May 21, 1929 — Dec. 8, 2018
Barbara Donnelly, a Longview resident for more than 60 years, passed away Dec. 8th, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 88.
Barbara was blessed in her final weeks to have her family and many dear friends at her bedside. She is survived by three children, Douglas (Jeri), Meg (Barrett), and Patrick (Lisa); five grandchildren, Connor, Lee, Laurel, Patrick, and Will; and a sister, Catherine Sugrue of Jacksonville, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret (Thomas) Swick; her husband of 63 years, Jim Donnelly on June 2, 2018; and a grandson, Ross on July 2, 2017.
Barbara was born in The Dalles, Ore., and graduated from Oregon State University. Her dream was to become an artist, but events dictated a more “practical” choice and she earned a degree in nursing.
In 1954 she married Jim Donnelly, a medical student at the University of Oregon. They moved to Longview in 1958 where Jim started his medical practice and Barbara embraced her new role as wife and mother to three young children.
Barbara was a talented designer and seamstress, and excelled at quilting, floral design, woodworking, and sculpture. She took welding courses at LCC and sold her first sculpture to the college. She used to stop the family station wagon by the roadside, so she could gather weeds for her latest floral design. There were many family jokes about Mom chasing tumbleweeds across the Oregon desert. Her creative vision was undiminished by her children’s ignorance.
In their long and productive life together, Jim and Barbara were true companions. They created a home where love, respect, and support were given, and in their own conduct set an example of kindness and respect. In the last few years of their life together, as Jim’s health declined, Barbara spent each day at his side, his true partner to the end.
A celebration of Jim and Barbara’s lives is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Canterbury Park, 1335 Third Ave., in Longview. All are welcome to join in a joyful celebration of their lives.