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Barbara R. Dower

Barbara Rose "Babs" (English) Dower, 77, died of metastatic melanoma Friday, Oct. 21, at her home in Great Falls.

Her memorial service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home, followed by burial in Highland Cemetery. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chapel of Chimes.

Barbara was born Sept. 20, 1934, in London, England. She was the youngest of four children born to Florence and William English. Barbara grew up in London during World War II, enduring long periods of separation from family during the evacuations of London. "Babs" forged a deep bond with her three sisters and young nephew Barry. Extended hospitalizations for a challenging skin condition at the Royal Hospital led to a fierce loyalty to the Royal Family, who provided the means for her care. These bonds to family and country would last throughout her life.

She became a Girl Guide, a member of the Royal Air Force (Women's Air Corps) and learned many skills which she applied in positions of employment such as transcription, dictation, accounting and office management. She also reigned as the RAF table-tennis champion!

Barbara married "Jack" Goudie in 1952 and had two sons, Mark and Brett. They divorced in 1962. Immigrating to the U.S. in 1966, Barbara married Richard Turnbull in 1967 and had a son, Richard in 1969. They divorced in 1983.

In 1984, she married Roy Dower of Butte, Mont. Together they built their dream home outside Great Falls, during which she became an accomplished carpenter. "She could drive those sixteen penny nails," Roy said of her.

They were devoted to each other the rest of her life. In 1985 she obtained U.S. citizenship, of which she was truly proud.

Barbara enjoyed reading mysteries, jigsaw puzzles, and hummingbirds, sharing an ice cream sundae with Roy on the banks of the wide Missouri, a bit of cheese and tomato sandwich, the occasional thimbleful of wine and certainly a nice cup of tea. She spent many hours playing music on her keyboard and singing the songs of Vera Lynn, Irish ballads, Elvis, Johnny Cash and many others. She loved visiting her children and grandchildren. She had many great friends and spent time with them quite often. Barbara and Roy spent many sunny winters in Arizona, which they enjoyed immensely.

In memory of our beloved sister, aunt and great-aunt Barbara. You will be greatly missed, even though for many years we have been separated by the great oceans.

With love from all her relatives in Huntingdon, Brampton, Leamington Spa and throughout England and Sydney, Australia.

Survivors include her husband; sisters Florence "Floss" Ames of Bishops Tachbrook, England, Eileen "Lee" Tatman of Brampton, England; children Brett (Cheryl) Goudie, Laurie (Terry) Woodard, Richard (Vicki) Turnbull and Jenny Hahn; grandchildren Micah, Kelby, Rhonnie, Morgan, Chasity, Aften, Austin "Aussie", Hayley, Erinn, James, Anna Rose and Charlie Anne; and great-grandchildren Wyatt and Taten. In addition, she is survived by nieces Linda and Maureen; and nephews Barry, Bill and Roy.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; sister Doreen; nephews Steven and John; son Mark; and daughter Lisa.

Donations in her memory may be made to the John Wayne Cancer Institute at jwci.org.

Condolences may be posted online at www.chapelofchimesfunerals.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Funeral Home

Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home
1219 - 13th Street South Great Falls, MT 59405
(406) 452-3131

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 25, 2011
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