|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1931|
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 2012|
1931 ~ 2012
Barbara Joan Bachmeyer, a former longtime resident of Three Rivers, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Visalia, following a long decline related to brain injury. She was 80.
A private family memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, in Badger. Interment will be at the Eshom Valley Cemetery.
Barbara was born in Vinita, Okla., on December 10, 1931, to Louis W. and Cora E. Roberts. She spent her childhood with her parents and three brothers on the family ranch in Daniel, Wyo. After her father's death in 1945, Barbara boarded with families during the long Wyoming winters in order to finish school, graduating from Jackson High School in 1949.
During the last year of high school and until her subsequent marriage she was a foster daughter of William and Mildred Smith of Jackson, Wyo. She worked as a telephone operator (Operator #2) for the local phone company after graduating from high school.
Barbara married Kenneth D. Bachmeyer at the Church of the Transfiguration in Moose, Wyo., in Grand Teton National Park. Ken was employed by the National Park Service.
The couple moved around the western United States working in various national parks. In 1973, Ken accepted a position at Sequoia National Park, and the couple and their three children settled in Three Rivers. As she had in all the places she lived, Barbara made fast and lasting friendships.
In 1976, Barbara went to work at the local branch of Bank of America (located where Pizza Factory is today). She held her position of teller for the next 14 years.
After Ken and Barbara retired, they spent a number of blissful years traveling throughout the country and their beloved West, riding the "gravy train," as Barbara referred to their months-long sojourns with family and friends across the country. It had been Barbara's dream to travel and she was able to do plenty of it during these years.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Kenneth D. Bachmeyer; her three children, daughter Joni Bachmeyer Jordan and husband Larry Jordan, daughter Chris Bachmeyer Phillips and her husband Zachary Phillips, and son Kenneth D. (Buzz) Bachmeyer, Jr.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law Sid and Linda Roberts; brother and sister-in-law Steve and Tina Roberts; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Tulare County Foundation, 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Eshom Valley Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 25, 2013
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