Barbara Elizabeth Hawkins, 58, of Lake Stevens, Washington, entered the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 27, 2014 after a 20-year courageous battle against breast cancer. Barb was born to Raymond and Lorraine Skelton on November 20, 1955 in Everett, Washington. Barb is survived by her best friend, love of her life, and her husband of 32 years, James, her daughter Sarah Lien and husband Kirk, and her daughter, Bethany Hawkins. She also leaves behind her four grandchildren: Elizabeth, Roman, Annika, and Audrey. Other survivors include her mother, Lorraine, sister Bonnie; her Minnesota family, Joseph and Susan Bowers; her best friends, Elona Loewen and Sherri Pribble-Jones, and many other dear family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond and her sister, Shirley. Barb graduated from the University of Washington in 1980 as a Registered Nurse. Her caring heart and her love of learning made her 34 years as a nurse exciting. She touched many lives at Providence Hospital and at the Everett Clinic. There was no greater joy for Barb than making memories with her family, which included: playing with her grandchildren, cooking with her daughters, and taking walks with her husband as well as the many vacations to Pacific Beach and Maui. She was loved by her many friends and co-workers and hosted parties often. She enjoyed adventures and traveled to England, Jamaica, Russia, Ireland, Belize, and many other locations. Barb inspired others by walking in the Komen 3-day, a 60 mile walk, for herself as a survivor and for her daughter. Barb was a born-again Christian and gave her life to Christ at five years old while at Bethel Baptist and had the opportunity to sing in the Billy Graham Choir. She spent 20 years at Pilchuck Valley Chapel serving in the Sunday school and in youth group. She attended Calvary Chapel Lake Stevens for the last 14 years and was loved greatly by her church family. Barb will always be remembered for her inspiration to live life to the fullest and to never miss the opportunity to make a memory. Everyone will miss her sense of humor and her laugh. We are heartbroken for having to say goodbye but we are joyful she is now with the Lord. The cancer may have taken our Barb's life but what it can never take away is her profound story of perseverance, courage and faith. A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 1 p.m., Calvary Chapel Lake Stevens. 9428 4th St SE Lake Stevens 98258 Please visit her online memorial at legacy.com
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 15, 2014