Former Anchorage resident Wilma Ione Barrett died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, surrounded by family and friends at the Cambridge Health Care Center in Cambridge, Minn. She was 94.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 9, at the Cambridge Heath Care Center.
Mrs. Barrett was born April 28, 1912, in Sheffield, Iowa, and her love of cooking for large groups was related back to her country roots. She moved from Arizona to Alaska with her husband, Wayne, in June 1961 in a 1955 Plymouth via the Alaska Highway with two adults, five children and a dog. Together they raised the five children, Ramon, JoAnne, Wayne Jr., Cheryl and Gregory. The couple enjoyed traveling and after Mr. Barrett’s retirement they moved to California, Arizona and Mississippi, ending up in Minnesota to be near their daughter, Cheryl, and her husband, Jim.
Mrs. Barrett was a homemaker for the majority of her life and one of her greatest loves was tending her flower garden, feeding the local squirrels and sharing lemon drops with all the grandchildren. After her children were grown, they opened their home to foster care, imparting their religious beliefs and values in the foster care area. She also spent several years serving as an election worker for her district in local, state and national elections in Anchorage.
Mrs. Barrett was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, in April 2003; sons, Wayne Jr. and Gregory; and granddaughter, Angie Herbert.
She is survived by her son, Ramon and his wife, Anne, of Kenai; daughter, JoAnne Skonberg and her husband, Rick, of Wasilla; daughter, Cheryl Bird and her husband, Jim, of Grandee, Minn.; daughter in-law, Dawn Barrett; grandchildren, Steve, Kenneth and Bobby Ziegler, Shannon Edens, Renee Bible, Karen Conti, Joe and Nick Barrett, Shane and Brandee Mahar and Jessie Bird; and 22 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cambridge Health Care Center toward the senior activities fund, 548 W. First Ave., Cambridge, MN 55008.
Local arrangements were made by by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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