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Barbara “Bobbie” Wallace
12/26/1933 — 06/30/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Thebes, ILWatch Service Watch Graveside Service
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Barbara “Bobbie” Wallace
Barbara “Bobbie” Wallace, 89, passed away on June 30, 2023, at Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick, Washington.
Bobbie Wallace was born on December 26, 1933 in Thebes, IL, to Shirley (Don) Caldwell and Dorothy Caldwell (nee Dillow).
Bobbie graduated from Richland High School, “Go Bombers”, in 1952 and went on to work at Hanford as a Postal Delivery Clerk for several years before marrying James Darden. They had two sons. Bobbie went on to become a keypunch operator, making IBM Cards for people programming the “Big Computer”. She then became the head of the Key Punch group before becoming starting her career as a Finance Clerk and went on to work for Battelle as the Head Cashier before finally retiring in 1995 from Battelle.
Bobbie married Eugene Wallace on October 20, 1970 in Richland, Washington. The couple had a blended family of 6 children,
Wayne, Robert, David, Randall, Jody, and Angela.
Bobbie was known for her unrivaled hospitality which was highlighted by her great cooking and especially her delicious desserts.
She was very active in her home church, and was the the greeter at the Richland First Church of the Nazarene for many years.
She and Gene traveled across the United States in their RV, going 60,000 miles in the lower 48 states of the US and also on several trips into Canada.
They also went on missions trips to the Sun Valley Indian School and helped with building a church in Mexico.
Nearer to home, Bobbie and Gene were great treasure hunters at yard sales, and she always completed the daily crossword.
One of Bobbie’s great joys was her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
She always made sure they felt loved and adored.
Bobbie is survived by husband Eugene Wallace, of Richland, sister Evelyn Painter of Richland, son Wayne Wallace (Laura) of Texas, son Robert Wallace (Ann) of West Richland, son David Wallace (Cathie) of Finley, son Randall Darden (Laura) of Missouri, son Jody Darden (Kim) of Richland, and daughter Angela Bruce (Alistair) of British Columbia. She is beloved by her 13 grandkids, 31 great grandkids, and 8 great, great grandkids.
Bobbie is preceded in death by her father, Shirley (Don) Caldwell, mother Dorothy Dillow , brother Wally, brother Larry, and sister Sharon.
The service for Bobbie Wallace will be held on Wednesday, at 10:00 AM at Richland First Church of the Nazarene, 2500 Jericho Road, Richland, WA 99352, to be followed at 11:00 AM by a graveside service at Sunset Gardens, 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, WA.
Visitation: Tuesday, at 1:00 – 500 PM at Einan’s at Sunset Gardens.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland – Love and Rest Block II, Richland, WA.
Memorial donations can be made in Bobbie’s name to Wycliffe Bible Translators at Wycliffe.org or
Wycliffe Bible Translators, PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart;
and you shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Just heard of Bobbie’s passing yesterday, and SO sorry to hear that. She was a wonderful family friend and also a neighbor, who we had much fun with. She was one of my mother Myrtle’s best friends, and yard sale buddy. She will truly be missed. Prayers for Gene and family.
Mary (Myers) & Ken Roberts