Barbara Pelham(1933 - 2013)

Barbara Pelham March 17, 1933 - January 25, 2013 Barbara Pelham passed away on Friday evening, January 25, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. Barbara was born on the family ranch in Carter County, Oklahoma. The family came to California in late 1937 and in those first days stayed with friends in a tent camp along the Kern River while her father looked for work. Barbara recalled watching gypsies dance in the riverbed at night. A fearsome eldest sister, her siblings remember well the times she went to bat for them and her generosity toward them even as a very young person. A proud Driller majorette, Barbara went on to travel the world as the young wife of an army officer. Along the way came five sons, 19 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, with the fourth on the way. Daughter Wendy Lynn died as an infant from a condition that today is routinely corrected. Barbara cherished her family and friends, each one considered a treasure. An enthusiastic traveler, shopper and collector, most of her travel stories were centered on a key purchase of some sort! She prided herself on her outstanding diction and penmanship and maintained a steady correspondence with friends and family throughout her life. Her culinary signatures, such as "Chicken Country Captain" and her holiday fruitcake, could be counted on to raise an eyebrow. Barbara weathered life's transitions, from her comfortable home in the hills above Portland to a cozy mobile home park in Tigard where she became a staunch friend and advocate for her fellow residents. She is preceded in death by parents Richard and Lula Mae Kerley, husband Wendall Pelham and daughter Wendy Lynn. She is survived by her siblings Dana, Patricia and Richard, her five sons and their families, Richard (Patty), Wendall (Dawn), John (Lisa), Todd (Sherry) and Marc (Sherri), and numerous nieces and nephews and their families who referred to her affectionately as "Aunt Bobbye." We will miss her beautiful smile, big hugs and warm heart Services were held in Oregon on January 31st. -Through it all, love remains.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 17, 2013