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Barbara (Walker) Neiwirth


1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Barbara (Walker) Neiwirth Obituary
On June 23, 1927, Oral Holmes Walker and Beatrice Mortensen Walker welcomed the birth of a baby girl in Lewisville, Idaho. They christened her Barbara Walker. On Sunday, March 5, 2017, Barbara passed away at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, at the age of 89.
In 1936, the Walker's moved to Rigby, Idaho. Barbara attended school in Rigby and graduated from Rigby High School in 1945. Throughout her youth her ambitious nature kept her busy with many odd jobs to earn spending money. Those jobs included helping her father at the Shell Gas Station, picking potatoes by hand during potato harvest, and working at the movie theater. Barbara was gifted at making friends and shared many lifelong friendships. After graduation, Barbara worked for Mountain Bell as a telephone operator. It was a job she truly enjoyed and excelled at. She was gifted at remembering people's phone numbers.
In 1949, the year of the big storm, as she referred to it, she married Herbert Neiwirth at her parent's home in Rigby, Idaho. In the fall of 1949, Barbara and Herb traveled to Glasgow, Montana, to help her parents with beet harvest as her father had developed cancer. Barbara lost her father January 7, 1950. Barbara and Herb's first home was a small, rustic cabin in Burton, Idaho. In addition to "fetching" and "heating" water, Barbara helped with the family farming operation in Rexburg as well as the spring lambing duties in Roberts, Idaho.
Herb and Barb were blessed with three wonderful children. Their family started when their son Randy was born in 1950.  Eighteen months later, in 1952, Sharlyn was born. In 1956, their family was complete with the birth of their youngest daughter, Sandy. In 1956, they moved to Rigby, Idaho, where Herb took a job with Sears and gave up farming. After two years, Herb left Sears and pursued farming opportunities as new farming areas were being developed. During their farming years they lived in several different areas in Eastern Idaho: Oakley, two different places in Malta, Minidoka, and Raft River. Randy, Sharlyn, and Sandy have many fun memories of the different places they lived. Eventually, Herb quit farming on his own and went to work for Kracaw Farms. He and Barbara moved to Fort Hall, and then to Winnemucca, Nevada. 
Barb and Herb retired to Idaho Falls, where they kept busy fishing. She even had one of her catches mounted in their living room for all to see the 'big catch.' Barbara enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed fall hunting outings, was an avid fisherwoman, and a dedicated gardener. Until she lost her eyesight, she was a "champion" at crossword puzzles and a "vicious" pinochle player. She loved to read and was an amazing cook.  She may have lost her vision, but she never lost her wittiness. 
Barbara is survived by her brother, Eldon H. (Dorothy) Walker, three sisters, Enid Palmer Storer, Lennis Dabell, and Marsha (Blaine) Smith; three children, Randy (Nanette Duncan) Neiwirth, Sharlyn (Brent) Knight, and Sandy Neiwirth; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Herb, on April 27, 2006, as well as her parents and three sisters, Zelta Hendricks, Betty Lewis and Sharon Jones.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 North Ridge. The family will greet friends from 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday at Wood Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 11, 2017
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