Barbara (Wheeler) Wolff
Barbara (Wheeler) Wolff, age 79, of Cashmere, WA, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2014. Barbara lived a full and interesting life centered on her many friends, family and having an adventure or two. She lived by the Golden Rule, “We must treat others as we wish others to treat us.” She loved being with her friends, whether at a concert, volunteering, a hike, a game of Bridge or a trip somewhere new.
Her Memorial Service will be on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel at the Sleeping Lady Resort (7375 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826), with a reception for her friends following.
She was born on February 6, 1934, to Don and Olive Wheeler in Lansing, MI. After graduating from Eastern High School, she attended Michigan State University, where she obtained a BA in History. As a member of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, she founded a KKG chapter at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, where she also earned a MA in Sociology. Barbara lived in Socorro, NM and Riverton, WY, before moving to Washington State in 1963. She moved to the North Central Washington region in 1970, and lived in both Waterville and Cashmere. Barbara worked for Liberty Orchards, the United Way of Chelan and Douglas County, and Consumer Credit Counseling while being very active in her community. She was an elected member of the Cashmere City Council for eight years. She also served on the Board of Directors for the North Central Washington Library and the Douglas County Parks Board and volunteered with Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, the Cashmere School District, Wenatchee Valley Senior Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Cashmere Museum, Family Planning Association of Chelan-Douglas Counties, and Meals-On-Wheels. A long-time member of the Waterville chapter of PEO, she also enjoyed singing in the Cashmere United Method Church choir. Barbara loved to travel and see new places. She traveled throughout Europe, the UK, and Canada and enjoyed many, many trips in the United States. An annual journey with her children to the family cottage on Lake Arbutus in northern Michigan was integral in her life. She was an avid hiker and loved the great outdoors.
Barbara is survived by her children and their spouses: Jesse and Molly Wolff of Englewood, CO; Drew Wolff and Noelle Cooper of Bainbridge Island, WA; and Anna Wolff of Spring, TX; as well as her loving sister, Mrs. Janice Tinker and her husband, Tom of Buchanan Dam, TX. Barbara enjoyed her five grandchildren (all boys) and five nieces and nephews. Her parents, Don and Olive Wheeler, preceded her in death.
Memorials are preferred to: Compassion International or the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.