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Barbara Jean Arnold Corey

February 7, 2013 · 11:09 AM

Barbara Jean Arnold Corey

Barbara Jean Arnold Corey died Jan. 28 at the home she shared with her husband of almost 59 years. She was surrounded by family members at the time of her death.Barbara was born on Sept. 23, 1933 in Ashland, Ore. but spent most of her childhood years in Hoquiam. She is a 1951 graduate of Hoquiam High School.Barbara met her husband, Max, at Sears and Roebuck in Grays Harbor, where she worked as a telephone operator and he was employed as an appliance repairman.After they married March 27, 1954, at the Arnold Family home on Cherry Street in Hoquiam, the couple eventually moved to Silverdale where they resided for 40 years. Barbara assisted her husband with his profession of building several homes and apartment buildings and various inventions. She spent many years working at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, most notably in the Payroll Department.In retirement, the couple traveled the United States in various motor homes, including motor homes her husband build or modified. The couple traveled through 39 different states and enjoyed visiting national parks.They moved back to Grays Harbor in 2005, and Barbara spent her final years in Ocean Shores.Barbara was very active during her entire life and enjoyed walking, swimming and being outdoors.She is survived by her husband of 58 years; her brother, Stanley Arnold of Denver, Colo., her son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Marian of Kent, her daughter Jill of Murrieta, Cal., five grandchildren, Christopher (and his wife, Jennifer), Daisy, Shaun, Carolyn and Bryan, and two great-grandchildren, Jessica and Alex.There was a celebration of Barbara’s life on Feb. 4. She was inurned at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent. Messages of condolence can be left for the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen.


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