Barbara K. Meyer Barbara, 95, passed away January 2, 2014 at her home in Olympia, Washington. She was born February 22, 1918 in Joseph, Oregon, to Clarence Henry and Antonia (Landt) Kerbaugh. Not long after her birth, Barbara and her family moved to Tenino, Washington, where her father operated the Citizen's Bank of Tenino. The building in which the bank was located still stands at the corner of East Sussex Ave. (Old Highway 99 SE) and South Olympia Street. After the bank closed in 1931 during the Great Depression, Barbara and her family relocated to Johnson Point near Olympia. Barbara graduated from Olympia High School in 1936. Barbara studied at Washington State College in Pullman, Washington, for two years. She then returned to Olympia and went to work for the Office of Budget, Business and Finance for the State of Washington. On September 6, 1943, Barbara married Ernest L. "Bud" Meyer Jr. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Olympia. For years, Ernest, a University of Washington graduate and avid Husky football fan, urged Barbara to root for the Huskies in the annual Apple Cup football game. She never did. Barbara and her husband raised a family of nine boys. No birthday, no New Year's Day, no Easter Sunday, no July 4th, no Thanksgiving Day, no Christmas and, really, no day at all would pass without Barbara preparing and overseeing a celebration most fitting for whatever the occasion or whatever the day. Barbara was an accomplished organist and pianist. While raising her large family, she found time to take advanced private organ lessons and attend classes at St. Martin's College. While attending class at the college, she would often have her well-behaved youngest son sit on the floor at her feet. During her lifetime, Barbara served as church organist at St. Michael, Sacred Heart, and St. Edward Catholic Churches. Barbara is survived by sons, John of Redmond, Oregon; Tom, Paul, James, Martin and Sam of Olympia; Edward of Montgomery, Alabama; Charles of Soap Lake, Washington; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Ernest (2001); son, Stephen (2002); sisters, Mary Kaiser (1989) and Anne Macrae (2009). A funeral mass will be held at 12 noon, Friday, January 10, 2014 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Olympia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in memory of Barbara, to Providence St. Peter Foundation at http://washington.providence.org/donate/st-peter-foundation/. Please leave memories at: www.FuneralAlternatives.org
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Published in The Olympian on Jan. 7, 2014