Barbara Jean Hoover, 91, a lifelong Skagit County resident, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018. She was born on May 21, 1927 in Sedro-Woolley, WA, the daughter of Albert and Hazel (Rhynard) DeBay.
Barbara was raised in Clear Lake and Sedro-Woolley. She attended grade school in Clear Lake and graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School with the class of 1946.
On April 26, 1948 she was united in marriage to Wayne “Jack” Hoover of Concrete, WA. They made their home in Concrete raising their three sons in “the house that Jack built.” Barbara lived in their home for over 61 years.
Barbara was a dedicated wife and mother. Barbara and Jack were great supporters of their sons. They missed very few (if any) sporting events throughout the eight year span of their three sons’ high school activities…both home and away! Over the years she made many friends while being involved in the community as a Cub Scout Den Mother (7 years), a member of the American Legion Auxiliary (64 years), Concrete Garden Club, United General Hospital Guild, Elks, Concrete Heritage Museum and Concrete Senior Center.
Barbara was mostly a “stay-at-home mom” while raising her family. When kids grew up and moved on, she and Jack operated the town liquor store from 1971 to 1990.
During retirement, as members of the Elks travel club, Barbara and Jack traveled to many different locations over the years. She and Jack also enjoyed being snowbirds spending many winters with friends in Yuma, AZ. Watching and supporting her grandchildren in their activities was also very important. Barbara was also a huge Seattle Mariners Fan.
Barbara is survived by her sons and their wives, Lee and Maggi Hoover of Edmonds, Les and Becki Hoover of Concrete and Larry Hoover of Concrete; as well as four grandchildren, Karissa Sokol, Brianna Jacobs, and Brandon and Mason Hoover; seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Bodey and Adia Jacobs, Kaden and Kai Sokol, and Beckett and Madden Hoover and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Hazel; step-father, Joe Nemo; brothers, Robert, Ray and Roy and husband, Wayne “Jack” Hoover.
The Hoover family wishes to extend a special “Thank You” to Maggie Silverman, of Visiting Angels, whose weekly visits always put a smile on Barbara’s face.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Concrete with a reception to follow. Memorials are suggested to the Concrete Heritage Museum, PO Box 445, Concrete, WA 98237 or Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, PO Box 567, Concrete, WA 98237. Please share your memories of Barbara and sign the online guest register.