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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Barbara Solwold Memorial
Barbara Solwold Memorial

Barbara Solwold

Barbara Solwold

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Barbara LeAnn Solwold, 73, of Burlington, passed away in her home on November 17, 2020, following a short battle with cancer.  She was able to stay at home, surrounded by her family, until the end, and passed peacefully from this world.

She was born on June 24, 1947, to Lloyd and Norma Edson, and never lived outside of Skagit County.  In 1966, she married her high school sweetheart, Bruce Solwold, with whom she shared 54 years of happy marriage.

Barbara retired from the Burlington-Edison school district after 30 years of service, the majority of which was spent at the high school as the head cook in the central kitchen.

Her greatest joy in life was her family, and nothing gave her greater pleasure than when they all came together for the holidays and special occasions.  She enjoyed travel, cooking, sewing and collecting teddy bears.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce; daughter, Becki and son-in-law, Mike; son, Brad and daughter-in-law Trudi; granddaughters, Hannah and Haylea; brother, Roger (Judy); along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Honoring Barbara’s wishes, there will be no public memorial service.  However, the family would love to hear your thoughts and memories of Barbara by signing the online guest register.


  • Terry and Linda Mahaffey

    Barb was a loving and kind person and we will always carry her in our hearts. Hopefully you can draw from your memories and each other for support.
    We’re imagining Barb with her Mom and Dad, Gram and Grandpa, my Mom and all the other friends and family who have gone before us.

  • Annie Hernanadez

    Jerry and I were saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. Her and Bruce were our neighbors for more than 20 years and we shared some good times together. They became like family to us and our children. I still picture her coming home from work, always wearing her apron. I cherish so many of her recipes, mostly her desserts that I have shared with my friends and family. I regret our path’s didn’t cross more in the last few years, but we will always cherish those many wonderful years living next to them. She was a special lady!!!

  • Kathy Lyons

    First of all our condolences to Bruce and family on the loss of Barb. We are neighbors who live in the Farmington Square Community. Many times in the past I would be coming back from my garden where I would stop to chat with Bruce and Barb as they’d quite often be sitting in their garage on nice summer afternoons/early evenings. I was always pleased to share my “bounty” of cherry tomatoes with both Bruce and Barb. Quite often Bruce would remark how much Barb enjoyed those tomatoes and was so pleased to know how much she liked them. Will fondly remember those many visits.
    With Sympathy
    Kathy & Pat Lyons

  • Anna Shepler

    Just seeing her picture here shows her wonderful smile! So sad to hear of her passing. I worked with Barb at school and always enjoyed working with her. She had a great work ethic and a beautiful spirit. She loved her family so much and spoke about you all often.

  • Mike Miller

    Barb was a wonderful addition to the Burlington-Edison High School cafeteria. She always had a smile on her face and exhibited a warm personality and love towards the students. . She truly made a difference.

  • Karen Whitehair Olsen

    So sorry to hear of Barbs passing. We were good friends during our school years. I knew her and her family well back then. I remember going hunting with the family . Barb and I stayed at the motel. She was well liked by everyone. Prayers to Bruce and family. Hold the memories close. Remember the great lives you shared.

  • Mike Miller

    Three weeks ago we had no idea we would not be celebrating the holidays with Barb. This was her favorite time of year and she loved spoiling everyone at Christmas as well as putting about 5 pounds on each one of us at Thanksgiving! Your door was always open and you always made me feel like family from the time we met, and I am very grateful for that. No doubt, life will not be the same without you Barb but your love for all of us will be felt for the rest of our lives and I was so lucky to have you as my mother in law. Fly with angels

  • Ben Nungesser

    I am just in shock hearing about the loss of Barbara…my deepest condolences to Bruce, Becky and Brad.

  • DENNIS H Pratt

    So sorry for your families loss. Lean on your family Bruce for the support you need to get thru this troubled time. Our prayers and best wishes are with you.
    Dennis and Cheryl Pratt

  • Heather Middleton

    I met Barb 7 years ago at a Christmas party with Brad and Trudi. She was always smiling. I didn’t know her very well but I love her son and daughter in law and her granddaughters. My heart goes out to all of the people who loved her. Sending special prayers for Bruce.

  • Sue Thramer

    I’m so sad to hear of Barb’s passing, she was such a wonderful person. My heart goes out to you Bruce and your family.

  • Mary Stailey Jensen

    I am truly sorry for your loss of Barb. I have known Barb since grade school where we used to go to Birthday parties at her parent’s house in Allen. More recently she would join the Class of 1965 ladies luncheons which were always a lot of fun.
    Thanks to Hannah for tagging Barb on FB the day Barb passed otherwise a lot of us would not know we lost a wonderful lady.

  • Ashlee Edson

    Some of my best childhood memories were Thanksgiving and Christmas at Aunt barbs everyone will miss you dearly ❤️

  • Greg Hinton

    So sorry to learn of your loss Bruce.
    I know how tough it is having lost my Sue 20 years ago.
    Cherish the memories you two had and reach out to your kids regularly and give those grandkids hugs as often as you can!

  • Kimmie Edson

    Love and warm prayers to all her family. Barb will be greatly missed. She had such a warm heart and made everyone feel so welcome. She touched the hearts of everyone, I know she did mine. ♥
    Miss and Love you Aunt Barb ❤
    Again my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Marilyn chandler

    We are very sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. It was seeing her every day at lunch time made you know she loved to work with kids. She will always be a sweet memory of BEHS as “The Lunch Lady.” Marilyn and Gerald Chandler