Barbara died peacefully with her daughter, Carolin, by her side on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 due to complications of Multiple Sclerosis, which first manifested its signs in 1973. Barbara was a resident of Rocky Mountain-Willow Springs Care Center in Tooele, Utah for the last 13 years. Prior to that, she was a resident of Canyon Hills Care Center in Nephi, Utah for 12 years. Barbara our “little bird, porcelain doll” had a quick sense of humor, a smile on her face, and welcomed any and all who came near with her call of, “Hello!” She maintained her sense of humor up to her last breath, demonstrating grace and dignity through the help of her caregivers.
Barbara was born in Park City, Utah on April 30, 1948 and graduated from Wasatch High School in 1966 with honors. While attending the University of Utah and working for the superintendent of Shops and Utilities, she met her future husband, T. Earl Andrews. They were married May 24, 1968 in the Salt Lake Temple with their sealing officiated by Elder Harold B. Lee. They divorced in 1990, but remained friends. Barbara was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As they moved around the country, Barbara held various callings. She taught Sunday School in Portsmouth, RI; Stockton, CA; and Cottonwood Heights, UT. She served as Primary President in Key West, FL and taught Seminary and Young Womens for three years in Moberly, MO.
As she lived in different states, Mom kept herself busy by modeling for various stores in Florida, California, and Missouri. In Moberly, MO she worked for Mid-Missouri Mental Health and Planned Parenthood. In addition she taught the SHED reading program to needy children in the area and was honored by the Sisters of St. Pius X Catholic School for working with their students.
Despite frequent moves, Barbara maintained her drive to complete her education to obtain her degree from the University of Utah. She took classes at various universities and colleges, comparing course descriptions and then transferring her credits back to the U of U. The importance of an education was not wasted. Her daughter, Carolin, watched and learned from Barbara, which instilled a love for learning and Carolin’s drive to further her own education. Once settled in Cottonwood Heights, Barbara completed her Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Studies-Humanities. Her senior project consisted of lobbying the Utah State Legislature for Child Restraints and seat belt laws. The law was passed. She crossed the stage and accepted her diploma in 1984. We are still so proud of Mom and her accomplishment.
Barbara was an accomplished seamstress from an early age and was not afraid of hard work, even when held back by her body. She was a social butterfly with soft, silky skin and hair. She loved many things: Mountain Dew, Kit Kat bars, piano music, singing, silly jokes, and (more recently) selfies. She also passed on, by example, her commitment to not leave a conversation with a bad tone and keep those she loved laughing with her perfect comedic timing. Much of her life was lived vicariously by our coming to her to share our recordings and photos, telling about our journeys in elaborate detail as she hung on every word. She earned her Mickey Mouse ears from Disney World and Minnie Mouse ears from Disneyland. One of her yearly highlights was the Stansbury High School Marching Band, marching and playing through the halls for the 4th of July and other musical events from students donating their time and talents.
Barbara/Mom what you have taught by example is difficult to achieve even with a healthy body: you did it with restrictions and limitations. You achieved your ultimate dream of becoming the mother and grandmother you wanted to be. Barbara is an inspiration for love of family, individuals, friendship, loyalty, and love of God. You certainly earned the phrase, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
Barbara was the mother of R. Carolin Quist (Erik), Stansbury Park, UT and Thomas Edward Andrews (Ruth), Lompac, CA. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Maddison Andrews, James Quist, Ashtyn Andrews, and Gavin Andrews. Survived by sister L. Catherine Edwards (Norris), Cedar City, UT and brother Glen A. Dover (Janet), West Valley, UT. Preceded in death by daughter Kimberly Andrews, and parents Walter Allen and Julia Caroline Dover.
An Open House service will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Overlake 3rd Ward, 1717 Berra Blvd., Tooele, UT 84074 in the Relief Society Room. Funeral arrangements with Goff Mortuary in Midvale, UT. A special thanks to Dr. Trudel, Rocky Mountain Hospice, and everyone that works, lives, or visits the care center. Additional thanks to the Overlake 3rd Ward and friends.