Barbara Olive Purrier Raber

Barbara Olive Purrier Raber

Barbara Raber left her earthly tent behind and entered her eternal heavenly home July 16, 2012 from her residence at Avamere at Waterford in Medford, Ore. She was 87 years old.

Barbara was born January 31, 1925, the fourth of five children, and second daughter of Harry Ruben Purrier and Mary Adele Butterfield. She was born in Burbank, Calif., and spent her childhood in Burbank and in Wimer, Ore. She moved to Wimer permanently in 1937 to live with her sister, Betty

Purrier Hillis.

In 1941, she began dating Roland Raber, the first and only love of her life. She graduated from Rogue River High School in 1943. During WWII, while Roland was in the Navy, Barbara lived in Vanport, Ore., with her future parents-in-law while she worked in Portland, Ore.

After WWII Barbara married Roland and returned to Southern Oregon, becoming a mother in 1954 when Deborah was born. She was an avid reader, and the family home was filled with books. During the 1970s and 1980s Barbara worked at Swem's Gifts in downtown Medford and at Taylor Sheet Metal. She completed her work career as the secretary at Central Point Community Bible Church.

Barbara was a member of the Jackson County Historical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also an avid rock hound and bird watcher, and joined her family on many hunting and fishing trips.

Barbara's husband of 66 years, Roland, preceded her in death earlier this year. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Raber of Hillsboro, Ore. Private interment has already occurred at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Evans Valley Bible Church,7924 East Evans Creek Road, Rogue River, Ore.

Barbara lived a long and blessed life. Her family thanks the staff at Eagle Cove, Avamere, Peace of Mind In-Home Care, and Providence Hospice for their friendship and care.

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