Barbara Jean was born the third child of four to Floyd and Ruth Parkin in Bountiful, Utah. She had two older brothers, Floyd “Bud” and Wayne, her heroes, and a younger sister Colleen whom she dearly loved and worked alongside on the family farm. She was a devoted daughter who lovingly cared for her parents, she was her dad’s little shadow, following him wherever he went. She was the apple of his eye. She doted on her mother, often taking her on trips to Wendover and Bear Lake as well as weekly trips around town.
She attended and graduated from Davis High School where she established and enjoyed lifelong friendships. She began dating her future husband, Lewis, in Davis County. They courted and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 2, 1951. They soon started their family in 1952, becoming parents to 4 lovely daughters. Life was not without its challenges but her children always knew she loved them unconditionally. Barbara and Lewis adopted their granddaughter and lovingly nurtured their grandson throughout their lives. She opened her heart to others and made everyone feel loved and special.
Lewis started his own business and Barbara stood beside him and supported him every step of the way. She made sure he had a lunch packed every day and a hot meal each evening regardless of when his day ended. In fact, she was known for her delicious cooking, especially her pies, rolls, preserves and Thanksgiving feasts. She would gather her family at her home on Sundays for dinner and family time. She taught others by example. She personified unconditional love. She taught us how to advocate for ourselves and others.
Barbara was a volunteer for Lakeview Hospital for 30 years where she made cherished friends and served her community.
Barbara and Lewis purchased property in Bear Lake, Utah, and began, with the help of their children and many friends, to build their dream cabin. Countless happy hours were spent working and playing. The memories of those days are among the most treasured for her children, but especially the grandchildren who were the absolute joy of her days there.
She will be deeply missed by all those who loved and were loved and nurtured by her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers and daughter Linda. She is survived by Daughters: Karen (Ted) Biehn, Bountiful; Jill (Marc) Riley of Chubbuck, Idaho; Kristi (Ron) Schmidt, Centerville; Granddaughter Mindy (Dan) Corral, Boise, Idaho; and Grandson Aaron Hansen, Bountiful. She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2022, at the Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West, Bountiful, Utah. An evening visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Russon Mortuary, 295 N. Main Street, Bountiful, with a Friday morning viewing held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the mortuary prior to services.