Barbara "Barb" Dee Hawley- Bellinger

Monday, March 28th, 1932 - Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
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Barbara (Barb, Barbie) Dee Hawley-Bellinger born on March 28, 1932 in Emmett, Idaho to Helen Pass-Bilbrey and Irvin Bilbrey. Barbara was blessed with two sisters. Patricia (Patty) Springsteen-Bellinger and Gail Ann Gosson-Bellinger. Barbara grew up in a farming family living in small town agricultural communities. As a young child living in Idaho she and sister Patty helped their Grandpa Pass herd cows. Tragically, Barbara’s father Irvin, died very young in a car accident when she was just 7.

Barbara’s mother Helen, remarried Allen “Skin” Bellinger. Allen became Barbara’s beloved stepfather. The family lived in Hermiston during Barbara’s grade school years. She enjoyed playing and exploring outdoors, accompanied by a menagerie of farm animals, dogs and cats. Barbara was fond of telling tales of her daring horseback riding antics and the adventures she and sister Patty shared with friends.

The family moved to Anselmo, Nebraska for Barbara’s high school years, where she graduated “Class of 1946.” She attended 2 years of college at Carney State receiving a Teaching Certificate. Barbara taught children in all grades in a one-room schoolhouse.

In 1952 the family returned to Oregon. Barbara’s family settled on 20 acres in the upper Hood River Valley in Parkdale, where they enjoyed a majestic view of Mt. Hood.

As a young woman Barbara waitressed at the iconic Timberline Lodge and worked at the telephone company in Hood River. She married Ralph “Kelly” Kellenbarger and the young couple moved to Portland Oregon. They had 5 daughters together, Laura, Jannice, Gina Marie, Kelly Anne and Julia. Barbara was a busy homemaker raising four young daughters. She was a creative woman and a skillful seamstress sewing most of her daughter’s clothes. She also created stuffed animals for her girls. She was a hostess of countless birthday parties and holiday celebrations. Barbara was a marvelous and enthusiastic cook. She canned and preserved much of the family’s food. She took special pride in making her own homemade bread. Barbara’s cinnamon sticky buns were legendary in the neighborhood.

Barbara loved her garden. Every season she planted and nurtured a colorful array of flowers and bushes to adorn her yard. In summer 1970 the family moved to Tualatin. During that time Barbara was hired as a circuit board assembler at Tektronix, an up and coming tech company in Beaverton. She completed additional courses and received several promotions at Tektronix. Barbara and Ralph divorced during the 1980’s. Barbara remarried Lloyd N. Hawley in 1991. When she retired from Textronix Barbara purchased a home and acreage on Miller Road in Parkdale, next door to her parents Al and Helen.

Barbara and Lloyd attended religious services and enjoyed community at the Hood River Church of Christ. On their fertile property Barbara was able to continue enjoying her penchant for gardening. She collected antiques, dolls and figurines. She spent time working in a local antique shop. Barbara cared for a succession of beloved pet cats and strays. She had always been interested in oil painting, and once retired, had a little more time to devote to her art.

She also enjoyed camping and fishing with her family on the East Fork of the Hood River. She and Lloyd purchased a large motorhome, taking trips to the Oregon Coast, as well as a long road trip to Nebraska, where Barbara attended her class reunion.

In the summer of 2014 Barbara fell and fractured her arm and hip. She defied the medical professionals predictions, making a full recovery. However, Barbara was also dealing with memory loss. Her husband Lloyd, struggled with mobility and vision loss, so the couple reluctantly moved from their Mt. Hood acreage into Hawks Ridge Assisted Living in Hood River. Though they missed home, they enjoyed a double mountain view of Adams and Hood from their window at Hawks Ridge. Barbara enjoyed the activities and socialization while living there. She submitted several newly created art pieces for display at the Alzheimer’s Association sponsored “Memories In The Making” art show held yearly in Portland, Oregon. Barbara proudly attended the show, accompanied by her daughters.

In 2015 Barbara moved into memory care in Eugene, Oregon, where 2 of her daughters live. Initially she continued to enjoy outings, visits from her children, grandchildren and pets. Barbara liked to paint, arrange flowers and listen to music. She took pride in her ability to quickly rattle off her daughter’s first names by their birth order. Barbara had a sweet tooth and enjoyed cookies up until her final days.

Barbara peacefully passed away with Hospice support, surrounded by family. She will be missed by many who walked this journey with her. Barbara’s remains will be in terred along side her parents Allen and Helen Bellinger, at Hermiston Cemetery, in Hermiston Oregon.

Barbara faced challenges and loss, yet her determination and strong will prevailed. She leaves behind a legacy of a large extended family, creativity, strength and resilience. There are clear threads running through the generations expressed as artistic talents, outdoor nature exploration, gardening and a love of animals.

Donations in Barbara Hawley-Bellinger’s memory may be directed to the non-profit Alzheimer’s Association – “Memories in The Making” art therapy program or alternatively Hood River non-profit Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue (CGCR) at or the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) in Portland, Oregon.

Barbara Hawley-Bellinger is survived by: her 2 sisters, 4 adult children, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 niece and 3 nephews, 1 great-nephew in addition to their spouses and in-laws, and countless pets!

Sister-Patricia Rachel Bellinger-Springsteen 12-26-1930
Niece-Teresa Rae Springsteen-(Bob)Telford 3-23-1959
Nephew-Michael Richard Springsteen(Willie) 4-15-1960
Sister-Gail Ann Bellinger-(Jim)Gosson 11-17-1949
Nephew-Christopher Gosson 5-22-1967
Nephew-Scott Gosson 1-22-1969
Great-nephew- Sawyer Gosson 4-21-1998
Daughter-Laura Lee Kellenbarger 1-14-1955
Granddaughters-Erica Lynn Bidiman-Flake 12-5-1972
Jessica Marie Glover 11-28-1978
Grandsons-Seth Aaron Glover 7-9-1977; Philip Lawrence Boyd 4-19-1985
Great-granddaughters-Margaret Marie Glover-Brenner 4-17-1999
Kiley Erin Glover-Foote 12-3-2004
Great-grandsons-Carson Edward Flake 4-10-2003;Everet Flake 7-17-2008
Daughter-Jannice Rae Kellenbarger-(Loren)Davis 08-28-1956
Grandson-Gregory Loren (Angela)Davis 5-28-80
Great grandson-Gideon Loren Davis 2-16-2009
Great granddaughter-Eden Violet Davis 3-8-2011
Granddaughter-Annalie Davis-(Shawn)Jensen 4-23-1982
Great granddaughter-Ardyce Rose Jensen 10-6-2017
Grandaughter-Nailya Marie Davis 12-30-1992
Grandaughter-Zarina Annalise Davis-(Chris)Wilson 4-28-1995
Great-grandaughter-Angel Violet Wilson 7-27-2018
Granddaughter-Diona Rachel Davis 6-7-2009
Daughter-Kelly Anne Kellenbarger-(Gentle)Anderson 4-28-1960
Granddaughter-Iris Jasmine Anderson 9-4-1993
Grandson-Weston Anderson 11-14-1995
Daughter-Julia Dee Kellenbarger-Reed 05-17-1963
Grandson-Zachery Allen Reed(Nicole) 11-20-1991
Great-grandson-Olivier Jules Kirk Reed 4-2-2015
Great-granddaughter-Cecily Leona Kay Reed 8-6-2018
Granddaughter-Miranda Halle Reed 6-27-1996

Barbara Hawley-Bellinger was preceded in death by: her father Irvin; step father and mother Allen and Helen; infant daughter Gina; husband Lloyd and ex-husband Ralph “Kelly”; brother in law Richard “Dick”; nephew Richard “Richey”; and niece Gina.

Irvin Bilbrey – father died 1939 at 27 years
Gina Marie Kellenbarger-infant daughter died 1958 at 3 months
Gina Marie Gosson- niece died 1974 at 3 years
Richard Springsteen – brother-in-law died in 1986 at 60 years
Richard (Richey) Springsteen – nephew 1956 died 1991 at 35 years
Allen Bellinger-stepfather died 3-2001 at 88 years
Helen Marie Bellinger-mother died 9-2001 at 89 years
Ralph L. Kellenbarger-ex-husband died 2010 at 81 years
Lloyd N. Hawley-husband died 8-12-2018 at 91 years

The butterfly emerges from its silken shell---
Reborn, it arises, no longer bound to earth.
Free at last, the butterfly glides to heights unknown before.
So do our loved ones find a beautiful release
as, earthbound no more, they leave our sight and joyfully rise to a garden of matchless beauty,
a place of light and peace. –Evelyn Phillips

Services are planned for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at the Church of Christ (1512 Tucker Rd, Hood River, OR 97031).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

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    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Hood River Church of Christ
    1512 Tucker Road
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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Christine Hawley

Posted at 04:46pm
Dear Family: So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. My father loved her greatly and missed her right up to his passing in August of 2018. My thoughts are with you all.
Christine hawley

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