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July 27, 1926 -
May 31, 2018

Barbara Cavers of Cupertino, California passed away on May 31, 2018. She was born on July 27, 1926 in Seattle, Washington to Jack and Grace Hebert.

Barbara grew up in Sedro-Woolley, Washington during the Great Depression. Barbara thrived in this small town. Everything Barbara pursued, she did with vigor. At Sedro-Woolley High, she was a violinist in the orchestra and the valedictorian of her class.

Barbara cherished her time with her father and learned from him to enjoy the everyday things in life and to make the best of any situation. Barbara was very close to her mother. On Sundays, Barbara would play the violin while her mother accompanied her on piano.

On Juniper Beach on Camano Island, her father built a summer cabin for the family. This became Barbara's "heart home." Barbara shared the traditions of summers at Juniper with her children and grandchildren. Even in her 80's on drives to that beach, she could remember a slight rise in the road and the accompanying excitement and giggles of the little girl still in her, knowing she was getting close to her "heart home."

Barbara graduated from the University of Washington where she met her future husband, John A. Cavers. They loved dancing at parties and at the Officers' Club.

Barbara began her teaching career in the state of Washington. After she and her family moved to Cupertino, she taught adult education in downtown San Jose. A friend and aide in her class recounted how appreciative the students were of Barbara. Later in her career, Barbara was offered a position as a technical writer at Lockheed. Upon retirement, she returned to her true love - teaching. She started B.H. Cavers Advisory an educational and tutoring program for foreign-born professionals and their families. She created her own program for practical language skills and helped her students navigate enrolling in schools and adjusting to life in Santa Clara Valley. Her compassion for others, love of learning, astute business skills, and creativity made her program particularly effective. She continued teaching into her mid-80's.

Barbara was the heart and soul of her family. She organized activities and special excursions so her family would have traditions, cherished memories, and strong bonds.

Barbara had a love for learning and reading. She had strength and determination, and we could see this as she soldiered on in the twilight years of her life.

Her family and friends will miss her radiant smile, her exuberant laugh, and her generosity.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John A. Cavers.

She is survived by her children; Kathy, Molly, and John.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11, 2018
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