Barbara was born on May 25, 1926 in Auburn, Washington to Wesley and Olive Brown. She graduated from Auburn High School, where she was active in a host of school activities, including student government and activity clubs. Always musical and theatrical, she played C melody saxophone in the Auburn High band and performed in school plays and musicals.
She attended the University of Washington where she joined the AOII sorority. She remained active in the sorority for decades and her AOII sisters were friends for life. As a young adult she married Edward Watton (who preceded her in death in 2018), staying at home to raise their four children in Bellevue, Washington. Later she worked at Farmer's Insurance, Sacred Heart Church of Bellevue, and AT&T.
Barbara encouraged all of her kids to love music and ensured all had instruments, lessons, and lots of record albums. She also shared her love of reading. The home was filled with fiction and non-fiction books, newspapers, and magazines, and would take her children to the Bellevue Public Library at least twice a month.
Barbara is survived by her four children – Alan Watton, Mary Walsh (Bob), David Watton (Terry) and Ann Goos (David Thorud), five grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.
The family wishes to sincerely thank the entire team at Emerald Heights Corwin Center and their care and support of Barbara. They were remarkable in their tender care of our Mom, particularly over the last 12 years. We also thank Evergreen Hospice for all of their impeccable care - several times -- in Barbara's life.
Known for her bubbly personality, singing and dancing, and love of life and her family, she will be greatly missed.
We love you, Mom.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jun. 7 to Jun. 30, 2020.