Barbara Jean Edwards, a resident of Woodlake for nearly 60 years, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was 72.
Barb was born November 14, 1942, in Huntington Beach. When she was in fifth grade, she moved with her family to Woodlake where her father was a pharmacist who owned and operated Woodlake Drug Store. She graduated from Woodlake High School in 1960 and attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia.
Barb worked in the main office at Woodlake High School for 45 years. In 1962, she was hired as a clerk, but when she retired in 2007, she was the administrative office manager and the go-to person at the high school.
Barb was honored several times for her dedication and service to Woodlake High School and her community. She was named Tulare County Administrative Employee of the Year, Woodlake High School Classified Employee of the Year and, in 2007, was named Woodlake’s Woman of the Year.
Barb was a charter member of the Visalia Rockettes drill team. This group just celebrated their 50th year as an award-winning equine drill team.
She loved animals, cats and dogs, but horses were her favorite. Her first adventure upon retirement was to buy a horse.
Barb is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald; mother Virginia Painter; three sons, Alan, Mike and wife Patty, and Ryan and wife Kelly; four grandchildren; her three sisters; several nieces and nephews; and her dear friend of 45 years, Louise Achenbach of Woodlake.
Contributions can be made to Woodlake High School Foundation (P.O. Box 475; Woodlake, CA 93286), St. Clement’s Daycare (498 N. Valencia; Woodlake, CA 93286), or The Cat House on the Kings, California’s largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center (www.cathouseonthekings.com).
A funeral service was held September 16 at Woodlake’s First Presbyterian Church with burial at Woodlake Cemetery.