Barbara "Barb" Gale (Woolm) Roberts, age 72, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton following her courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Jerry Webber officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Saturday.
Barb was born August 8, 1945, in Yankton, South Dakota to James and Gladys (Hocking) Woolm. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1963 and Yankton College in 1968 with a B.A. majoring in speech and drama and minoring in English and secondary education. She was very involved with theatre and related arts. Barb married Rick R. Riker and had one daughter, Stephanie. The marriage proved to be premature for both and they divorced in 1968. In 1991, she married Paul F. Roberts. They divorced in 2017. Barb taught school in Wakonda, SD and Isle, MN from 1968-1970. Becoming disenchanted with the teaching profession, she worked for the State of Iowa as a rehabilitation counselor at Fort Dodge, IA from 1970-1972. At that time, she moved to Eagle Lake, MN and began work on a master's degree at Mankato State University in vocational rehabilitation counseling which led to a position as counselor with the State of Minnesota, Services for the Blind in 1974. In 1991, she transferred to the Division of Rehabilitation working with chemically dependent clients at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center. She had since retired and returned to live in Yankton.
Barb served as a past president of the Eagle Lake American Legion Auxiliary, Second District American Legion Auxiliary President 1989, Poppy Chairman and State Historian and Chaplain for the Department of Minnesota, ALA. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Order of Eastern Star, the Waseca Area Genealogy Society, the Minnesota Historical Society, the National Genealogy Society, and the New England Historical Society. Barb was an avid genealogist, having spent many hours researching the Woolm family history, including grave hunting throughout the United States and England. She was proud of her Cornish heritage, and passed on her knowledge of Cornish customs and love of pasties. She loved dogs, and she loved bargain hunting at thrift stores, always able to find and take home some gems. And she never met a story she could not tell.
Barb is survived by her daughter, Stephanie (Buddy) Waters of Yankton, SD; her brother, Robert (Joan) Woolm of Charles City, IA; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, as well as her sweet and faithful dog, Honey Bun.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Gladys (Hocking) Woolm.
The family would prefer memorials to the Heartland Humane Society, 3400 E. Hwy 50, Yankton, SD 57078.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
So sorry to hear of Barbâ€™s passing. I had known Barb from my earliest childhood home on Locust where she, I and Susan Weiger were little friends from age 3 or 4. I know she has suffered for quite sometime but still is a shock when you lose someone you have known for such a long period of time. My sympathy to all her family members !
Jane Flint Lambert
I am so sorry for your loss Steph. You are in my thoughts & prayers. May God Hold You In His Loving Arms & Walk With You Through This Difficult Time. Hugs & Love.
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. I have known Barb from Elementary through High Scool years when we played cards at her home or when we decorated high school floats in her backyard. My condolences to Steph her daughter, Bobbiie, her brother and all of their family members. God Bless you all!
Barb's infectious, impish smile and fun laugh will stay with me as I cherish our almost fifty years of friendship. She, Julie Fladeboe and Anne Geoghegan and I were always a team in our Voc Rehab studies at Mankato State -- and we've had lunch innumerable times since then. Will miss her!!
Dear Steph and family,
So very sorry for the loss of your mother. We have been friends since 1973, when we met at the MSU voc reahbilitation counseling program. Barb was so engaging and smart. She was kind and always interested in how my family was doing. I will miss her smile and presence. We know this is not the end; hold on to the hope of reuniting again with her in heaven. God brings us home. Deepest Sympathy
So enjoyed all she did for the class of 63 , she was like our class mother, I'm so glad I got to talk with her a few months before her departure to a better place. Enjoyed keeping in contact with her through F. B. and e-mails/ my heart goes out to this great ladies family
Don /Judi Hirschman
My sympathy to your family. I went to High School with Barb. For the last few years we would meet for Riverboat Days in Yankton. I always enjoyed those times.
Lynn Miller Heggen
So so sorry Steph and family. My thoughts, prayers and hugs with you
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