Nov. 28, 1930 — Aug. 27, 2013
Barbara was born at home on the family farm near Elma, Wash. Her father was Charles Clayton McCune (a carpenter and self-taught stonemason) and her mother was Hazel Margret (Reinkens) McCune (she loved her kids, cows, and gardening). Barbara was the second of four children. Three brothers were Ernest (Bud), Bruce and Stanley.
In 1947 the family moved to the Stateline area close to Walla Walla and Barbara went to Umapine High School. It was in Umapine that she met Earl V. Elkington, and they became high school sweethearts. She and Earl were married in 1950.
In 1964 the family moved to the Kittitas Valley and bought a ranch, where they raised registered Angus cattle. The Elkingtons were honored as Cattleman of the Year by the Kittitas County Cattlemen in 1978.
Barbara was actively involved in the Kittitas County Cattlewomen (the CowBelles back then). Barbara and Barb Weber co-chaired the National Beef Cook-off in 1990 held in Bellevue. She spent a year as the chair while planning the annual event.
In 1994 Barbara traveled to Europe as a chaperone with a group of Ellensburg High School students for an educational tour. The students enjoyed her company and commented on her stamina as she climbed one of the Alps with them. She often told her friends it was the trip of a lifetime.
Barbara enjoyed traveling in their fifth wheel, reading and shopping with her daughter.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; her son. Mike; and her brothers, Bud and Stan. She is survived by her husband, Earl at home in Kittitas; daughter, Sandy (Dick) Sundquist of Longview; brother, Bruce McCune; grandchildren, Kellee (Ben) Schneider of Kelso, Wash., Seth (Sara) Elkington of Slayton, Ore., and Jennifer Elkington of Portland; great-grandchildren include Mallory Schneider and a new baby expected by Seth and Sara. She is also survived by her best friends, Louise Acheson and Barb Weber.
Barbara was a true lady, a homemaker, an animal lover and a fine woman. She will be missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Kittitas County Cattlewomen Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Barb Weber, 1251 Fox Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926 or any charity of your choice.
Services will be held in Ellensburg at Steward and Williams Tribute Center on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2013, :30 p.m. A reception will follow.