Barbara Ann “Barb” Twidwell, a lifelong Grays Harbor resident, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was 67. Barb was born Oct. 11, 1946, in Aberdeen to Ralph and Ethel (Bramstedt) Blaine. Barb grew up in Cosmopolis until the 7th grade when the family moved to Montesano.
After graduating high school, she went on to study for two years at Grays Harbor Junior College. Barb married Jeffrey Twidwell on Nov. 12, 1966, in Montesano. He survives her in the family home. Barb was a bank service manager with 22-years in banking, finishing her career at what was eventually, Sterling Bank. Barb enjoyed exercise and fitness, kayaking, flowers, travels to Hawaii, European cruises, Ireland and France. In addition to her husband, Jeff, Barb is survived by three daughters; Cheryl Twidwell, Everett, Wash., Connie Molina, Kihei, Hawaii, and Lisa Twidwell, Seattle, Wash. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Bella Molina, brothers; John Blaine, Gig Harbor, Wash., and David Blaine, Palmdale, Calif., and sisters; Christine Newcomb, Montesano, Wash., and Margaret Blaine, Miami, Fla. Barb is preceded in death by her parents.
Barb was known for her constant pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. She loved to be very active in any way she could including a new love of stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, walking and running which led her to enter her 1st 5k run event in her 60s.
Family was at the center of everything Barb did. She communicated daily with her daughter Cheryl to share all the fun things she was excited to do or had done each day. She loved visiting her daughter Connie and granddaughter Bella in Hawaii as often as four times a year or as often as she could get away with. Barb and her daughter Lisa shared a love of fitness, fashion and home design that made for lively conversations. Lisa and Barb laughed over Barb’s inability to make a decision about just about everything.
Barb and her husband Jeff retired together and spent those retirement years exploring their common interests such as taking long motorcycle rides, hiking, and taking cruises to both Alaska and Europe. They also chose to enjoy some of Barb’s favorite pursuits like spending time at their lake cabin, enjoying time with her kids and extended family and enjoying the flowers and yard at their home. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Montesano Volunteer Fire Department. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Whiteside in Elma. A celebration of Barb’s life will begin at noon on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the United Methodist Church of Montesano.
Please visit and sign the online tribute to Barb@ www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.