Barbara Jean Haines of Spokane, Wash. passed away in Spokane on Jan. 9, 2018, surrounded by family and friends, at the age of 82.
She was born on Jan. 28, 1935 in Nampa, Idaho to George and Callie Perkins Benson.
She was a longtime resident of Pendleton and Hermiston before spending time in Portland and Spokane to be near her children.
Barbara was raised and attended high school in Marsing, Idaho. She married Jerry Franklin Haines on Dec. 22, 1951 in Kamiah, Idaho. Jerry was the love of Barbara’s life, and their marriage was commonly described as a “storybook relationship.” Frequently, people expressed a desire to have a lasting and loving marriage like Barbara and Jerry.
They lived in Jordan Valley before moving to Pendleton and Hermiston, where they spent the majority of their adult lives raising their two children. Barbara was a devout member of Our Lady of Angels and St. Mary’s Catholic churches.
She was a dedicated and skilled administrative assistant who worked long periods at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, and finished her career at the Hermiston School District before retiring. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her humor, loyalty, unconditional love, and zest for life and family were enjoyed by all who worked with her or spent time with her. The best times of her life were spent surrounded by family and friends, and the Haines home was frequently the place where everyone gathered for food and laughter.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Michele “Micki” Stanhope of Spokane; son, Michael Haines of Portland and Kahana, Maui; granddaughters, Lindsay and Courtney of Spokane and Eryn of Camas, Wash.; great grandchildren, Cade, Kellen and Sosie Jane Washington of Camas, and Katelyn Ebersole and Joel Paul of Spokane.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Franklin Haines, on April 3, 1991 in Portland at age 58.
A graveside blessing and committal service will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Hermiston Cemetery.
A graveside memorial service is pending for April 2018 for those friends and family who are unable to travel due to winter weather. A service notice with day and time will run in the East Oregonian and will be updated at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com or by family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Barbara’s memory to the Ronald McDonald House of Charity, 1015 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane, Wash., 99204, or rmhcinlandnw.org.
Please sign the online condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.