Barbara Ann Hargrove-Yee, age 79, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, August 25th, 2019. Barbara was born March 29, 1940 in New York City to Elsie and Joe O’Connor. She graduated from Alfred University in Alfred, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a passion she carried with her throughout her life. Barbara spent her early years as a military wife and mother living in Europe and Africa before settling down in Dublin, Ohio, where she became that school system’s first school nurse. In addition, Barbara joined the Air Force Reserves in 1978 and served as a flight nurse with units in both Columbus, Ohio and Portland, Oregon. She retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel having served a tour in Desert Storm, receiving multiple meritorious service commendations. In 1989, Barbara moved to Washington, having married Mr. William Yee of North Bonneville. The couple moved to Stevenson in 1997 where Barbara continued working as a school nurse for Skamania County and ultimately serving as a public health nurse for the County. In addition to helping local pregnant teens and providing counseling and early intervention, Barbara organized the first HIV/Aids task force in Skamania and Klickitat counties providing outreach and education to Goldendale, White Salmon, Stevenson, and the surrounding areas. Barbara retired from the county in 2004.
Barbara was an active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Stevenson serving on the Nathe Fund, and was the coordinator of the Prayer Chain for the church community. Barbara also served on the Board of the Skamania County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. In her spare time, Barbara enjoyed gardening and found great joy in the beauty of flowers. Barbara lived life with passion and compassion and touched the lives of many on her journey.
Barbara was preceded in death by her first husband, John Hargrove, and is survived by her husband William Yee, daughter Suzanne Hargrove of Los Angeles, son James, and his wife Karen of Charlotte, North Carolina and her grandchildren Joseph, Mary Catherine, and Claire in addition to her aunt Edith Reichenbach, cousins Jeanne Pettit and Richard Reichenbach.
A celebratory mass will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Stevenson, Washington on Friday, August 30th at 11:00. A reception will follow at the church followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hood River, Oregon.