Barbara (Winn) Roberts (1916 - 2011)

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Alaskan Pioneer

Died peacefully September 22 in Spokane, Wa. at the age of 95. Barbara was born in Juneau, Territory of Alaska in 1916.

Throughout life, Barbara proudly maintained her Alaskan heritage. As a schoolgirl, she and her brother Bill Winn netted spawning salmon near their Auk Bay cabin and sold them to a fox rancher. After graduating from Juneau High in 1938, she married a fellow UW Husky and mining engineer, Bill Roberts. A series of moves took them to Nicaragua, Colorado, and Idaho. In 1950, they made Spokane their final home. Following her husband's death in 1966, Barbara went back to school, earned an MA and began a 25 year high school teaching career. The Juneau-Douglas City museum archive includes this online biography:

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Bill Winn of Juneau and Susie Winn Hermann of LaCanda, California. She is survived by her children William J. Roberts (Nancy) Coronado, CA, Betsy Swanson (Tom) of Seattle, Jean Roberts Victoria, BC, Bruce Roberts (Debbie) Los Gatos, CA and Kitty Kennedy (Bruce) Spokane, WA, twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Barbara's name to Parkview Services, an Agency that serves the Developmentally Disabled. 17544 Midvale Avenue North, Suite Lower Level, Shoreline, WA 98133. Barbara's Granddaughter, Emilee Swanson lives in one of their Adult Family Homes. A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane on October 22 at 2:00 PM.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Oct. 17 to Oct. 24, 2011
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