Barbara Lee Delaney Overton was born on Sept. 9, 1925, the second of two daughters to Tom and Klara Delaney in Webster, SD. On the first day of school Barb met fellow 1st grader, Tom Overton. This was the beginning of an 87 – year romance. Barb, her sister and her mother spent many summers at their cottage on Pickerel Lake, her father, who was the postmaster in Webster, joined them on the weekends.
Together they graduated from Webster High School in 1943. Tom volunteered in the US Army which took him to NW India, now Pakistan, during World War II. Barb spent these years earning a double major in Speech and Sociology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, graduating from there in 1947. After Tom’s return from the war, they were married on Aug. 21, 1948. Barb was the secretary to the Dean of General Science at South Dakota State where Tom was completing his 4-year pharmacy degree, in Brookings, SD. After graduating and working for a short time as a pharmacist in Sturgis, SD, they bought the Baker Rexall Drug in Baker, MT in 1952. Barb was also behind the scenes running the Rexall Drug and was instrumental in starting the Baker Cable TV Company in 1977 until the time they retired together in 2001.
Barb’s faith in God was very strong and she received great strength and comfort from her faith. She was always active in the Lutheran Church and Naomi Circle and frequently led the group. She was a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid, President of the American Cancer Society in Baker, was a founding member of a womens’ investment group called “Market Bags”. She was also a Girl Scout & Cub Scout leader. Her two boys, Mark and Todd, became Eagle Scouts. She belonged to the weekly “Friday Morning Coffee Club” for many years and the pot was ‘always’ on for anyone who would stop by for a cup.
Barb had a passion for playing bridge! Each year ten members of her bridge playing group went to the house at Big Sky to play uninterrupted bridge for five days. They made this trip annually for over 25 years. Together they enjoyed traveling, especially with their five kids, Becky, Mark, Todd, Jill and Kaye. Many vacations were enjoyed in their lives but especially the cruise they took celebrating the year Tom and Barb turned 80. All 24 family members spent a week in the western Caribbean on a cruise ship. What a joy!
Barb always had the main meal at noon so the kids could come home for lunch. It was a time to discuss school, Spartan stuff, current events, problems and even learn some manners. There were no hats worn at the table for starters! Barb and Tom spent their retirement winters in Mesa, AZ and it was a great pleasure for them to meet new friends from all over the country and enjoy the sunshine. Barb was a golfer, skier, Spartan fan, an extraordinary cook, bowler, wife of an experimental aircraft builder and ‘oh my’ a Bridge player. Barb’s death on Sunday, June 2 ended this 87-year romance here on earth. She is now reunited with Tom, have faith in that – she sure did!
She is survived by daughter, Becky and her sons – Tommy (Jen), Tyler (Jaclyn) and Geoff (Christina) from Portland; son, Todd (Vicky), their daughters Mandi (Chad) Varner, Baker, MT, Marnee Overton, Phoenix and Bryan (Danielle) of Rio Rancho, NM; daughter, Jill (Ty) Fuerhoff, their daughter Ashley from Urbandale, IA, son Taylor, Celebration, FL; daughter Kaye (John) Duffield of Rapid City,SD, their son Justin (Annie) Duffiance, Seattle, WA, Shelby (Matt) Anderson, Minneapolis, MN and Andrea, Casper, WY; nine great-grandchildren, Livia, Gradin, Lex and Gianna Varner, Delaney Saliba, Emma and Kate Overton, Maren and Norah Ziemer.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Tom Overton; son, Mark Overton; and her sister, Kay Delaney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the American Lutheran Church, Baker, MT.
Celebration of Life Services were held June 10, 2019 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapid City, SD with Pastor David Piper officiating. Inurnment followed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
Family and friends may sign Barb’s online guestbook at www.kirkfuneral home.com.