Barbara Kay Webb Anderson, 75, passed away January 29, 2013, in Baker City, Ore. at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center.
She was born August 20, 1937, to Lois Buske and Millard Wesley Webb. She graduated in 1955 from Crater High School, Central Point, Ore. She attended Abilene Christian College for three years then moved to Seattle and worked at Boeing. She married Eric B. Anderson June 16, 1963, in Medford, Ore. In the early 1970s, she and Eric left Boeing and attended Southern Oregon School of Education in Ashland, Ore., where they completed their degrees in education. They taught for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico and South Dakota before being transferred to Alaska, first at Hooper Bay, then Chevak, and Fortuna Ledge (Marshall.) They retired in 1990 and moved to Anchorage. In the early 2000s they moved to Richland, Ore., and later to a house on a mountain between Richland and Baker City.
Barbara was a devoted teacher which included many out-of-class hours helping students learn skills that were outside the curriculum. She taught elementary students, but also taught various high school business courses. She was a caring friend with a tender heart that propelled her into action on behalf of people in need, friend or not. She loved books and was an avid reader all of her life, which accounted for her extensive vocabulary that she used effectively to express her special and unique sense of humor. She struggled with two hip and knee replacements, so she was regular at YMCA water exercise classes in Baker City.
Barbara had a passion for animals and always had at least two dogs. While living in Alaskan villages, she once rescued seven dogs which she named The Chain Gang. She was often the recipient of animals needing extra TLC and rarely turned down the opportunity to love an animal back to health. Later, in Eastern Oregon, she adopted several feral cats that were living under a house she and Eric bought and faithfully fed her porch critters, chipmunks, squirrels, Stellar Jays, and hummingbirds.
Barbara was preceded in death by both her parents; her brother, Cletis Wayne Webb; and husband, Eric B. Anderson. She is survived by Eric's sister, Virginia King; and Clete's widow, Dorothy; her beloved pets; and many devoted friends scattered around the world.