Barbara Kinder

July 3, 1919 — Dec. 6, 2009


WALLA WALLA — Barbara Kinder, 90, died Dec. 6, 2009, at the Providence St. Mary Medical Center, 401 W. Poplar St.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Life Center in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater.

Mrs. Kinder was born in Chicago on July 3, 1919, to Claude and Gladys Van Horn Arnold. At an early age the family moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., where she spent her childhood. She attended Eastern Washing University where she received her teaching degree and met her husband, Pete Kinder. In 1956, the couple moved to Yakima where they raised their three daughters. She taught first grade at Roosevelt Elementary School for 17 years. After retirement, the couple moved to Walla Walla.

During their 67 years of marriage, the couple belonged to the Methodist Church and were lifelong square dancers. She loved her family, her church and the children she taught. She was an avid golfer, swimmer and water skier. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading and gardening. She would boast that she could catch more fish than anyone on the water.

Survivors include her husband, Pete Kinder of Yakima; two daughters, Karilee Mack and Marilou "Cori" Kinder Worrell, both of Yakima; a brother; two sisters; three grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and numerous great grand children.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzi Kimbler; a grandson, Trent Lemaster; and two brothers.


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