Barbara E. Abrahamson passed away from heart failure at Whatcom Hospice House on August 16, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 3, 1922 in Buckeye, Arizona to Herman and Gladys Weber. Barb graduated from Buckeye Union High School in 1941. She then earned her Nursing Degree from Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ in 1945. After graduating, she joined the Army Air Corps in hopes of traveling the world. Her first assignment was to Walla Walla, WA and it was there that one her patients named Ernie caught her eye. After a brief courtship they were married on March 25, 1946. After moving to Whatcom County in 1946, Barb worked as a surgical nurse at the County Hospital, as an office nurse for Dr. C. Veirs in Ferndale and then for Dr. K. Jernberg in Bellingham. She retired from Intalco Aluminum as the plant nurse in 1978. She was well loved by her colleagues for her great sense of humor and contagious laugh. Along with their full-time jobs, Barb and her late husband Ernie raised peaches, cherries and Black Angus cattle on their farm in Ferndale. They spent many years between the farm and their property in Winthrop before selling the farm and moving to Winthrop, where the lived for 10 years. In the late 1990's they moved back to Whatcom County and built a home at Neptune Beach. Barb enjoyed traveling, fishing, snowmobiling, painting, doing laundry and family gatherings. She was always the life of the party sharing stories and jokes. Her sense of humor continued to the end. She is survived by her two daughters, Diana (Bill) Parker and Sherry (Jim) Leuenberger, both of Ferndale, WA, 3 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and many friends who thought of her as their "Grandma Barb". She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Ernie. At her request there will be no service. The family wishes to add a special thank you to the loving and supportive staff at Merrill Gardens and the Whatcom Hospice House.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 24, 2014