Barbara June Stinson
Sept. 16, 1930-Oct. 27, 2018

“In tribute to a life lived well to the fullest. She was known for her gentle, sweet spirit and smiling friendliness and was loved by many. She has touched our lives in that she is an integral part woven into the very fabric of it over time …representing what is good and kind and right.”

Born in Scotia, she was a fifty-plus year resident of the town in it’s “glory days” where she resided with her husband, Kenneth, and raised their family. Always an integral part of the community, she was active with PTA, Campfire Girls, the Sequoia Bridge Club, various bowling leagues, dance clubs and fire department social activities. Barbara worked at the bank in town for many years until retirement when she and Ken then moved to their home in Hydesville. They enjoyed many years of salmon fishing on their boat “The Queen B” and traveling and camping together in their trailer until he passed in 1996. In later years, aside from being an avid reader and bridge player, Barbara liked gardening and her volunteer work with children at Hydesville and Toddy Thomas elementary schools, reading to them and being a pen-pal. She also enjoyed reading and sharing grammy hugs with the littles at her granddaughter Brenna’s daycare and earned the special title there of “Grammy B,” which was usually accompanied by squeals of joy whenever she showed up!

Barbara often attended social events and activities with longtime friend Roberta Page. She also enjoyed and appreciated her friends/neighbors Jeanne Kitchen and Joanne Hancock, as well as all of her various card group ladies. She especially liked Fridays at the golf club playing cards. Oh … and lest we forget, Giants games on TV, any sort of travel, the ocean, Starbucks mocha frappuccino, and the young cute male doctors these days!

Barbara is survived by sister Marion Bramwell King of Texas, son Michael Stinson of Eureka, daughter Nancy Stinson-Lollich of Rio Dell, granddaughter Brenna Graham (Joe) and great-grandchildren Nathan, Madison and Blake of Fortuna, granddaughter Katelyn Lollich of Fortuna and numerous nieces, grand- and great-grandnieces and nephews.

Barbara passed away at Hospice House in Eureka following a three-week illness due to complications from surgery. Her daughter was by her side. She passed just as she had lived her life….with dignity and grace. Her wish was that any memorial be postponed until after the holidays. A celebration of life memorial will be at the Fortuna Methodist Church on 10th street at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2019 for all that knew her and wish to attend. Refreshments will be catered.


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