LOGAN, Utah - Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Barbara McGregor Hales passed away in Logan on Aug. 31, 2009, from injuries sustained in an accident.
She was born Dec. 13, 1928, at the family home in Mound Valley, Idaho, to James D. and Ruth C. McGregor. She was the youngest of 10 children. Barbara began college at the age of 16 and received her undergraduate degree at Idaho State University. She taught elementary school for a few years and then went to Utah State University and received a master's degree in speech development. It was during her time at Utah State University that she met the love of her life, H. Lee Hales Jr., to whom she has been married for the last 58 years. They were married on December 31, 1951 in the Hales Family home in Logan, Utah. That marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple in June 1952.
They were blessed with four children, 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was a professor at Utah State University for 27 years. She taught in the speech and theater departments. Her greatest joy came from children's literature and storytelling. She had a lifelong affair with books, having a desire to place as many good books into homes as she could. She referred to herself as a "book pusher."
Barbara was a "true blue Aggie" in every sense of the word. She supported Aggie athletics with her husband for over 40 years and was a member of the Big Blue Club. She and her husband contributed to many scholarships and educational pursuits.
Barbara was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many church positions. Most recently, she and her husband served on their own local service as literacy missionaries to others. She became acquainted with the joy of FamilySearch Indexing and was found doing it daily.
She is survived by her husband, H. Lee Hales Jr.; her four children, Brad Hales of St. George, Utah; Brian Hales of Layton, Utah; Tracine Parkinson of Chula Vista, Calif., and Lezlee Monroe of Clearfield, Utah. Her parents and eight of her nine siblings preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center, and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Lundstrom Park 2nd Ward Chapel located at 1260 N. 1600 East in Logan. The funeral will begin at noon at the church. Graveside services will follow immediately after at the Logan City Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.allenmortuaries.net.
Published by Logan Herald Journal from Sep. 2 to Sep. 15, 2009.