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Barbara Jean Mollman

January 2, 1928 - March 29, 2014-


Barbara MollmanBarbara Jean Mollman was born January 2, 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. Where she grew up and lived until the age of 18.

Barbara has always been best known as Babs. When she was 18, she moved with her mother to Long Beach, Calif., where her brother, Ralph, was stationed in the Navy. While there, she took singing, piano and voice lessons. Babs also loved to dance.

Her brother introduced her to Ed Mollman, a ship mate from the Navy. They married Sept. 25, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nev. And were married for 65 years. Barbara and her husband moved to Terrebonne and began farming. Having lived in the city all her life; Babs had to adjust to small town farm life. She adapted to her new role as wife and mother with style and grace. From Terrebonne, they moved to Metolius and continued farming, eventually moving to Madras where they lived for 34 years farming, ranching and raising their five boys.

After retiring, Babs and Ed moved to Crooked River Ranch and have lived there the past 20 years. While living in Madras, Babs taught piano lessons. She was always involved in her church, teaching Sunday school lessons, leading Bible studies, and performing in the choir.

Babs was an Aglow member, and the president of the local chapter for three years. During which time she did a lot of public speaking.

Having grandchildren with cystic fibrosis, she became involved in organizing fund raisers; such as bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, and even a large community talent show where she performed an amazing version of “Mariah.”

Babs loved to teach, sing, garden and sew. But mostly loved spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed teaching her granddaughters how to cook.

She leaves behind her husband, Ed; five boys, Dave (Helen) from Bend; Ken from Crooked River Ranch; John (Kristi) from Vancouver; Steve (Sandra) from Redding, Calif.; Mike (Joanna) from Cheyenne, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

Babs is proceeded in death by her father, Ralph Bates; her mother, Helen Albertson; and her brother, Ralph Bates.

Services were held Friday, April 4 at 11 a.m. at the Crooked River ranch Chapel with graveside following at Pioneer Cemetery on Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne, Ore.