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 Lila <I>Bell</I> Barbre

Lila Bell Barbre

Creston, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
Death 8 Apr 2013 (aged 93)
Ephrata, Grant County, Washington, USA
Burial Creston, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 118879752 · View Source
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Lila Bell Barbre passed away April 8, 2013 in her Ephrata home. She was born January 12, 1920 in Creston, WA, the second of five children to George and Amy (Simons) Bell. She was an alumna of Creston High School, the valedictorian of the class of 1937. She was a farm cook, a nanny, and during WWII, she worked at Fairchild Air Force Base installing gyros into the cockpits of fighter planes, working her way up to supervisor. She obtained a Master Mechanic license. She married James K. Barbre on February 14, 1946, eloping to Missoula, MT.

She was an avid gardener, who spent every day she could outside digging in the dirt. She was a seamstress, who remodeled everything she bought to make it fit. She sewed her girls' clothes. She did the Sunday crossword puzzle out of the Spokesman Review every week, including the diagram-less, for the fun of it. She loved "Jeopardy." She collected butterflies and dolphins, symbols of rebirth and intelligence, both of which she experienced.

Lila was a member of the Stitch and Chatter Club and Memorial Christian Church.

Preceding her in death, her husband, James K. Barbre; her parents, George W. Bell and Amy Belle Simons Bell; her sisters, Alice Lamberson, Wilda Harden, June Depner; her brothers, George "Jiggs" Bell and Herbert Bell.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lila Bell Barbre (12 Jan 1920–8 Apr 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118879752, citing Creston Cemetery, Creston, Lincoln County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Khat (contributor 47573160) .