In Memory of
February 13, 1938–October 11, 2018
Barbara Lee Dartnell was born in Aberdeen, Washington on February 13, 1938 to Jane Horne and Trevor Pattison. She passed away at her home in Salem, Oregon on October 11, 2018. At 17 Barbara married a serviceman named Fred Soda and followed him to France where he was stationed and had a son named Bruce. After 2 years she moved back to Washington state with one year old Bruce. She then met and married Ernest Stephens and had three children, Kimberly Stephens, Kathy Kirk, and Djo Stephens. She later met and married her husband Donald Dartnell in June of 1980, together with her 4, and his 5 children, they built a blended family.
Barbara worked for over 30 years in the medical field. She loved to travel and together she and Donald visited much of the United States and parts of Europe. She was an avid genealogist and spent 34 years defining her family history and helping others find their own ancestry. Barbara loved to quilt and would often share her time, knowledge, and sewing space in order to curate a skill she felt needed to be saved. She also enjoyed making cookies for the local LDS missionaries. Her light, laughter, and charitable spirit will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her three brothers Dale Pattison, Dan Pattison, and Mick Nicholas, her nine children Bruce Stephens, Dexter Dartnell, Della Murray, Kimberly Stephens, Kathy Kirk, Denton Dartnell, Djo Stephens, Deana Dartnell, and Melody Thomas. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and countless honorary family members.
She requested no formal services and will be buried with her husband at Memorial Gardens in Concord, California. There will be a viewing at Johnson’s Funeral Home Oct 19th from 3-5 pm.
Charitable contributions can be made in her name to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints family history library.