Barbara Ann Shivley Taylor, was born on March 22, 1952, the first child of her parents, Richard (Dick) and Bernice (Olson) Taylor, and she was the first grandchild on both sides of their families. She was born in Spokane, and was joined 2 years later by her sister Linda Marie. Shortly after that, her father Dick died of heart problems, and a new daddy came into her life by the time she was a little past 4 years of age. Glen Shivley became her dad, to love and support her along side her mother Bernice, for all of her life. A little sister, Wanda Christine joined the family in 1958, a joy to all who knew her in her short 49 year life.
Barbara went to Garrison Jr. High, and then Walla Walla High School, graduating in 1970, in the mist of the hippie movement, and those friends from her high school days will remember her as always wearing moccasins with bells on, even to Sunday Night Church. She participated in a missionary project two summers in a row where she traveled to Mexico with a group of teen missionaries and built a church in a a small village. She enjoyed the experience immensely, and never forgot how fortunate we are to live in the U.S. After high school, Barbara went to Bluecreek, Wash., for a time to help her grandparents, Olaf and Helen Olson, who owned the Bluecreek Mercantile from 1947 to the early 1970's. Barbara met and married John Hagar in the early 1970's, and their first daughter, Christina Grace was born in 1973. Barbara and John traveled around the United States, working and seeing the country during the 1970's, then settling in Arkansas where their second daughter, Sarah Lynn was born in 1980. In 1981 they returned to Washington where Barbara and the girls stayed in Yakima and John left the family. Barbara moved to Bluecreek shortly after that, and lived there and around Chewelah for the next few years as she helped her grandparents in their later years. Barbara always valued family and as the eldest child and grandchild, she was always helpful and loving to everyone who may need her. After her daughters were out of school, they all returned to the Walla Walla area, where Barbara was a CNA at various places in the area, specializing in care for patients with dementia. When her health problems dictated her mobility, she worked as a customer service representative for a local company in Milton-Freewater, before retiring because of health issues. Barbara was always active in her church and her faith in God was Absolute. She answered her Lord with Joy and no hesitation, when He called her to His side, early on the morning of June 8, 2011, she was 59 years old.
Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Dick; sister, Wanda; and she is survived by her parents, Glen and Bernice Shivley; sister, Linda (Calvin) Harris; daughters, Christina Hagar and Sarah Rivera; granddaughters, Johnnielyn Hagar and Glendalynn Rivera. She was also loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, not to mention the hundreds of friends all over the world.
A memorial service celebrating Barbara's life will be on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Community Church, 928 E Sturm, Walla Walla. The family suggests that contributions in Barbara's name be made to SAM's Club at the Blue Mtn. Community Church, or to the Gidion's International.