Barbara Lucille Cole, age 91, a resident of Illahee, died on April 21, 2012, at Pacific Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hoquiam. Barbara was born on April 1, 1921, in Medford, Oregon to Lee Vance and Bessie Lucille (Martin) Bostwick. The family moved to Aberdeen and Barbara graduated from J.M. Weatherwax High School in 1939.
In 1941, she and Malvin McClary were married. The couple divorced after 17 years of marriage. She later married Del Cole. They, too, were divorced. A few years later, she and Malvin were reunited.
Barbara worked for many years at Payless on Myrtle Street. She was a talented decorator and reupholstered furniture. She painted and wallpapered many local homes. She loved to knit, crochet and sew. She enjoyed gardening and mushroom picking. She was an avid clam digger and had been featured in the Seattle Times showing her commercial clam-digging skills. In her later years she enjoyed her pets while watching the birds and squirrels outside her window.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane Cuaron of Poulsbo and Janis Howard of Aberdeen; two sons, Steve McClary and David Cole, both of Aberdeen; a brother, Gary Bostwick of Elma; two sisters, Lois Pearson of Aberdeen and Delores Kirkwood of Montesano; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Elma Masonic Cemetery with Pastor Steve Purdue officiating. A reception will follow at the 40 & 8 Club, 2313 Simpson Ave., Aberdeen.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.