Barbara Jean Burgham (1938 - 2014)

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Barbara Jean Burgham
4/2/1938 - 1/2/2014

Barbara died peacefully at home with her two sons at her side on January 2, 2014. She lived a full and healthy life before she began her battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Even after her diagnosis she faced the disease head-on and continued to live her life with amazing dignity and grace. She remained upbeat and cheerful, and always thought of others before herself. Her positive spirit will remain an inspiration to those who had the fortune of knowing her.
Barbara was born April 2, 1938 in Youngstown, Ohio. She moved to Santa Clara, Calif., in 1979 and started working as an executive secretary at Intel in 1980.
She transferred to Intel's facility in Folsom in 1992 and worked there until she retired in 2001. She was known at Intel for her organization, diligence, and for her positive attitude which spread to those with whom she worked.
Barbara cared lovingly for her family and worked tirelessly as a single mother; and after remarrying she cared for her three children, and took in step-family and extended family as her own. When her husband John became ill she took great care of him with amazing energy and spirit until his passing in 2007. Likewise, she cared for friends whenever they need arose. As her ALS progressed, the care Barbara took of others was reciprocated. She was extremely fortunate to have many friends and family members to care for her, as well as receiving excellent care from hospice. Her friend Cathy French deserves special mention for the unending and incredible support and care she gave Barbara and her family throughout her illness and especially in the last years of Barbara's life.
Barbara will be remembered for her welcoming and loving nature. Her heart and home were always open to all. She lovingly prepared hearty meals for people any opportunity she had, and her family especially looked forward to her holiday celebrations. But Barbara's specialty was her award-winning pies. These were the highlights of many meals. She even shared them with family members who were not able to join her at home by packing them in dry-ice and sending them to people out of town so they arrived fresh and ready to enjoy.
Barbara cherished her friendships and enjoyed any chance to get together with friends. Whether it was playing card games after her weekly exercise class at the senior center or playing board games with her monthly "Canasta Group", she loved to play games. Even after she became too weak to attend her game groups she continued to keep in touch with friends by playing games on-line and remained a scrabble force with which to be reckoned.
Barbara also enjoyed traveling and had several special trips with her husband John before he became ill. They especially enjoyed trips to Hawaii and to Vancouver Island where she raved about the Butchart Gardens. They also had wonderful visits with John's children and grandchildren in Michigan, Virginia, and even Alberta, Canada. After John passed away, Barbara considered herself fortunate to have many opportunities to travel with her close friend, Cathy. Highlights of their trips included attending the Calgary Stampede, seeing the New England Fall Colors, and visiting Branson, Missouri. She and Cathy also had many fun adventures geocaching locally and out of town. Barbara also enjoyed several trips with her son Dale and his family including two trips to Hawaii. Her final trip was a trip to Disneyland with Dale and his family two weeks after her diagnosis of ALS, which fulfilled a lifelong wish to visit the Magic Kingdom.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, John Hatton, who died in November, 2007. She is survived by her children: Pam Mosher (Joe), Karl Burgham, and Dale Burgham (Jenny); twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A service will be held at Journey Church in Folsom on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Sacramento Chapter of the ALS Association.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 8, 2014