Barbara Schimke, 86, of Baker City, died peacefully May 13, 2022, in hospice with her two sons, Steve & Doug, by her side, after only a month earlier being diagnosed with ALS. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Barbara was raised in West Virginia and came West with her husband Art for his Forest Service career eventually landing in Baker in 1970. While working as a counselor at the early beginnings of Baker County Alcohol & Drugs, she became very inspired by the 12 step groups which completely changed her life. She used and organized these group meetings to help others as she helped herself.
Barbara was also very actively involved with the Methodist church, Christian Women's Club, and Community Concerts.
She was happily married for 60 years and in her spare time was a world traveler even celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary on the Concorde. One of her favorite things to do was go waterskiing which she learned from her son at the age of 60.
Toward the end of her life as things became harder, she was on computer zoom meetings helping others worldwide as she helped herself find peace. She truly was a treasure and will be lovingly missed by many.
If you wish, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the United Methodist Church of Baker City through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PO BOX 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences can be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com