do you summarize 90-plus years of living and loving in a
few paragraphs? Especially the life of Rebecca Howe Barrett.
What a fun, adorable, resilient darling she was to her husband
Dale who worshipped her, to her daughters Renae and Connie
who cherished her, and to the many family members and friends
who enjoyed her!
Our cute mom was born at home on October
15, 1925 in Arimo, Idaho, creating an even dozen children
in Rebecca and Fred Howe’s household! (Our uncle Lloyd
came along 5 years later to bring the number to 13, a baker’s
dozen!) Mom reaped the advantages and the disadvantages
of being at the tail end of a large family. She could sometimes
get away with mischief, and she was often spoiled by her
loving sister Wyoma; but she was also the focus of teasing
by her older brothers, especially Reed and Russell. Nevertheless,
she thought the world of them, and they loved her in tender
ways that she never forgot.
The Great Depression was the backdrop
of Mom’s childhood, and she spent her teens supporting
the home-front during World War II. After graduating from
Arimo High In 1943 where she was active in the marching
band and editor of the school newspaper, she went to work
counting ration stamps for Kraft Foods in Pocatello. While
there, she became friends with Margaret Barrett who was
instrumental in starting her “on the road to happiness"
when she introduced Mom to her brother Henry Dale Barrett.
Her “heart literally stopped when [she] saw this tall,
handsome man in uniform get out of the car and come towards
[her]”. After dancing the night away at the student
union building at Idaho State College, he took her back
to the car where he kissed her and asked, “Where have
you been all my life?” Three days later, her soldier
proposed marriage, and after two and a half months, Mom
took the train to Champaign, Illinois where Daddy was stationed,
and married the “love of her life” on June 1,
After Dad’s discharge from the Army-Air
Corps, the two lovebirds settled in Pocatello, Idaho where
Renae and Connie were born, thus creating our little family.
They spoiled us with so much love and all the advantages
they could provide. Mom worked for Idaho Bank and Trust
and then Idaho Farm Bureau to finance the spoiling. She
was so proud of us, and we never wanted to disappoint her.
Those were such precious years.
In 1966, Daddy was transferred to Portland, Oregon and then
to Stockton, California. Eventually, they moved to Southern
California when Dad joined another company. These were rough
years for our dear mom, and she had to overcome hard challenges,
but overcome she did with the love and support of her sweet
Dale. Blessings followed especially when they retired in
Sun Lakes Active Adult Community in Banning, California.
While living there, the two danced and golfed and traveled.
When Daddy’s health began to fail,
Mom wanted to move closer to her girls, and after two years
in St. George, Utah, she decided that wasn’t close
enough. In 2004, she and Daddy moved to American Fork, just
a few miles from each of us. We thank her for venturing
to cold northern Utah so we could enjoy and serve Daddy
and her as they wound down their lives here on earth. Daddy
left us in 2007, but Mom stayed for eight and a half more
years so that we could grow even closer through many joyful
activities with her and tender service to her. We went to
lunches and dinners together, and we especially loved attending
plays at the Hale Center Theater for seven seasons. Mom
immensely enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren
as well as playing cards with her friends every Thursday
afternoon at Timpanogos Village. In between times, Betty
and Lilly, her furry Maltese-Shiatzu “babies”
kept her company so she was never alone.
As her health declined, Mommy decided
she had been away from her honey long enough and went home
to him on Friday, February 5, 2016, the golden anniversary
of their temple sealing. We know their love and dedication
to each other, as well as their spiritual growth over the
years, have bound them for eternity. We relish the vision
of their happiness in being together again and the gigantic
reunion of seeing her parents, eight brothers, and three
In the meantime on earth, Mom will be
greatly missed by those of us here: Her younger brother
Lloyd Howe, her sisters-in-law Margaret Howe and Jackie
Barrett, her girls Renae (Gary) Salisbury, Connie (Randy)
Gehring; 9 grandchildren – Chad (Susan) Gehring, Christopher
(Kendle) Salisbury, Matthew (Colette) Gehring, Andrew (Lisa)
Salisbury, Brooke (Eric) Richardson, Joseph (Kara) Salisbury,
Anne (Paul) Radcliffe, Scott (Nicole) Gehring, and Timothy
Salisbury. Twenty-seven great grandchildren will also miss
their visits to Grandma Becky as well as many nieces and
nephews whom she loved so very much.
We greatly appreciate our darling husbands,
Gary and Randy, for their love and service to Mom. They
did everything from hauling garbage and repairing damages
to walking the puppies and chauffeuring her to doctors’
appointments. They also kept our homes in order while we
were partying with Mom.
Finally, we thank the wonderful staff
at Bel-Aire Senior Living Center who tenderly cared for
her over the past seven weeks as well as Brighton Hospice.
They took care of both her physical and emotional needs
with such love and kindness. These folks made a difficult
situation better for us all.
To Mom: We hope this little tribute meets
with your approval and makes you smile. We adore you and
sure do miss you!! Big hugs and loves, Nae and Connie B.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday,
February 13, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Warenski Funeral Home
Chapel, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah. Family
and friends may call Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00
am prior to services. Interment will be at the Highland
City Cemetery, 6200 West 11000 North, Highland, Utah.