Barbara Jean Peters
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Barbara Jean PETERS Passed away from cancer at home surrounded by her family on October 25th, 2009. Barbara was born in Seattle, Washington on April 1, 1937 to Henry and Florence Colella and grew up with her younger sister, Janice. When she was eleven years old, Barbara started working at Pike Place Market to help her grandparents, Emilio and Angelina Galliano, sell their produce. Barbara graduated from Cleveland High School in 1955 and worked for Western Electric Phone Companyuntil she married William Peters on November 22, 1957. Barbara stayed home to care for their three daughters and she was always involved in the girls' school and church activities. She was known as an excellent cook, organizer and adviser. Once the girls were grown, Barbara became involved in community activities: volunteering with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, a15 year volunteer with the King County Sheriff's Department, serving on the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, and serving as a Fire Commissioner for the North Highline Fire District. Without a doubt though, Barb was most proud of her two grandchildren and she cherished the time she spent with both of them. She is survived by her husband of nearly 52 years, Bill; her sister Janice; daughter Valerie (Jim) and granddaughter Victoria; daughter Cynthia; daughter Natalie (Jack) and grandson Jack. Everyone who knew Barbarawas touched by her generosity, determination and her ability to speak her mind and get things done. Her dedication to children was endless and her accomplishments are too numerous to list and too far reaching to know. Barbara will be greatly missed by her family, friends, neighbors and the community she tirelessly supported. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Virginia Mason and everyone at Highline Home Care Services and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Barbara's name to: North Highline Fire District Aid Car Fund, 1243 Southwest 112th Street, Seattle, WA 98146. In her memory, Barbara asked to please spend time with a child that is close to you. That time spent and your love for that child will be with Barbara forever. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 PM on Monday, November 2nd at Riverton Crest Cemetery, 3400 S.140th, Tukwila 98168 with a reception following at Rainier Golf and Country Club, 11133 Des Moines Memorial Dr. S., Seattle 98168.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2009.
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November 13, 2009
Oh Barb, I miss you!

Unfortunately, I also missed your serice - my husband and I were in Paris/Italy on vacation. How ironic: you being a Italian!

But most of all I miss your down-to-earth opinions, your level-headed reasoning, and your unconditional friendship.

God bless you and your family...

I love and miss you so very much!

Charlotte Ryan
North Highline Fire District Secretary
& Fellow Fire District Commissioner (KCFD 40)
Charlotte Ryan
November 4, 2009
What a blessing it was for me to have known Barb for the last 10 years, she touched my life in so many ways. I can not express how much I will miss her. I treasure the memories I have from our friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill, Valerie, Tori Jim, Cindy, Natalie, Jack, Little Jack and Jan.
Patty Janssen
November 4, 2009
Dear Bill girls and Janice My heart goes out to you. Barbra Jean was a special person who gave her all. Was a great neighbor . Thank GOD we knew her and shared with all her gifts Our love and prayers Mary Delorenzo and family
Mary Delorenzo
November 2, 2009
Dear Bill, Janice, Valerie, Cindy, Natalie and family,

Guerino and I were so sorry to hear about Jeannie. She was always such a caring friend to the family, and always right there to help. Our prayers and deepest sympathy to all of you.
Guerino and Julie Desimone
November 1, 2009
Barbara, you will be missed. The most I remember was how mad you got when you walked into the Store Front and found the place a mess. I will never forget your smile when I walked in. Your spirit will remain in the store front and in my heart. My thoughts will be with your family.

Pam McLaren
King County Animal Care and Control Officer
November 1, 2009
Rarely in my 38 years of public service have I met someone of Barb's caring and passion for her family, her community, and her public servants. She looked after the police and firefighters with motherly fervor and quite literally did everything in her power to keep her family, neighbors and the troops as safe and comfortable as possible. Always with a smile, always supportive, always with food, and always with love, is the way I will always remember her. My most profound condolences to her family.
Bill Dickinson
October 31, 2009
Jean was a special one of a kind family friend. Her generous and fun-loving nature was always obvious to all. We will always hold dear in our hearts our time spent with her. Her kind spirit will stay with us for the remainder of each of our lives. All our love and prayers to Bill and the girls.
Shirley Colasurdo and Family
October 30, 2009
In the short time I have been on the Council, Barb took the time to help and teach me the meaning of getting involved in your Community. One person touched so many lives.
Rebecca Lopes
October 30, 2009

What a HUGE loss to Barbara's family, the Sheriff's office and the community at large...
I was so glad to have met Barbara. She was a great mentor and I am so glad to have been able to know her and learn from her.

God bless.

Pam Fernald, SeaTac, Washington
October 30, 2009
Jean babysat me when I was little and gave me the love for arts, crafts and cooking. I will pass this love to my three children now. Eventhough I have not seen her in awhile she will be greatly missed. She was so caring and giving to everyone. My prayers are with her wonderful, thoughtful and loving family.
Traci LaRoche
October 30, 2009
On behalf of the Board of Commissioners of Water District No. 20, (Russ Pritchard, Gary G. Coy, and Kathleen Keene) and General Manager Dick Swaab and Staff - we would like to send our condolences to the Peter's family.
October 29, 2009
Barbara kept all of us neighborhood kids in line, and as grown men and women, showed great pride in what she may have viewed as the result of her watchfulness. She is a great lady and although I haven't seen her in a long while, I will miss the fact that she is no longer at her window.
Gabby Jacobsen
October 29, 2009
I would like to thank Barbara's family for so willingly sharing her with the community. Barb's family was the love of her life and they shared her very graciously with the rest of us in the community. I have said that even 10 people cannot do the work that Barb did alone with such a sense of humor.
I am very sorry to loose a valued friend and mentor.
Rose Clark
October 29, 2009
Barbara, was a person with a tremendous community sprit, who gave so much of herself in such an unselfish way always with the betterment of her neighborhood and its residents in the forefront of her concerns.
Barbara, was also a mentor and friend, appreciated and already deeply missed.

DenoBi Olegba
October 29, 2009
God has called his beautiful angel home, Heaven is singing today. All our thoughts and prayers are with you. Soon your wonderful memories will overcome your deep sadness and you too will sing again. We loved Jean very much and our lives will not be the same without her. With all our love.
Jeff. Laura and Christian Hutter
October 29, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Barbara touched so many lives and will be missed. She gave so much of herself. I will continue to treasure the wonderful memories.

Colleen Anderson and family
Colleen Anderson
October 29, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Heidi Johnson
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