Barbara Lee McKirdy, age 82, of Blackfoot, Idaho, passed away at EIRMC, surrounded by family, from complications of cancer and heart disease on September 2, 2018.
Barbara was born December 8, 1935, in Newberry, California, to John and Margaret (Midge) Hughes. Barbara’s family moved to Yoncalla, Oregon, when she was young and she attended school in Yoncalla.
Barbara married Nathan Turner on March 31, 1952; they had four children, Jennette, Clint, Mike and Linda. They were later divorced. She married Keith MCKirdy on August 11, 1962. She then became the step-mother to six children, Tommy, Suzie, Kelly, Mary, Chris and Donna. Together they added one more son, Keith Jr.
Keith and Barbara moved their family from Elkton, Oregon, to Terrebonne, Oregon, in 1966, they lived there until a move to Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1983. While in Alaska, Keith worked on “The Haul Road” for the State of Alaska Highway Department and they lived in various work camps before moving to North Pole, Alaska. Barbara loved her time in Alaska. She and Keith spent many hours fishing for halibut and salmon in the Pacific Ocean. During the summer her grandkids would take turns flying to Alaska to visit. Keith and Barbara found great joy in taking the kids fishing and showing them their adopted state.
Barbara was an avid quilter making many quilts for family and friends and was working on one for her grandson, Bill, at the time of her death. She also did a lot of embroidery, giving beautiful embroidered pillow cases to friends and family.
Barbara was a member of Christ Country Cowboy Church and her family has the comfort and peace of knowing that she was saved and that Jesus has called her home.
Barbara is survived by her daughter Jennette (Mike) Layng of Blackfoot, Idaho; son, Mike Turner of Battle Mountain, Nevada; daughter, Linda Elliott of Battle Mountain, Nevada; son, Keith (Connie) MCKirdy of Battle Mountain, Nevada; step-daughter, Suzie (Mark) Peterson of Jacksonville, Oregon; step-son, Kelly (Brooke) MCKirdy of Seaside, Oregon; step-daughter, Mary Meadows of Toledo, Oregon; step-son, Chris (Lorrie) Rayburn of Curtain, Oregon; and step-daughter, Donna (Leo) Rood of Snohomish, Washington. Barbara was blessed with 20 grand-children and 36 great-grand-children.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Hughes; sons, Clint Turner and Tommy MCKirdy; grand-daughter, Summer Turner; step-father, Ray Sauser; mother, Midge Sauser; and husband, Keith MCKirdy.
Funeral services will be held at Christ Country Cowboy Church, 129 East 200 North, Blackfoot, Idaho, on September 12, 2018, at 4:00 p. m. under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home. The family will meet with friends an hour before the service at the church.
A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2018, at Smith, Lund, Mills Funeral Home in Cottage Grove, OR. A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Applegate Family Cemetery in Yoncalla, Oregon. There will be a luncheon for friends and family following each service.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com