Barbara Elizabeth Olney was born to James Olney and Anna (Richards) Olney on November 15, 1938 in White Swan, Washington. She was raised and educated in White Swan. Barbara married James P. Blodgett on July 1, 1956. Together they raised ten children in White Swan.
Mom was a cheerleader at White Swan High School and she loved good music and loved to dance, especially with her grandchildren. She graduated from Yakima Business College and worked several places including the Fort Simcoe Job Corps, Yakama Nation Housing and IIM. She was devoted in her Catholic faith and was a life long member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She prayed the rosary daily and often read from her bible and missellette. Mom made her Cursillo in 2008 and was a lector at St. Mary's for many years. Barbara was also a member of the Yakama Nation.
She raised her children well, teaching us all how to cook and clean. She enjoyed canning, preserving food, gardening, and camping in the closed area. She loved her extended family beyond words. She looked forward to seeing them at all the family gatherings. She cherished her lineage and was proud of all her relations and you all know who you are! Mom was a good story teller. She enjoyed retelling family stories and jokes and making us all laugh. Our memories and stories of her will be a source of comfort in the years to come. Our mother was a well-known quilt maker and inspired her daughters and granddaughters to carry on that tradition. In her free time Mom enjoyed spending time at Legends Casino, not only playing slots but visiting with friends and family there. At home she kept her mind occupied with hand-held solitaire and slot games. She often planned her day around "The Young and the Restless" and sometimes watched it twice a day. Mom was a devoted caregiver, advocate and partner to her special daughter Coreen, whom she called a child of God. She dedicated her life to Coreen and Coreen loved her mother dearly.
She was daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, friend, grandmother, and great-grandmother. We will miss her guiding light and her loving ways. May she finally find the peace and comfort among her family members that she joins in heaven. We are comforted knowing that she no longer suffers.
She is survived by her husband Jim Blodgett, children; Patricia Blodgett, Joyce Paula and Carnegie Williams, Audrey and Arnold Olney, Anna Blodgett and Bill Edgar, Connie and Bobby Lewis, Barbara Jill Blodgett and Robert Haggerty, Coreen Yvonne Blodgett, Philip Blodgett, and Doug Blodgett and Thelma Starr. She will be dearly missed by her sisters; Anna Louise Nagle and Joanne Marie Price. She leaves behind her loving grandchildren; Angel, Simone, James, Brandon, Justin, Margie Jenny Lou, Katlyn, Andrew, Margaret, Joe, Wesley, Shana, Jordan, Patrick, Corey, Tyler, Bobbie, Kyle, Sophia, Mitchell, Christina, Robert, Abigail, Emily, and Douglas, and great-grandchildren; Natalie, Braden, Lucky, Marissa, Satchel, Avi, Analysia, Cadence, Yuna, Kalia, Dyami, and Kalel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Barbara was preceded in death by her son James "Dutchie" Blodgett, both her parents, sisters; Regina, Virginia, Rosemary, and Dorothy Olney, Marguerite Whitekiller, brothers; Andrew, Gilbert, Alfred George, and Doug Olney.
A heartfelt thank you to Fathers John Shaw and William Shaw; Doctor Moran, Doctor Daniels, and Doctor Tim Brown, all of whom she sought guidance and solace from.
Visitation with a vigil was held on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Merritt Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today at St. Mary's Catholic Church in White Swan with a burial to follow at Reservation Community Memorial Park in Wapato.