Betty Iva Barber, 98, of Sunnyside passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at her home in Sunnyside.

She was born Aug. 27, 1911 in Reubens, Idaho to Billy Lawrence and Jane Mary (Henry) Smith.

She received her early education at a Catholic mission in Idaho.

Betty met her lifelong husband, Charlie Barber, in 1939. Together they made their home in Sunnyside.

In her early years, she worked as a waitress. She later worked in farm labor and cleaned houses.

Betty enjoyed making pickles from the garden she planted each year. She canned fruit every year. Betty made great potato bread that the kids at school would trade for.

She loved to go "ragging" at yard sales and visiting second hand stores. Betty enjoyed beading, making corn husk bags and she liked to color for relaxation. She enjoyed collecting horses and enjoyed cooking for family dinners on holidays and traveling with her daughters. Betty was a fan of Kiss, Elvis and Michael Jackson.

She was a member of the Catholic faith and a member of the Nez Perce Tribe.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Mary Jacobus of Sunnyside; son-in-law, Phil Smith of Sunnyside; two grandsons, Eddie Purnell and James Wilcox, both of Sunnyside; two granddaughters, Mary Schwab of Lewiston, Idaho and Bobbie Jo Dorsey of Spokane; and five great-grandchildren; Larry Schwab and Siwan Schwab, both of Lewiston, Cassie Wilcox, Cooper Purnell and Krystal Brewers, all of Yakima.

Memorial services were held today, April 28, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Smith's Funeral Home in Sunnyside.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lapwai, Idaho, with burial to follow at the Jacques Spur Cemetery.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign her online memorial book may do so at


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