Barbara Jean Frei-Gehring 77, passed away Monday, December 4, 2017 at her home in Grangeville, Idaho with her family by her side. Barbara was born March 22nd 1940 in Cottonwood, Idaho, the youngest of 10 children to Fred and Anna Vogel of Nezperce.
On Sept. 3, 1960 she married her first love, Jim Frei of Grangeville Idaho. They were blessed with six children. For the next 45 years she enjoyed camping, bowling, playing cards, working at the thrift store, traveling, picnics on the back of the scout and she loved to clean. In March of 2006 Jim passed away. She then spent her time visiting with her children and grandchildren and having spa days with her daughters.
In November 2011, Barb had a second chance at love. She married Vern Gehring of Cottonwood on Aug 16, 2012. For the next 5 years Barb enjoyed going four-wheeling, playing cards, huckleberry picking and country drives. Even though Mom left this earth way too early Vern tells us “we only had 5 years together, but they were the BEST 5 years of my life.” Barb was a parishioner at St. Peter and Paul parish.
Barb is survived by her husband Vern, brother’s Fred Vogel of Nezperce and Jim Vogel (Judy) of Layton Utah, her six children; Brenda Wilson (Evan Chapman) of Puyallup WA, Vickie Rouse (Kevin) of Post Falls ID, Laurie Hall (Rod) of Kimberly ID, Jodi Mills (Dave) of Auburn WA, Andy Frei (Michelle) of Klamath Falls OR, Teresa Durham (Lance) of Lewiston ID, 14 Grandchildren; Amanda, Ashley, Matt, Michael, Zach, Kristina, Aaron, Tiffanie, Nick, Anna, Craig, Jim, Bryan and Cheyene and 7 great-grandchildren; Maddisen, Isaac, Joseph, Andrew, Noah, Caleb and Brooks.
Barb was preceded in death by her first husband Jim, parents Fred and Anna, Sisters Viola, Sr Bertha, Maggie, Bernie, Dorothy, Betty, brother Bob and numerous loved ones.
Anyone who knew Barb said she could light up a room and was the life of the party.
A viewing will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. A Rosary will be recited Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Gymnasium in Grangeville Idaho. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the hospice nurses of Grangeville, Dr. Mulvey of Post Falls, all of the wonderful nurses we came into contact with and the numerous family and friends who have shared their prayers and stories with us.
MOM your laughter and smile will stay in our hearts forever!!