Barbara Desa Cammack Anderson, 81, of St. George, Utah and formerly of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at her home in St. George.
She was born Nov. 15, 1931 in Sterling at the home of her parents, Rulon Francis and Desa Jane Theobald Cammack. She was a premature twin, weighing slightly less than two pounds. Her twin brother, Rulon, passed away shortly after birth, but with her parents' devoted care, Barbara survived and grew into a delightful little girl.
Barbara was raised on the farm in a loving family of brothers and counted herself blessed to continue their close association over the years. She helped out in many ways- herding cows, picking potatoes and thinning and topping beets. She had fond memories of family outings to the Lost River country that her father loved so much and attending family reunions and visiting her grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.
She attended Pingree Elementary School for eight years and Thomas High School for three years, and then graduated from the newly consolidated Snake River High in 1949. She loved school and competed in spelling bees and math competitions, played basketball and enjoyed ice skating on the school pond. She took piano lessons, sang in the choir, attended dances and participated in the high school plays. She attended Ricks College for two years, obtaining a teaching certificate and later continued her education at BYU and ISU, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Studies and English.
She first met the love of her life, Homer, at a party and enjoyed dates and dances with him in the following months. Their courtship was interrupted several times for Homer's missionary and military service, but they were married on June 3, 1954 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. She often said that her choice of a husband was the best decision she ever made and she was so grateful for his devotion to her. They built a wonderful life together and were blessed with a son and three daughters.
Barbara began her career teaching sixth grade and junior high music in Shelley. Later she transferred to Pingree and Riverside elementary schools. After taking some time off to start their family and be at home with her young children, she returned to the classroom and taught for another 20 years at Rockford Elementary School. During the following seven years, she was given the task of developing and implementing the Chapter One and Migrant federal programs first at the junior high school and then throughout the entire district.
She was an active and devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in various callings, including pianist, YW president, stake Sunday school board member, and various teaching positions.
Barbara was blessed with many friends throughout her life and enjoyed bike rides, square dancing, camping and playing cards with them. She was an excellent cook and her children especially remember her fabulous Sunday dinners of roast beef, potatoes and gravy, homemade rolls and chocolate cake. She had a great appreciation for this beautiful world we live in and enjoyed picnics and scenic drives, visiting the national parks, and camping at Redfish Lake with her family. She was a hard worker and taught her children to make bread, weed gardens, snap beans, can peaches, dip chocolates and sew a straight seam. She was a loving wife and mother, the epitome of kindness and full of empathy and compassion for others. Her greatest joy was her family and spending time with Homer, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was so proud of each one and loved them with all her heart. She was a shining light in their lives and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Rulon Jr., Stanley and Elwin.
She is survived by her husband, Homer of St. George, Utah; children, Cynthia (Lynn) Cheney of Vancouver, Wash.; Dean (Marianne) Anderson of Seattle, Wash.; Deanne (Jeffrey) Carlson of Portland, Ore.; Pauline (Bruce) Burnham of Sacamento, Calif.; brothers, Edwin (Dixie) Cammack of St. George, Utah; Grant ( Janet) Cammack of St. George, Utah; Ray (Chris) Cammack of Idaho Falls and sister-in-law, Jessie Claire of St. George, Utah; 19 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.
The family will meet with friends and family from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at the Manzanita LDS meetinghouse, 3519 Manzanita Road in St. George, Utah.
A funeral service will be held in Idaho at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at the Pingree, LDS Church, 1533 W. Highway 39.
The family will meet with family and friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at the Hawker Funeral Home,132 S. Shilling Avenue, Blackfoot and for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org