Rebecca Howe Barrett
1925 ~ 2016

How 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, 1945.

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 sisters!

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.

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