Barbara Nesbett Sjoden (1945 - 2017)

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Barbara Nesbett Sjoden, 71, died peacefully on Oct. 4, 2017, in Santa Margarita, Calif. She was born on Dec. 9, 1945, in Kendal, England, to Buell Nesbett, an American naval commander, and Enid Allen, an English nurse.
At age four, Barbara crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary with her mother. They settled in Anchorage, Alaska, where her father had a job practicing law, eventually becoming the first Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court.
Barbara grew up in downtown Anchorage. Some of her favorite memories were of time spent at the family cabin on Nancy Lake. She attended West Anchorage High School and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in anthropology. She worked as a legal secretary; owned an antique store while in Fairbanks, Alaska; lived in Ketchikan, Alaska, for several years; and in 1979, began what she considered her most important venture: raising her two children. She instilled in them the value of an education, an appreciation for history and a sense of justice.
In 1995, Barbara started a successful bed and breakfast - Inlet B & B - which she ran until 2009, catering to Mountain Trip climbers during the Denali climbing season. She took great pleasure in seeing climbing gear spread across the yard for gear checks and in hearing climbers' stories upon their return.
Barbara loved meeting people from all over the world and enjoyed sharing her appreciation of Alaska's history and natural beauty.
Barbara is survived by her children, Danielle (Philip) and Eric (Sharon); grandchildren, Lila and Olen; brothers, Raymond Nesbett (Jerene) and Walter Nesbett (Carol); sisters, Marianne Wieland (Try), Linda Mortensen (Dan) and Elizabeth Lake (Chris); and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial will be planned for a later date.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2017