Barbara Joyce Corwin

Barbara Joyce Corwin passed away peacefully at St. Joe’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA on Saturday, August 8th at 9PM at the age of 75. Barbara was not alone in the days leading up to her passing. Many family and friends were on hand to let her know what she had meant to them. Barbara and these friends and family were able to reminisce about her life, and she was able to see, feel and hear the impact she had on them. In essence, she was able to attend her own memorial. Barbara Joyce Wood was born in Delta, OH on February 6, 1940 to her parents, Mahlon and Carolyn Wood. She was the eldest of 3 children with her brother, James Wood and sister Kathy(Wood) Blanchard completing the family. They moved to Washington State where she graduated from Naches High School in 1958. After graduation they moved to Medford, OR where she worked with her parents at the Big Y Bakery. One day a gentlemen started purchasing loaves of chunky cinnamon from the former cheerleader from Naches. She married this man, James Harvey Corwin on July 25, 1959. They had 3 children; son, Michael James Corwin and a daughter Shelley Joy (Corwin) Robinson in Medford, OR. They moved to Mt. Shasta, CA in 1969 and in 1970 their family was complete when daughter, Kelly Marie Corwin was born. They eventually moved back to Medford, OR and then to Auburn, WA in 1976. Their move to Auburn was so their children could live at home while receiving a Seventh Day Adventist education through high school. In 1988, at the age of 48 and children finished with school, Barbara returned to college and received a degree as a physical therapist assistant or C.O.T.A. and got a job working at the Rainier School in Buckley, WA retiring from there in 2003. Barbara was preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn, father, Mahlon, brother, Jim and husband, Jim. She is survived by 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at the Enumclaw Seventh Day Adventist Church of Sunday, August 16th at 11AM. All are welcome to attend, with a reception at the church to follow. Her family would like to thank St. Joe’s hospital and their chaplains for the care and respect they showed Barbara and her family through their difficult time.

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