Barbara Malcom (1940 - 2014)

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Barbara K Malcom
Aug 8,1940 - Dec. 4, 2014
Barb passed away on Thursday morning Dec. 4th at St. Lukes Hospital, after a severe stroke. She will be missed by all who knew her and mourned by those lucky enough to call her friend or family. There will be a memorial service for Barb on Friday Dec.12th at the Cloverdale Church of God a 3755 S. Cloverdale Rd. Boise at 4:00 and a reception immediately following at their home 5055 Sunfish Lane meridian.
This incredibly special woman was born to Cliff and Lenore Malcom in Broken Bow Nebraska. When she was three the family moved to Murphy Idaho where she attended several different schools because there had to be at least five kids to have a school so if some of the moved away the rest would have to find a different school. She rode her horse to school and one day got into trouble for riding it into the school house. She eventually graduated from Meridian High School in 1958. Barb had an interesting life. She worked for a small circus in Meridian and Boise, and while there she trained a bear to ride a motorcycle and performed with it and a monkey. She played the guitar and sang also. She worked for Overland Lumber, Elixer Industries, and Salt Lake Hardware as a bookkeeper and purchasing agent. After that she went to work for Meridian Lanes for 37 years. She made many special friends there. In the mid 70s with three boys to raise, she and Dave started raising cows and pigs and a veritable buffet of chickens, to help pay for wrestling and band trips. Seemed like there was always a box of baby pigs in the house to be bottled fed. The boys wrestled from 1978-1993, so they got lots of traveling in.
Barb and Dave helped raise about 20 other kids, mostly boys and one girl, who needed a place to come and hang out. There were always extra mouths to feed and she was the queen of making a feast out of just about anything. She made such great dishes as hamburger stew, corn fritters, and hotdogs with peanut butter and cheese. Also s.o.s., which is still Tom's favorite. During all the time that Barb and Dave had a house full of boys, there was always enough love and comfort to share and all those boys knew that you didn't mess with that five foot, one hundred pound dynamo! Barb loved to travel with the boys during their sports and music playing, and when she retired she loved her trips to Jackpot with her beloved friends Joy and Carol. Jackpot with the ladies was her time for fun.
She raised all those boys then had five wonderful granddaughters in a row and panicked when she had to do her first ponytail. She was then blessed with two grandsons and recently another granddaughter. Her boys and grandkids were her biggest joy in life and she was very proud of them all.
Barb and Dave loved to travel and made several trips to South America and the Oregon Coast. Those trips were a dream come true for them both.
Barb had a huge heart and in that heart she had a special place for her very close friends Connie, Joy and Carol. But most of all it was her family that meant everything to her. Barb is survived by her husband David, son Tom with Tisha and kids Alexis, Elise, Isabelle, Tanner and Alex. Son Rolland "Bud" with Tana and kids Natasha, Kennedy, and Titan. Son Ronald "Ron" with Jenee and kids Greyson and Reagan. Niece Lorrie Crose and family, and nephew John Malcom and family, along with numerous other nieces and nephews.
Barb was met in Heaven by her parents and two brothers and the pigs....
Barb would have been absolutely thrilled to know that she became an eye and tissue donor.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Make A Wish Foundation of Idaho in her name.
The family would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to the nurses of St. Lukes ICU for the wonderful care and compassion they showed Barb and her family. They are truly angels sent from God.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 7, 2014