Barbara grew up in Carson, Wash. and graduated from Stevenson High School. After high school Barbara left Carson to work for a paper mill in Camas, Wash. While working for the paper mill Barbara was assigned to the lab where she thoroughly enjoyed her job as the “Paper Strength Tester.” She would often share fond memories of her time there.
After leaving the paper mill Barbara returned to Carson, Wash. where she started working at St. Martin's Hot Springs. At the Hot Springs she met Bea Deacan who was a regular there. Bea told her that she had someone she thought she should meet. Bea introduced her to ranch hand Chet Robbins. Chet quickly became the love of her life. They eloped to Reno, Nevada and married February 25, 1947. They recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. They made their first home in Jewell, Ore. where Chet joined his father and brothers in the logging industry. While in Jewell, Barbara and Chet had three children, two sons and one daughter. In 1955 they moved to Point Arena, Calif. where Chet, his father, and brothers started a sawmill. Barbara and Chet had one more daughter there. In 1963 the family moved to Trout Creek where they purchased a ranch, raised cattle, and raised their children.
Barbara was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. Barbara had an amazing yard with beautiful flowers and an abundant garden that she shared with family and friends. Many people would stop and admire her large yard with all the beautiful flowers and the white fence. She was a wonderful cook. Her grandchildren would always find a full cookie jar when they visited. After the children were grown you could find Barbara in the hay fields raking hay from dawn to dusk while Chet mowed and baled.
The last few years of Barbara’s life were spent at the Clark Fork Valley Long Term Care where Chet joined her. Their love and devotion to each other was witnessed by all who lived and visited there. Most evenings Barbara and Chet could be seen eating ice cream together that Chet lovingly fed to her. Her children and grandchildren were truly blessed to have her as a role model who demonstrated honesty, hard work, generosity, kindness, and humbleness.
She is survived by her sons, Gerry (Sue) Robbins of Trout Creek and John (Terrie) Robbins of Modesto Calif.; daughters, Teri Hathaway of Quinault Wash. and Dorothy Mitchell of Keizer, Ore.; nine grandchildren, Lynn Hale, Kathy Fowler, Shad Albano, Mike Robbins, Brent Robbins, Stacy Redfield, Jennifer Haggard, Matthew Robbins, and Tamera Grayson; 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Peggy Ashworth of Billings; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bob and Connie Robbins of Potlatch, Idaho, Larry and Lila Bair of Forest Grove, Ore., Anna Marie Robbins of Spokane, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester "Chet" Richard Robbins and parents John Eric Larson and Dorothy Elizabeth Anderson.
A Mother holds her children’s hands for a while but their hearts forever.
There will be a celebration of Barbara's life at the Trout Creek Community Church Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m. Graveside services will follow at the Whitepine Cemetery and reception following at the Trout Creek Community Church.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.