|Birth: ||May 29, 1922|
|Death: ||May 2, 1994|
Barbara loved people; enjoyed working in the group medical insurance industry; spent hours playing pinochle with her family and friends; and found serenity walking along the beach at Newport, Oregon or in Galveston, Texas. She and her loving husband, Richard, spent many "a weekend", driving with no destination, just to "see what they could see". Soft music and books were important to both, and candlelight dinners were common place. Barbara never knew a stranger. Her warmth and very caring manner was most endearing. She was a friend to all and loved by many.
Barbara spent her formative years in Northern California, mostly in San Francisco. She had fond memories of roller skating up and down the city's hills. She loved joining people as they got off the cable cars at the end of the route, to "turn it around" for it's journey back the other direction. Barbara had many friends at George Washington high school, several of whom remained in touch throughout their lives. She had a very close relationship with her two aunts, Elsie Prothero Fear and Effie Prothero Olson. They guided Barbara during her formative years, and she was grateful for their loving, endearing ways.
Barbara and Captain Richard William Kraetke of Detroit, Michigan met in San Francisco, where they shared their first kiss at a beautiful spot on the famed "Twin Peaks". They spent a very memorable honeymoon night, New Years Eve in 1942, because of the extreme shortage of gasoline during W. W. II. At that time, public transportation was very hard to "come by". Richard and Barbara were fortunate to find a cab with an exceptionally nice cab driver. The cabbie was more than willing to stay with the newlyweds until the next morning when it was time to go to the airport for their honeymoon flight. Barbara, Richard and the cab driver sat up the entire night talking and playing cards. In the wee hours, Barbara fixed eggs, bacon, etc., and that meal served as their late night New Years Eve feast. Three strangers closely bonded together, during a time when America struggled for some kind of normalcy as the war raged overseas.
In 1850, Barbara's Mormon ancestors came from Wales, and settled in San Bernardino, California. Her aunts, Elsie and Effie, preserved a lot of memorabilia from the Prothero family, including many marvelous photographs dating back to the mid 1800's. These items are a treasure Barbara passed on to her daughters and from it all, a detailed family history has been compiled for future generations to learn from and appreciate.
Jonas Brewton Crawley (1895 - 1985)
Aimee Arlene Prothero Woodcox (1902 - 1965)
Richard William Kraetke (1916 - 1998)*
Jo-Ann Kraetke Utter (1944 - 2013)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in the Pacific at Newport, Oregon and the Gulf at Corpus Christi, Texas
Created by: Jo-Ann
Record added: Mar 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67256275