In memory of

Barbara Roberta Carpenter

Jan 16, 1940
Jan 24, 2022


Barbara passed away January, 24, 2022. Her services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 4550 Lone Oak Road SE, Salem, Oregon.

Barbara was born to Robert Maurice Hodgins and Hulda Lial (Fox) Hodgins on January 16, 1940, in La Grande Oregon. She resided in La Grande and Salem, Oregon; Alaska; Yerington, Nevada; and Ohio.

Barbara was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In her early years, she had 100% attendance in all her church meetings and activities. She always had a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and adhered to the principles of being a member throughout her entire life.

In her youth, she was very involved and very talented in music. She took piano lessons for six years and played the organ for Primary in her church. In Junior High, she learned to play the violin, flute, piccolo, and bass viola, and was in band, and orchestra, and a dance band.

She attended J.H. Ackerman grade school, La Grande Junior High School, and graduated from La Grande High School. She also attended Eastern Oregon State College. Barbara’s teachers all had high praises for her skills and wonderful personality.

Barbara was very passionate and loved everything and everyone. She cared for her animals like family and often could even be found nurturing bugs. She also loved to travel, visiting destinations like England, France, Italy, Peru, Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, and many U.S. states.

She and her sister Sharon were always the best of friends and looked out for each other. They even wore their hair in the same style, although Barbara would spend more time making sure every hair was in place. She was always very stylish and immaculate in her dress.

In 1959, she was offered a job at the Oregon State motor vehicle division as a key punch operator, for which she moved to Salem. It was in Salem that she met the love of her life, Ernie Carpenter. They dated, fell in love, and then married November 19, 1960 in La Grande, Oregon. They celebrated their 61st anniversary last year.

In 1966, she was overjoyed with the blessing of her daughter, Tiffany. She always gave glowing compliments about her. Love showed in her eyes whenever she reported on Tiffany’s achievements and accomplishments. Tiffany had four children, Ernie, Morgan, Paige, and Victoria, and five grandchildren. Barbara loved them all tremendously.

To Barbara, her family was of the utmost importance. She was very close with all her relatives, and family gatherings and time spent together meant a lot to her. She treated everyone with the same kindness and gratitude and loved everyone the same.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Hulda, father Robert, and sister Carla who passed away shortly after birth; grandparents Cora and Robert Joseph Hodgins; Mary Jane and Heber John Fox; mother and father-in-law Marie and Ernest Carpenter; and several other immediate family members.

She is survived by her husband Ernie Lee Carpenter; daughter Tiffany and her husband Rod Gwinn; her grandchildren Ernie Andrew, Morgan, and Paige Lucas, and Victoria Gwinn; her great grandchildren Chesney, Gavin, Grace, Artemis, and Fallon; her sister Sharon and her husband Russell Lester; and several other immediate family members.

Service Information

Funeral Service
Saturday February 5th, 12 pm.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
4550 Lone Oak Road SE
Salem, Oregon 97302

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Vici Jodsaas says:

    I will miss you and our long talks about everything and nothing brings a smile to my face just thinking about you and those times, I know you will sit by his side, Love you

  2. Sheila seitz says:

    Ernie and family so sorry for your loss, prayers for your family

  3. Morgan Lucas (granddaughter) says:

    My grandmother Barbara loved unconditionally. She was the sweetest and most pure-hearted woman I have ever known. I will always remember the connection we’ve had and am grateful for being blessed with a grandmother who was truly one of God’s angels.

  4. Penelope Smith. Sister says:

    I had so much respect for Barbara , beautiful woman. Always with a smile on her face, loving and caring. And, a great sense of humor! She will be missed. Rest In Peace.

  5. Sharon L. Lester says:

    Barbara is my dear sister. I love her so very much. She was always the strong beautiful girl that was my example. Her spirit exudes happiness and perfection.

  6. Nancy Rosin says:

    I loved And admired Barbara so much She was a high example of how I wanted to be. She did many wonderful and selfless memories I will always have. Rest In Peace dear Barbara

  7. Pam Kokstis ( sister-in-law) says:

    Barbara was a beautiful woman that was full of love and kindness. She dearly loved her pets.

  8. Johnson Funeral Home Staff says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with her arrangements.


    Johnson Funeral Home Staff

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