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Barbara Roose

Barbara May Robinson Roose passed away Nov. 7, 2013.

She was born Aug. 10, 1924, to parents Charles and Elsie Robinson in London, England. Six years later younger brother Roy joined them. A few years later the Robinsons moved to Barry, Wales, where her father worked in the Welsh coal mines.

During World War II, Barbara was employed as a telephone operator for the British government. It was at this time that she met the love of her life, Glen Roose. Glen and Barbara were married June 9, 1945, in Merthyr Devon Church in Barry, Wales. Barbara traveled to the United States in a converted hospital ship, the SS Huddleston, arriving in Eureka May 9, 1946.

On May 5, 1949, Barbara became an American citizen, something she was extremely proud of. Barbara loved her life in Eureka, gardening with Glen, baking, sewing and always knitting, having their five children and watching them grow. She volunteered at the county fair in the fine arts division. She even won second in the nationals for her beautiful knitting. In her later years her “ministry” was making prayer shawls, knitting literally hundreds. She made one by special request for the Episcopal bishop of Montana.

She instilled her love of all things English in her children and grandchildren. Whether it was British history, the Royal Family or the “proper” cup of tea.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Glen, her daughter Glenda and her parents. She is survived by her children: Shirley Carlson, Barry Roose, Sheila and Bob Graham, Robyn and Jeff DeWitt, Steve Leigh; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; her brother Roy and wife Ronnie and their children.

She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered. She is dancing with her Glennie now and looking forward to “tea time.”

Services were Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, with a reception following at the VFW.

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