Barbara Jean Woldstad Heim (1929 - 2014)

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Barbara Woldstad Heim, age 85, of North Pole, Alaska passed away peacefully with family and friends on December 3, 2014.
Barbara was born September 26, 1929 in Seattle, Washington to Flint and Grace Hamrick. She was preceded by her husband Fred M. Woldstad and three brothers; Donald, Gilbert and Jerald Hamrick.
Barbara first came to Alaska in 1959 with her husband, Fred, to Juneau where he worked for the Fish & Wildlife Protection Division. Barbara lived in Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage and North Pole during her years in Alaska. Before returning to Alaska for the last time, she lived in Washington, Texas, Nevada, Arizona and California. Barbara was actively involved with the League of Women Voters in Alaska, holding a position for many years on the State Board. She was also a founding member of the Sweet Adeline Chapters in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau. In later years, she was active in Moose Lodge Ladies, and the VFW. Barbara was especially proud of her appointment to the Board of Child Advocacy under Governor Jay Hammond. Barbara worked as a bookkeeper and secretary with several private companies such as the old Carrs Grocery on Cushman Street and Fairbanks Sand and Gravel along with the City and Borough of Juneau Planning Department and the Anchorage Municipal Light and Power.
In later years, Barbara became a rock hound and loved to look for fossils around Arizona and Nevada with her second husband, Bob Heim. Barbara also made rock and beaded jewelry which she and her daughter Jennifer would sell at malls and bazaars.
Barbara was a caring and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. There were no strangers to Barbara, only friends she hadn't met. Barbara's family would especially like to thank the staff and residents of Eagles Wings II and the nurses and volunteers from Hospice of the Tanana Valley who helped to make her final days bright and cheerful.
Barbara is survived by her daughters Chris and husband Mel Personett of Juneau, Jennifer and husband Glen Wood of Yuba City, California; her son Ken and wife Bonne' Woldstad of North Pole, eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
Barbara's family will hold a family memorial in June of 2015, where she will be laid next to her first husband Fred, near Homer, Alaska. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice or a child advocacy organization.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 21 to Feb. 20, 2015