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Beth Barr

Beth Barr

When we remember Beth Lynelle Henke Benjamin Barr, a word that comes to mind is “strength.” She was strong in her faith, strong in her choices and decisions, and strong in her opinions, feelings, and views. It was that strength that helped her fight a 4 year-long battle with cancer, raise four active boys into exceptional men, and survive watching them, and her husband, go off to war and serve our country in battles all over the world. Beth was little, but she was a force. That’s one of the the qualities Carl fell in love with first. He knew he needed to marry a strong woman who would challenge, grow and support him.  What he couldn’t have imagined was how fiercely, unconditionally she would love him and their family all the days of her life.

Beth was born in Plentywood, Montana on December 16, 1959 to Don and Mona Henke. Beth is preceded in death by her father, Donald Henke, her adoptive father, Donald Benjamin, and beloved grandparents. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Carl Barr, her mother, Mona Benjamin, her children, grandchildren, and sisters. Her children are Brent Barr of Nampa, Idaho; Ben, Alisha, and grandchild, Aiden Barr of Snoqualmie, Washington; Brian, Laura and grandchildren Annarose, Daralyn, and Raelee Barr of Nampa, Idaho; and, Bradley and Missy Barr of Olympia, Washington. The sisters she leaves behind are Cindy Arnoldus of La Grande, Oregon; Jane Goode of La Grande, Oregon; Gail Kurpgeweit of Issaquah, Washington; and Donna Benjamin of Nampa, Idaho. She is survived by numerous loved cousins, friends, aunts, and uncles.

Beth spent her childhood and most of her teenage years in Montana, then moved to Spokane, Washington, where she worked as a construction office manager, met Carl, and raised a family. In early 2000, she and her family, including her parents, moved to Nampa, Idaho. She loved Nampa and flourished there because of the incredible friends and family who surrounded her and her family there, the home she and Carl built together, and it is where she most enjoyed time with her beloved grandchildren.

When we think of Beth, besides her strength, we think of her love of God, family and bringing people together. Beth, as a young woman, travelled around the world, organized rafting and camping trips for 100 plus people, enjoyed snow skiing, water skiing, and throwing get-togethers where young people could laugh, play games, have fun, and meet others. Wherever Beth was, there was likely to be a crowd of people enjoying her hospitality and zest for life.

Beth leaves this life on earth too soon for those who love her, but our comfort comes in knowing she is in peace with her father in heaven, who she served every day of her life. Our grief can only be comforted in knowing the pure joy we know she is now experiencing.

Monday, May 7 th at 10 am
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel
5400 Fairview Avenue
Boise, ID 83706

After the service we will have a procession to the Idaho Veteran’s Cemetery
At the Idaho Veteran’s Cemetery, all are welcome.  The Veteran’s Cemetery has a very special setup so all services are in a very accessible place (not by the grave site).  There is also great parking and plenty of room for any who wish to come.

Monday, May 7th at 1 pm  (arrive 10 to 15 minutes early)
Idaho Veteran’s Cemetery
10100 N Horseshoe Bend Rd
Boise, ID 83714

There may be some who would prefer to go directly to the potluck that is no problem.
Foothills Christian Church
9655 W State St
Garden City, ID 83714

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