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Barbara Bachmeyer Obituary
Barbara J. Bachmeyer Barbara Joan Bachmeyer, 80, former resident of Three Rivers, died peacefully on Thursday, November 1, 2012, in Visalia, following a long decline related to brain injury. Barbara was born in Vinita, Oklahoma on December 10, 1931 to Louis W. and Cora E. Roberts. She spent her childhood with her parents and three brothers on the family ranch in Daniel, Wyoming. After her father's death in 1945, Barbara boarded with families during long Wyoming winters in order to finish school, graduating from Jackson High School in 1949. During the last year of high school and until her subsequent marriage she was a foster daughter of William and Mildred Smith of Jackson, Wyoming. She worked as a telephone operator (Operator #2) for the local phone company after graduating from high school. Barbara and Kenneth D. Bachmeyer were married at the Church of the Transfiguration in Moose, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park. Ken was employed by the National Park Service and so started a life of adventure as the couple moved around the western United States working in various national parks and developing deep bonds with their National Park Service family, while creating a family of their own. In 1973, Ken and Barbara moved to Sequoia National Park. As she had in all the places she lived, Barbara made fast and lasting friendships. She began working at the local branch of Bank of America in 1976 and enjoyed her fourteen years as a teller, chatting with an ever expanding group of friends in the small community. After Ken and Barbara retired, they spent a number of blissful years traveling throughout the country and their beloved West, riding the "gravy train," as Barbara referred to their months-long sojourns with family and friends across the country. It had been Barbara's dream to travel and she was able to do plenty of it during these years. Barbara is survived by her husband, Kenneth D. Bachmeyer; daughter Joni Bachmeyer Jordan and her husband Larry Jordan, daughter Chris Bachmeyer Phillips and her husband Zachary Phillips and her son Kenneth D. (Buzz) Bachmeyer, Jr. ; grandchildren Andrew Bachmeyer, Amy Bachmeyer, Colin Reilly, Caitlin Reilly, Morgan Phillips, Brooke Phillips, Michael Jordan, Cynthia Shouse, Mark Jordan and David Jordan; and six great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Sid and Linda Roberts, brother and sister-in-law Steve and Tina Roberts; and many much loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Dick Roberts, and her foster parents William and Mildred Smith. The family would like to express its deep gratitude and love to the staff of TLC Assisted Living for their devoted care, expertise and professionalism during Barbara's final years. A family memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, November 10, in Badger, with subsequent internment at the Eshom Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Tulare County Foundation. Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Salser-Dillard Funeral Chapel in Visalia, California. Condolences may be e-mailed to info@salseranddillard.com

Published in Visalia Times-Delta on Nov. 8, 2012
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