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Leva Barbara Rich Hoge
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Birth: Dec. 18, 1915
Death: Sep. 26, 2007

Obituary of Barbara Rich Hoge

Barbara Rich Hoge, 91, of Blackfoot, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Wednesday, September 26, 2007, at the Bingham Memorial Hospital.

Leva Barbara Rich was born to Chase and Leva Rich on December 18, 1915, at the family ranch in Pingree, Idaho. She has resided in the Blackfoot area, except while pursuing her education and during her husband's medical education and military service.

She began her grade school and junior high education in Pingree and graduated from Thomas High School as the Plaque Honor Student. She participated in all music and sports activities, and as a sophomore, won a trip to California as "Miss Bingham County." She received her teaching certificate at the Southern Branch of the University of Idaho (now Idaho State University) followed by a session at Brigham Young University. She graduated from the University of Idaho in Music Education and English and, including a year in Chicago, Illinois, taught school for five years. While helping her husband through medical school, she worked as a secretary at the Northwestern University School of Commerce.

For more than 40 years, Barbara and her sisters, Elna, Ruth and Monna, accompanied on the piano by their mother, and, in later years, by a niece, performed as "The Rich Sisters" and sang for numerous weddings, funerals, etc. Barbara has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and has loved teaching the numerous children in her church. She has served as music director, chorister, and organist and has fulfilled Stake music callings in Primary, Junior Sunday School, Relief Society and as the Blackfoot South Stake music chairman.

Barbara married Dr. Walter Grimmett Hoge on August 6, 1940, in the Logan Temple. They resided briefly in Moscow, Idaho; Chicago, Illinois; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Augusta, Georgia; Coral Gables, Florida; and Fulda, Germany. Her husband began his civilian medical practice in Preston, Idaho, in 1948, then practiced in Shelley, Idaho, and in 1951, they returned to Blackfoot, where he practiced medicine for 39 more years. During the 40 years of Walter's medical practice, Barbara often filled in as secretary or wherever needed. He passed away November 8, 2001.

Barbara served as PTA president, for a total of four years, in both Shelley and Blackfoot. She earned the Gold Oakleaf and also, the Life Membership Certificate from the National PTA. She served as both county and state president of the Idaho State Medical Auxilliary. She visited Idaho auxilliaries and made several trips to national conferences in Chicago, Scottsdale, Denver, San Francisco, Atlantic City, Dallas, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, etc. As a member of the Bingham Memorial Hospital Auxilliary, she served as president and held other offices. Each year, she attended the Sun Valley conventions, and she has won first place with her Bingham Memorial Hospital scrapbook in Sun Valley. She helped with the Christmas Tree Fantasy, Charity Ball, and other functions to help support the hospital and other causes. She was also a member of LaCultus Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and The River Valley Singers.

Idaho Flying Farmers memberships belonged to both Barbara and Walter for about 10 years. During that time, she represented Idaho as the National Flying Farmer Queen in Miami, Florida. In Florida, she sang the aria "Mimi" in Italian, from the opera LaBoheme, before 3,000 flying farmer members. She held a student pilot license and won a trophy for soloing from the Cessna Corporation.

Barbara had a beautiful yard and garden and loved sharing her vegetables, flowers, fruits, jellies, pies, sourdough starter, etc. with neighbors, friends and family. She enjoyed opera, music, dance productions and participating in musical productions. She enjoyed horseback trail rides, sports activities, steelhead, trout and deep-sea fishing; and she made three whitewater trips down the Middle Fork and the main Salmon River. She and her husband, Walter, did much traveling in the United States and also visited Europe, the former Soviet Union, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, South and Central America, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, the Souch Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand.

Barbara has always been in close touch with each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her wisdom, knowledge and advice have been sought after; her "shortcuts," her help with cooking, sewing, gardening, canning ideas, ect. are many. She has always been a real "celebrity" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Barbara has been such a wonderful inspiration and example throughout her life. Her exceptional qualities are immeasurable. She has been a cherished and revered friend to many.

Survivors include her four children, Barbara Ann (Melvin) Lilya of Blackfoot, Dr. Walter Rich (Shauna) Hoge of San Jose, California, Patricia (Dr. Jay D.) Clark of Mapleton, Utah, and John Rich (Sharon) Hoge of Blackfoot; one sister, Ruth McPherson of Pingree, Idaho, one great-aunt, Edith Hawkes of Bountiful, Utah; 21 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Elna Sulzle and Monna Poole; and brothers, Myrthon L. Rich and Roland C. Rich.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, October 1, at the South Blackfoot LDS Stake Center, 900 Riverton Road in Blackfoot. The family will visit with friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Hawker Funeral Home 132 S. Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday before services at the church. Interment will be at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.

Family links: 
  Heber Charles Chase Rich (1889 - 1957)
  Leva Barbara Gutting Rich (1890 - 1972)
  Walter Grimmett Hoge (1914 - 2001)*
  Myrthon Layne Rich (1913 - 1985)*
  Leva Barbara Rich Hoge (1915 - 2007)
  Elna Valine Rich Seamons (1918 - 2005)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Thomas Cemetery
Bingham County
Idaho, USA
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Record added: Aug 09, 2009
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Leva Barbara <i>Rich</i> Hoge
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