucky to have known and been influenced by Barbara. I always loved to hear her laughter. She taught by example how to serve others, love people, and how to make a home. It seemed like she and Leo were always around in the most important and best times the Isaak family had. I believe that the best example of what a wonderful person she is are the children she raised. I will always be grateful to have known her. I hope your hearts find comfort in the love you shared for her.
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