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  • Barbara Martin (Sceva)

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  • Barbara Martin (Sceva) died peacefully at the age of 87 on July 12, 2013 at her home of many years in Olympia, Washington, surrounded by her children. As usual, she captivated the gathering with the same strength, determination and good humor we had become used to throughout her long life. Barbara was born in Albany, Oregon, July 21, 1926, the daughter of William Leigh Anderson and Helen (Livengood) Anderson. Her family resided variously in Ashland, Santa Monica, and Albany. Barbara graduated from Albany High School then enrolled at Oregon State University. In 1948 Barbara, known as AndyAnderson, married Nathaniel (Taffy) Sceva and moved to Olympia, Washington. Barbara and Taffy had three children, Roderick, Stephanie and Josh. In 1957 Barbara began a great adventure. She and Taffy purchased the sailing yawl Westward Ho, beginning a journey leading the entire family to Hawaii, Tahiti and beyond and eventually back to Hawaii, where Barbara founded and operated The Cone ice cream shop with her business partner Peggy Mead in Kailua, Oahu. After divorcing in 1964 Barbara moved with her children to Ashland, Oregon, joining cousins, aunts and uncles living nearby. Here Barbara was the mom of all moms. Her home was always a favorite of the neighborhood kids and she kept a busy schedule hauling teenagers to band events, ski races, assorted practices or to the local pool. In 1971, with the kids out of high school, Barbara married Jack Martin of Olympia, Washington. Both loved boating and the beach and spent many weekends at their coast home, the shoebox in Long Beach, Washington where they enjoyed entertaining friends and family with salmon fishing trips off the Columbia bar. Barbs' final years were divided between summers in Olympia and winters in Hawaii. She was always on the go. Her favorite activities included tap dancing with her Olympia friends; visiting with her active Olympia womens' group; involvement in Zonta and getting together with the hilarious Densa club members in Hawaii. In her later years Barb enjoyed gardening and became an avid supporter and attendee of the Senior Center in Olympia. Her children and family miss her very much and were lucky to live nearby for most of her life. Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, Frank Anderson. She is survived by her three adult children; Roderick Sceva (Caty Whiteford), Stephanie Leigh Sceva (Gunnar Lars Nashlund), Josh Sceva ( Marie F. Uhlir); grandchildren Jeremy Atchinson, Adam Lee Reeves, Sadie Lou Sceva, Hannah Marie (Johnson) Godsey and her husband Phillip J. Godsey.
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