Barbara Jean (Hawkins) Klingele

Keith & Keith Funeral Home

Barbara Jean (Hawkins) Klingele, formerly of Wapato, Washington, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017, at Cottage in the Meadow.

Barbara was born October 31, 1940, in Yakima, Washington, to Lawson H. Hawkins and Leona B. (Clifford) Hawkins. She grew up in Yakima with her 3 sisters: Loretta, Shirley, and Nina. When Barbara was 5, she broke her lower back and was in Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle for six months. She had to wear a steel back brace for a year, but thankfully all went well with her recovery.

Barbara attended school at Barge-Lincoln, Washington, and Yakima High School.

When Barbara was in her young pre-teen years, she attended a neighborhood bible study. She enjoyed that, and felt it helped her in her faith all during her life.

In 1954, Barbara met Marvin Klingele, whose uncle lived close to her family. On September 12, 1956, Marvin and Barbara were married. They were married for 58 years before Marvin’s death in 2015. Together Barbara and Marvin raised a family of five children: Debbie, Bill, Chris, Shawn, and Tyler.

The family moved from their home on Cornell Avenue to the Wapato area in 1974. Barbara was a hard worker and helped Marvin fulfill his dream to farm. As they were building their house, she even helped with the roofing – although she drew the line at roofing in the dark with lights aimed at the roof! They grew apricots, pears and apples in their orchards, with Barbara picking fruit, running crews of pickers (often kids and cousins), and doing the bookkeeping. Barbara also spent many years working in the cannery at Del Monte.

Barbara had many talents. One of those was that of being a great cook. On a moment’s notice she could whip up a pot of soup or make a sandwich out of most anything. She made many tasty sandwiches for Marvin’s lunchbox over the years and also for her children and their friends. Barbara was well known for cooking too much food for get-togethers, but everyone loved her cooking! She enjoyed the holidays when her home overflowed with family. She was also a wonderful artist and her grandkids loved spending time drawing pictures with her. When a grandchild’s drawing was “ruined” because of an unintended mark, Barbara would look at it and come up with a way to disguise the flaw and make a beautiful picture out of it.

Barbara loved her children. She helped Bill and Debbie attend Boy Scout and Campfire meetings and do projects. She taught Debbie to sew and enjoyed decorating the house with her. Chris and Shawn were also taught how to use a sewing machine in order to recover car and boat seats. And, of course, she taught them to cook!

In August of 1989, Barbara and her son, Tyler, went to England to visit her daughter, Debbie, and her family. They stayed for a few months, living in a village in Northampton. She enjoyed visiting London, Yorkshire, and many other sites while there. During the time that Debbie was overseas, she and Barbara would write many letters to each other.

Barbara and Marvin moved from their home to Highgate Senior Living in 2013 so that Marvin could receive care for Alzheimer’s. Barb enjoyed participating in the various activities provided there. Shortly after moving to Highgate, she drew a picture that was used as their Christmas card that year.

Barbara is survived by her children: Debbie (Marvin) Stamper of Yakima, Chris (Ann) Klingele of Wapato, Shawn (Jackie) Klingele of Wapato; her grandchildren: Megan (Mike) Swenson, Ben (Summer) Stamper, Nick (Nora) Stamper, Amanda (Richard) Parker, Chere (Jose Meza) Klingele, Beth Klingele, Jared Klingele, Katie Klingele, Justin Klingele, and Caitlin Klingele; and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her 2 sisters: Shirley (Norm) England of Yakima, and Nina (Dean) Gottschalk of Selah, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sons Bill and Tyler; her parents, Lawson and Leona Hawkins; and her sister and brother-in-law Loretta (Richard) Underwood; and nephews Roger Underwood and Robert Underwood.

The family would like to thank the staff at Cottage in the Meadow for the extraordinary care they showed Barbara and her family during the brief time she was there. Thank you also to the staff at Highgate who made her time there enjoyable, especially Angie and Mike.

There will be a visitation at 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017 at Keith and Keith Funeral Home with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Keith and Keith Funeral Home followed by a Graveside Service at 11:00 a.m. at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. A reception will follow the services.

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