Barbara Edith Bretches (April 22, 1922 - March 17, 2014)

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Barbara Edith Bretches, 91, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014.

She was born to Guy and Helen Isbell MacNamarra on April 22, 1922, in the family homestead on the Upper Elwha, outside of Port Angeles.

She spent most of her life on or near the homestead, attending a one-room schoolhouse in Upper Elwha, Dry Creek School and later Roosevelt High School.

After graduating from high school, Barbara took the Seattle ferry to visit family, and on the way home, she met George Bretches, who was in the Army at that time. He followed her home to meet the parents, and they were married on December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed.

Barbara and George were married for 64 years before George passed in 2006.

Together, they settled in the Upper Elwha Valley, and it was there that they raised their three children, Alice, Guy and Patty.

Much of Barbara's life revolved around the children, the garden and the animals they raised for food, as she canned and cooked over a wood stove for most of those years.

In her spare time, she loved to do needlework, paint by number, drawing and reading. She and her sister, Phrania, were the best of friends, and together, their laughter was infectious.

Barbara loved to dance, and she and George spent many Saturday evenings dancing with lifelong friends at the Upper Elwha Community Clubhouse and the Eagles Club in Port Angeles.

After the children were raised, Barbara became a dishwasher at Haguewood's Restaurant.

Barbara was a quiet woman; however, when engaged in conversation one-on-one, she became animated and had much wisdom and knowledge to share.

Barbara is survived by their three children and their spouses, Alice and Carl Alexander, Guy and Colleen Bretches, and Patty and Eddy Edwards. She also is survived by over 30 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She loved her children and grandchildren deeply, and she will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at the Elwha Community Club sometime in July. There will be an announcement in the paper with the date and time.

Instead of flowers, the family has requested that memorial gifts be sent to the Elwha Community Club, care of Treena Treese, 596 Herrick Road, Port Angeles, WA 98363.

If you want to sign the guestbook, go to Drennan-Ford Funeral Home's website,
Funeral Home
Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory - Port Angeles
260 Monroe Rd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 457-1210
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 23, 2014
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