Be the first to share your favorite memory, photo or story of
This memorial page is dedicated for family, friends and future generations to celebrate
the life of their loved one.
We ask on behalf of the family that you keep your comments uplifting and appropriate
to help all who come here to find comfort and healing.
Obituary for Barbara C. Stover
Barbara C. Stover June 4, 1932 – Sept. 12, 2016
Longtime Gold Beach resident, Barbara C. Stover, passed away peacefully at her home in Gold Beach with her family by her side. She was 84.
Barbara was born June 4, 1932 in Springfield, Ohio, one of two children to Emmett and Miriam (Cheeney) Bodenberg. She grew up there attending Wittenberg College. Following graduation, Barbara began what would be a more than 30 year career in education. She worked first in Alaska and then in Washington where, in 1957, she met a young Forest Service man: Arthur E. “Smoky” Stover. The two fell in love and were married in Seattle, Wash. on August 22, 1958. They would live in North Bend, Skykomish and Randall, WA before moving to Gold Beach in 1968. Barbara taught cooperative kindergarten but spent her summers earning a Master’s Degree in Education Media with an emphasis in Talented and Gifted programs. She established an enrichment program for the primary school children of Gold Beach and worked as the librarian and also previously served on the school board. Beyond her career, Barbara was very active in the community including serving as President of Community Concerts and the American Lutheran Church Women, Vice President of the Gold Beach Teacher Education Association, Chairwoman of the Gold Beach Parent Teachers Association and served with the American Association of University Women. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church where she exhibited great spiritual integrity and served as the Sunday School Superintendent and as a teacher. Barbara was also involved with many committees and activities which included Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Curry General Hospital Auxiliary, 4H, blood drives, the League of Women Voters and the Soroptomist Club where she was the club’s first recipient of the Woman of Distinction award.
Barbara was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Kati and Pat Wyatt of North Bend, Ore.; granddaughter and her husband, Randi and Brad Huntley of Coquille, Ore.; great grandson, Greysyn Huntley; brother and sister-in-law, David and Maryann Bodenberg of Victoria, B.C., Canada, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a son, Chris Stover.
Memorial contributions may be made to Coastal Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 493, Gold Beach, OR 97444, Port Orford Friends of Feral Cats, P.O. Box 965, Port Orford, OR 97465 or to a charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 94190 5th St. in Gold Beach.
Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.