Barbara Jean Beard

1939 - 2012

Barbara Jean Beard died on Aug. 8, 2012, at her home. She was born in Yakima on May 30, 1939, to Helen and Lloyd Moon. As a young girl she worked on the Hop Ranch in Yakima and spent summers with her grandfather in Horse Heaven Hills in a mule-drawn, rubber-tired, sheepherder’s wagon.

She moved to the Walla Walla Valley during her grade school years and rode horseback to East Side Grade School in Milton-Freewater. She was the oldest of nine brothers and sisters. She attended Mac-Hi and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1958. Soon after high school, she married Dick Daniel and had a son, Jeff, and a daughter, Marjorie.

Barbara worked as an executive secretary for the regional Safeway manager in Walla Walla. In 1997, she graduated from Walla Walla Community College with an associate’s degree in applied arts and sciences as a legal administrative assistant. She worked for an attorney for several years and retired as an office manager at RE/MAX Real Estate Agency.
Barbara was a multi-talented, prolific knitter and crocheter. Her handy work is with families all around town. She was a skilled duplicate bridge player. Later in life, she learned to play the piano and autoharp. Barbara was a very thoughtful, approachable and kind person whom people warmed to almost instantly. In 1995, she married James Beard and the two of them lived a loving life together until her death.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Beard; son, Jeff Daniel and daughter-in-law Roseanne Daniel; daughter, Marjorie Casper and son-in-law Steve Casper; four grandchildren, Amber Daniel, JJ Daniel, Mick Casper, Addie Casper; four sisters, Annie Dare, Helen Y. McDonald, Roberta Wells and Vickie Estrada; four brothers, David Loomis, Dennis Loomis, Johnny Loomis and Robert Loomis; two step-daughters, Chloe Beard and Kay Bridges; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
There will be a funeral service at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, on

Thursday Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. Following the service, there will be a reception at the Walla Walla Country Club at 5 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Providence St. Mary Cancer Center through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at

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