Barbara Margaret Maureen Gosling White (age 91) was born January 26, 1931, in Skegness, England. She was the daughter of Benjamin Hewson Gosling and Ella Winifred Steadman and was the second oldest of four children with an older sister, June, and two younger brothers, Denis and Michael. She attended the McCauley Street School and the Armstrong Girls School with her formal schooling interrupted due to the onset of World War II.
The war had a lifelong impact on Barbara. She was eight years old when the war broke out. Living close to a major seaport in England, many of the dangers of the war were experienced in her hometown of Grimsby. Her family witnessed nightly bombings for six years, from 1938 to 1945.
Following the war, Barbara and her family emigrated to Toronto, Canada, and then later to Festus, Missouri. It was while living in Festus that Barbara met and later married Joseph Dewey White of Port Arthur, Texas. Barbara and Dewey (as he was called by family) were blessed with four wonderful children. She loved children, especially babies, and devoted her full attention to raising her children to become responsible and caring adults. They were her life and where she centered all her love. Even her work outside her home reflected her desire to be available for her children when they came home from school each day. Her final job also reflected her love for children as it was spent caring for infants at KinderCare in Bountiful. She also cared for her aging widowed mother for twelve years.
During her married life she lived in Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Northern California, Southern California, and ultimately settled in Bountiful, Utah. In addition to raising her family, she had an insatiable appetite for reading, as well as a love for family history research, camping, and going on motorcycle rides with her husband.
Barbara suffered throughout her later life with many medical ailments requiring surgery and other medical attention, including treatment for COVID in 2020 at nearly 90 years of age. In spite of all these setbacks, she overcame each of them, and did so, without complaint. Even during her last seven months of life, when she was completely bedridden, she never complained. She and her family are grateful for the many doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who helped her through these challenges. Special thanks also go to her caregiver and beloved friend, Guadalupe Zuniga.
Barbara lost her husband at the age of 50 and had been a widow for 40 years upon her death. She is survived by her 4 children: David (Nickie), Craig (Kari), Cindy Monsen, and Alicia LeHew. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband (Dewey), her parents (Benjamin and Ella), her sister (June), and a great granddaughter (Mae Harris).
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 24, 2022, at Russon Mortuary, 295 N. Main Street, Bountiful, Utah. A viewing will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the mortuary prior to services. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery, 1640 E. Lakeview Drive, Bountiful, Utah.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.
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