Barbara was born to Sylvia and Dewey Hawes in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School along with three brothers, Lynn, Dick and Dee.
Barbara was preceded in death by her father, mother and two brothers.
Her father and one brother also died of leukemia.
Barbara has one living brother, Lynn, who seems to have escaped leukemia.
Barbara went on to Pasadena City College as a music major and met her future husband, Don Crippen, a biology major and later was a biology teacher at Tustin High School in Orange County, California for thirty-three years.
Barbara went on to UCLA and started an experimental music program in the UCLA pre-school called Pacific Oaks located off campus in Pasadena, California.
Don and Barbara have three wonderful children.
Kevin lives the farthest away in Costa Mesa, California and would call me every day.
Mark lives close to Kevin and Cindy lives in Spokane.
Barbara and Don have been married for 56 years.
Lakes were always a part of Barbara’s life, from growing up summers on Hayden Lake, Idaho, then Big Bear Lake in California and back to Spokane, finding a beautiful spot on Deer Lake, WA where we would spend three months in summer and then spend three months after Christmas in Costa Mesa, California where we would enjoy tennis.
The memorial service for Barbara Crippen is at Eleven AM, Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2607 S. Ray, 99223.
Please no flowers.
Instead please give donations to Bethany Presbyterian Church (our family).
Our whole family would like to also thank our other family, the oncology unit on the 11th Floor Tower of Deaconess Medical Center.
We love you 11th Floor Angels!