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Barbara Loveless

Barbara Loveless was born March 4, 1928 in Bothell Washington to Glen and Ethel Crawford and passed away August 30, 2018 of complications from heart disease. She was the youngest of two daughters and her dad was the first pharmacist in Bothell. She had an idyllic childhood growing up in the small town, working at her dad's soda fountain, and graduating from Bothell High School in 1936, then going on to Pi Beta Phi sorority at the University of Washington, where she met the love of her life, Rod Loveless. While part of the initial attraction may have been the great complimentary game-day seats she could get as she worked at the ticket sales office at Husky Stadium, they fell in love.

Rod graduated with a degree in business from the UW, and was offered a job with Merrill Lynch. Out at dinner that evening to celebrate, he confessed to her that, while the job represented a secure, well paying future, what he really wanted to do was develop land and build houses. In a watershed moment, Barbara - who was not a risk taker at heart -

looked him in the eye and said: "then you better go build houses!"

So began an adventure that would last the rest of their lives. Rod (with her undying support) went on to a long successful career developing and building all around the Puget Sound area. They settled in the north part of Kirkland and had 4 children - Stephen (Rebecca), Leeann (Franco), Bryan (Gail), and Scott (Teresa), and spent many happy years traveling both on sailboats in the San Juan Islands (eventually developing and building on Decatur Island) and many warm weather places, including Cabo San Lucas, where they would end up spending many winters in an oceanfront home being invaded by their ever-growing family.

Barbara enjoyed both a good book and a warm fire more than anyone we have ever known. She was also a legendary card player -

including teaching the entire clan to play bridge, with family trips featuring continuous, nearly unending games (much to the distress of non-card playing guests and visitors), and regularly whipping Rod at Rummy 500 (he owes a significant monetary debt to her estate!). Barbara was a true lady - a much beloved grandmother, and always generous tipper. Her love of dark chocolate will never be forgotten, nor will her penchant for leaving up Christmas lights until St. Patrick's Day!

She is survived by her soulmate of 70+ years, Rod, three of her four children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren (with another on the way!) - all of whom will miss her terribly. She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Ethel, her sister Patty, and her son Stephen. At Barbara's request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to Children's Hospital or . The family would like to thank her private care team - Rose, Ruth and Becky, the people at Ida Culver House in Broadview, and the people at Swedish Hospital for the compassionate and professional healthcare treatment she received.

Always drawn to the sea, Barbara has asked to have her ashes scattered in the San Juan Islands - one of the places where she was happiest.

To quote her favorite song: "That's why darling it's incredible, that someone so unforgettable, thinks that I am unforgettable too."

We love you mom.
Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 11 to Sept. 16, 2018
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