Obituary of Barbara J. Hedden
Barbara was born October 11, 1932, in Tacoma, Washington, to Ray and Edna Sweet. She passed away April 27, 2023. She grew up in the Tacoma/Kent area, graduating from Fife High School in 1950.
Barbara married Ken Hedden on June 15, 1951, in Fife, Washington, and they moved to Palmer, Alaska. In 1953, they moved to Tenino, Washington, to establish Hedden’s Pharmacy and to raise their family.
Barbara loved her family, traveling, sewing, baking, collecting recipes, and spending winters at her home in Yuma, Arizona. She was a member of Olympia Chapter and Past Grand Matron of Washington Order of Eastern Star. She was also a member of South Thurston County Historical Society, Tenino Wooden Money Society, the United Churches of Olympia, and a 75-year member of East Hill Grange.
Surviving Barbara are her children, Shirley (Duane) Johnson, Dale, Brian (Robin), Janet Hedden, and Carol (Rick) Erickson; grandchildren, Ken (Josie) Johnson, Kristin Gayle, Brent (Crystal) Hedden, Laura (Carl Jonientz) Hedden, Marc (Randi Nandyal) Hedden, Ryan (Hunter) Erickson; and great-grandchildren, Chloe, Carly and Kyra Johnson, Zooey Gayle, Carter and Avery Hedden; and siblings, Jerry (Gailwyn) Sweet, Roger Sweet and Marilyn Anderson. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Ken, and her parents.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at The United Churches, 110 11th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA 88501 on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tenino Depot Museum, PO Box 339, Tenino, WA 98589 or to Ballet Northwest, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, at PO Box 2888, Olympia, WA 98507.
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