North Powder, Oregon
Barbara Jean Bowman Monaghan, 77, of Aurora, Ill., a former North Powder resident, died April 9, 2004, at her home surrounded by her devoted children and grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. June 26, 2004, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Committal will be at the Hermiston Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Barbara’s life immediately after the services. Her family and friends are invited to come and share in the commemoration of her life.
Barbara was born to Roland “Bill” and Vera Clarke Bowman on June 28, 1926, at Spokane, Wash., the second of their four children. The Bowman family moved to Bend, where Barbara attended school before moving to Salem where her father operated Bowman’s Garage until his death in 1981.
Barbara was married on Dec. 19, 1943, at Salem, to Bernard R. Monaghan. They spent more than 40 happy years of their life together until Bernard’s death in 1984.
Barbara was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends. The most important part of Barbara’s life was the love and care that she gave so freely to her family. She never knew a stranger.
Bernard and Barbara and their family moved to North Powder, in 1950 and to Hermiston in 1969. After Bernard’s death, Barbara joined her daughters at Woodridge, Ill. She later moved to Somerset, N.J., where she lived until returning to Aurora, Ill. She had lived there for the past six years.
Barbara had dear friends across the country and touched many lives with her quick humor and ready smile. Her spirit of adventure and love of travel and learning was contagious.
She loved music and dancing, keeping the seasons by the wild birds migration, oak trees and butterflies. She loved the ocean, seashells, and exploring lighthouses along both coasts.
Survivors include her children, Judith Monaghan, Becky Monaghan Jones and her husband, Mike, of Pendleton, Michelle Monaghan Krumholz and her husband, Matt, of Oswego, Ill.; her son, James D. Monaghan, and his wife, Penny, of Aloha; grandchildren, Scottianne Rebmann, Jason Monaghan, Justin Monaghan, and Nathan Krumholz; great-grandchildren, Mariah and Mason Muth; and other relatives, Dorothy DeLapp, Debbie Becker, Rodney and Mary Monaghan, Pauline Monaghan, Woodrow Shockley, Jean Monaghan, Walt McCall, and her treasured nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; her parents; her brother and close friend, Billy Bowman; Bud and Mary Cox, Keith Monaghan, Helen Shockley and Jean McCall; and nephews, Gene Bowman Cox, Maynard Cox, and Kevin DeLapp.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 14, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor