|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1938|
|Death: ||Sep. 11, 2004|
Barbara Ruth Barker Bearnson, 65, of Provo passed away on September 11, 2004 due to complications from appendix cancer diagnosed in January. She was born September 20, 1938 in Salt Lake City to Harold Roy and Ruth Curtis Barker. Barbara was raised in southern California and Salt Lake City and graduated from South High School in 1956. After high school, she attended BYU, and between semesters, she met LeRoy Bearnson who was attending the University of Utah. They married in the Salt Lake City Temple on March 17, 1960.
Barbara loved and served her family as they lived in New York, Colorado, Alabama, California and Utah. Along the way, she attended all their sporting events, music recitals and road shows. She had a way of seeing the positive in every situation and every person. She was always quick to speak a kind word or lend a listening ear to help her husband and children overcome difficulties and celebrate success. She loved being with her family and her family loved being with her.
She earned a Masters Degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University. As a full professor of Behavioral Science at Utah Valley Community College for over 27 years, she taught thousands of students how to have rich, rewarding family relationships. She loved teaching and talking with students about real day-to-day issues. She was devoted to them until the end. They, in turn, thought of her as a great teacher, a wonderful role model, and a truly good person.
As a member of the LDS church, she served in various positions, but her favorite callings always included children. She was always prepared with a special treat or activity to involve and entertain a child. Her fun-loving, positive, and calming spirit was felt by all who knew her.
After raising her four children, Barbara enjoyed summer travel with her husband to countries around the world. Upon their return, shed tell funny and inspirational stories about their travel companions and the culture, wildlife, and people they encountered Ñ especially stories about children. She wanted children all over the world to grow up in a nurturing and supportive family environment.
When she wasnt teaching or traveling, Barbara enjoyed being at home in Provo and at the family cabin in Fish Lake National Forest where she watched and fed birds and other wildlife. She had a special way of recognizing the unique personalities of each animal, much like her ability to recognize and appreciate the personality traits in the family members, students, and friends she served. She made everyone around her feel special. Her love, kindness, and support will be missed by many throughout Utah Valley and beyond.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 45 years, LeRoy W. Bearnson of Provo; four children, Bill Bearnson of Riverton, Stephen Bearnson of Provo, Ruth Bearnson of Provo, and Robert (Miho) Bearnson and grandson Beric of Gilbert, AZ. Additional survivors include two sisters, Sylvia (Craig) Sutton of Salt Lake City, and Lora (Duane) Ford of Bountiful.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 16, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the Oak Hills 9th Ward Chapel, 2000 North 1500 East, Provo. Friends and family may call Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 E. Center Street as well as Thursday morning at the church one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 North 650 East, Provo.
The family would like to thank the many friends who brought love and support to Barbara during her final months. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund at www.lds.org.
East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery
Created by: Bryan Chapman
Record added: Apr 17, 2011
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