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06/06/1927 — 07/12/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Medical Springs, OR
Barbara Louene Johnson was born June 6, 1927 at the rural home of her grandparents near Medical Springs, Oregon to parents Vernon W. and Leta L. (Wirth) Johnson.
Barbara grew up on the Johnson family farm at Keating, Oregon with her brothers, Elwyn and George Johnson. Life on the farm included after school chores: filling the woodboxes on the back porch, helping with the milking and helping her mother with the cooking, dishwashing, etc.
She and her brothers attended two different one room schools (Mountain View and Pleasant View) through the 8th grade, riding horseback to school until Goldie, the horse, died. Then walking the two miles. Beginning in 9th grade she rode a school bus, a 1929 Dodge known as the “Keating cracker box” about 25 miles to Baker, Oregon to junior high and high school. Following graduation from high school Barbara enrolled at Eastern Oregon College of Education where she did a two-year secretarial science program followed by a degree in Education.
In 1950 she married George W. McIntyre in LaGrande, Oregon. They lived in Baker a few years where their daughter, Michele, and son, Jim were born. The family moved to Kennewick in 1956 and Barbara taught in Kennewick until the birth of their 2nd daughter, Teresa, in 1959.
When Richland incorporated and non-Hanford employees could find housing, they moved to Richland where she has made her home since 1961. She taught primary grades at the “Old” Sacajawea Elementary and then in 1970 moved to the “New” Sacajawea, retiring in 1986.
After retiring she spent much of her time doing family research and writing family histories. She traveled extensively for about a decade. Wherever either she or her friend, Margaret, said “I’d like to go…” they were on their way: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji; New England, Canadian Maritime, Morocco, most of the United States. Also cruises of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
She has been a Red Cross blood services volunteer, and active participant at her church, her P.E.O. chapter, and lineage organizations, Colonial Dames XVII Century and DAR.
Barbara was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents, husband, George McIntyre, and brother Elwyn Johnson.
She is survived by her children: Michele A. (Michael) Smith, James M. (Kim) McIntyre, Teresa D. (Robert) Harrington; grandchildren Carmen Cady, Robert and Tyler Harrington, Sarah Rogers, Kyle and Steve McIntyre and 9 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Barbara’s name to the Tri-City Retired Educators scholarship fund, Shalom United Church of Christ, or any other charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be help at Einan’s Funeral Home on Friday, September 1st at 1:00pm.
Mrs McIntyre was my first-grade teacher at Sacajawa in 1973. She gave me a well-deserved gentle paddle spanking in front of the class for making a tank out of my milk carton. Many years later she would later draw my blood donating her time at the Red Cross. Honor to have known her. She did more than her part. RIP.
I knew Barbara through Delta Kappa Gamma, the honorary society for women educators. I still remember the delicious jellies she would make and donate for our scholarship fund raising auctions. She gave me advice on genealogical research. She was always pleasant; I would try to sit by her at all our meetings!
I was so shocked and saddened to read of Barbara’s death. I had just talked to her and was making plans for the future. Barbara and my mother, Mildred Bell, taught together at Sacajawea for many years and became good friends. Their friendship continued after retirement for both of them and they shared many great memories together. I got the privilege of being a part of some of those times and I too have wonderful memories of Barbara. She was a smart, interesting lady. After relocating back to Richland I reconnected and corresponded with her and visited her at Riverton.
I will miss Barbara and our talks and visits we had. She left her mark. Thanks, Barbara, for the input you gave into my life for about 60 years. You are appreciated and missed. Fly with the angels and I will see you soon.
She was my first grade teacher at the new Sacagawea school. I appreciate all she did for us.