Barbara Ford

BELLINGHAM — Barbara S. Ford, 89, passed away quietly at the Mt. Baker Care Center in Bellingham, Washington on Jan. 13, 2019, with her loving family by her side. Barbara was the daughter of Betsy and Curtis Sanderson and was born in DeKalb, Ill. She had a brother, Challuce, and a sister, Lorraine.

Barbara retired after nearly 40 years as a registered medical technologist. She worked in various clinics and hospitals all over the U.S. Barbara was an accomplished writer. She wrote a syndicated column “Whimsey” for the Winona Daily News for nearly two decades.

Barbara lived in Naselle for about six years while her husband was the pastor of Naselle Lutheran Church. Barbara and Martin loved the people there and forever treasured their friendships and memories made.

Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Chaplain (LTC/Ret. US Army) Martin M. Ford. She is survived by her six children, 18 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

A committal service will be held on Feb. 11, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Memorials can be made to one of the following two organizations: Naselle Lutheran Church, 308 Knappton Rd., Naselle, WA. 98638 or The Ferndale Endowment c/o Whatcom County Library Foundation, 5205 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226.

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