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Barbara Wilding Obituary
Barbara Wilding, 80, of Blackfoot, passed away peacefully, Friday March 3, 2017 at The Gables Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Barbara was born Sept. 29, 1936 in Teton Valley, Idaho,  the daughter of William Ellis Bahr, and Thelma Meikle Bahr. Her early life was spent in Osgood, Idaho. The family moved to Blackfoot, when she was 14 years old, where she began her high school education at Blackfoot High School. 
She married George L. Reed June 25, 1954. To their union were born six children - four still living. They started their marriage in Riverside, and finally settled in Rockford, where together they owned and operated Rockford Welding. They were later divorced in December 1983.  
She then married Nile Frank Wilding on July 3, 1987 in Blackfoot. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sept. 6, 2008. They lived in Blackfoot, where she worked as payroll and benefits manager for First American Title for approximately 18 years. 
She was a devoted and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings, Primary Teacher, Young Women's Leader, and secretary, Relief Society Teacher, and Secretary, Visiting Teaching Supervisor, and Genealogy Teacher, which was a great passion for her, to learn about her ancestors and doing their work. On Sept. 21, 2004, she and her husband Nile, began their six month LDS Service Mission at the Desert Industries in Blackfoot.   
Barbara very much enjoyed being a homemaker, and was known as a meticulous housekeeper, loved gardening and caring for her yard. In her earlier years, she enjoyed sewing and making school clothes for her daughters. She made beautiful blessing dresses, for her granddaughters, Temple quilts, many afghans, and several variety of crafts. She loved entertaining, hosting many parties such as Luaus, church socials, and family holiday parties. 
She is survived by her loving husband, Nile; her children, Craig (Roxanne) Reed, of Pocatello; Stephen (Margene) Reed, Hyrum, Utah; Kathy (Dan) Owen of Rexburg; Debbie (Michael) Bideganeta of Eagle; Her step-children, Frank (Jannette) Wilding of Sugar Land, Texas; Merlin (Patricia) Wilding, Idaho Falls; Nyla (Mathew) Linger, Terreton; Terry (Michelle ) Wilding, Twin Falls; Cindi Sanders, Mud Lake; sister, Karen (Rick) Stoddart of Blackfoot; brother, Gerald (Ruth) Bahr of Moreland; and sisters-in-law, Jenny Bahr of Ammon, Idaho, and Marlene Shirley of Orem, Utah; 31 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers LaVerl J. Bahr, Leo Meikle (Mickey) Bahr, Ellis Burnell Bahr, Ray Gene Bahr and, two infant sons Michael Ellis and Richard Allen Reed, a step son Lynn Wilding; and 1 infant granddaughter, Amy Christine Reed.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8 at the Blackfoot Stake Center with Bishop Daniel Hale conducting.
Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Hawker Funeral Home, and for one hour prior to the service at the stake center. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at the Sugar City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Gables Assisted Living Center, for the loving attention and care given to our wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 7, 2017
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