Barbara Anne Crossland, 64, formerly of Olympia, WA, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack in her Sun Lakes, Arizona home on November 5, 2011. She was born June 9, 1947 in Saginaw, MI, to John and Carolyne Hackstadt. On Sept. 21, 1968, Barb married the love of her life, Ron Crossland. He preceded her in death May, 2007. Surviving are her two sons, Joseph Crossland, Jason Crossland, grandchildren Alexander and Brandy, and three sisters, Amy Richardson, Shelton, WA, Mary Lindsey, Griffin, GA and Paula March, Roswell, GA and their families; and her sister-in-law Carol Orsmby, Sun Lakes, AZ, and her two daughters, Cariann and Summer. She maintained her genuineness and honesty all the way to the end. She will forever be remembered for her generosity, sense of fairness, and unconditional love towards her family and friends. She will live on in all of us.
She was a 1965 graduate of Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, MI. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Michigan State University and a Master's in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College. She was Senior Facilities Planner for the Evergreen State College and the Department of Labor and Industries for over 20 years, and a founding member of the Washington Chapter of the International Facility Management Association. In retirement, she was an active member of many organizations in Sun Lakes, AZ. She served as president of the Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch, president of the bocce ball club, a member of the Red Hat society, the rock and gem club, and a wine club. Barb touched the lives of many people with her intelligence, generosity and easy acceptance of all around her.
A private, family memorial service will be held in Roswell, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 777 W Southern Ave Ste 301, Mesa, AZ 85210.