Barbara L Ekholm, a dedicated homemaker, loving wife, and mother, passed away on August 7, 2023. She was surrounded by loved ones in her final moments. Born on September 20, 1946, Barbara lived a life filled with kindness, selflessness, and laughter.
Barbara's career primarily revolved around her role as a homemaker, caring for her family with unwavering devotion. However, later in life, she also held various positions that allowed her to continue serving others. She worked at Yogurt Plus in the Lewis County Mall and served as an Administrative/Teacher's Aide in the Adna School District. She also worked as an Office Assistant at Harvey's in Spokane and took on the role of handling medical billing for Providence.
She attended Central Valley High School, graduating in 1964. Her thirst for knowledge and love for learning were evident throughout her life.
Describing Barbara's personality is easy: kind. Countless people would agree that kindness defined her character. Even while facing challenging circumstances, such as caring for her husband after his motorcycle accident and attending to her bedridden mother battling cancer, Barbara continued to care for her three young children with immense love. In addition to shouldering these responsibilities, she served as RS president in their ward—a testimony to her unwavering dedication to serving others. With a perpetual smile adorning her face, Barbara embodied Christlike love and service.
Beyond kindness, Barbara possessed a wonderful sense of humor that brought joy to those around her. She had a talent for making others laugh and enjoyed engaging friends in long phone conversations. On hot days, she would often instigate water fights—a testament to an adventurous spirit and a willingness to embrace simple pleasures.
Sewing was one of Barbara's cherished hobbies; she lovingly made clothes for her family. Her skill extended to the art of quilting, and each grandchild was gifted with a hand-quilted baby quilt. Additionally, she found solace and delight in reading, with Jane Eyre holding a special place in her heart. Shopping trips and cherished moments spent with family completed her list of hobbies and interests. Above all, Barbara took immense pride in her family and worked tirelessly to create a happy and nurturing home that would shape her children's lives.
Barbara's eternal companion, Donald A Ekholm, preceded her in death. She leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion survived by her children: Alvin Ekholm (Kristina Ekholm), Teresa Ekholm, Diana Crossley (Dustin Crossley), grandchildren: Heather & Zach Hill, Jeffrey Ekholm, Stephanie Ekholm, Joshua Ekholm, Kaylee & Colton Hanson, Kendra & Garrett Dubois, Megan & Jordan Harries, Brayden Crossley, Landon Crossley; great-grandchildren: Matthew Hill, Ellie Hill, Maci Ekholm; brother Alan Frandsen (Leanne Frandsen) and their children Nate, Ben, Amelia, & Elisabeth.
Friends and family are invited to join in remembering the remarkable life of Barbara L Ekholm during the scheduled services. A visitation will be held on August 19th, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 2112 W Francis Ave in Spokane. Following the visitation will be the funeral service commencing at 10:30 AM at the same location. The interment will take place at Spokane Memorial Gardens from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM. The cemetery is located at 5909 Cheney Spokane Rd in Spokane.
Barbara L Ekholm will be fondly remembered for her limitless kindness that touched the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know her. Her legacy lives on in the hearts of her family and friends as they cherish the memories they shared. Farewell to a remarkable woman whose life was a testament to love, service, and laughter.