Barbara “Bobbie” June McNeill Hymes passed away peacefully in Salt Lake City on August 15th 2021 surrounded by her family. Barbara was born on June 22 1927 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Ernest and Thelma McNeill.
Barbara grew up on a farm in the Ozark mountains of central Missouri in a town called Linn Creek with her two brothers, Park and Leo. Leo preceded her in death in 1968. Her brother Park is still living.
Barbara met Charles Hymes when she was 12, he was 18. He told his friend’s, “that’s the girl I’m going to marry.” They married in Riverside California on March 4th 1945. In December of 1945 they had their first child a son, Robert. They nicknamed him “the Skipper” referring back to the time when Charles was in the Merchant Marines. Skipper is still how he’s addressed today. Nine and a half years later they had their second child a girl, Donna. Charles died December 18th 2001.
When her kids were older, Barbara went to work for Devey’s, a men’s clothing store in American Fork as their bookkeeper but her favorite job was working at the Utah State Capital for the House of Representatives. She controlled the microphone booth. The Speaker of the House would announce which representative was going to speak, then she would turn on their microphone. She would always joke, “if I don’t like what they are saying, I’ll just turn oﬀ their mic!!”
Barbara was a devout Christian. She was a member of the American Fork Community Presbyterian Church for 70 years. During that time she taught Sunday School when her children were young and sang with the choir until 2018. Hollywood made some of the scenes of the original Footloose movie in her church. The director asked the congregation to make food for the final scene of the the movie. Barbara made two of her delicious apple pies. She noticed neither of her pies made it to the set. When she asked where her pies were the director said, “I ate them!” Then commented, “If my mother had made pies like that I would have never left home”
Barbara lived by herself until she was 92 years old. Fear of Covid brought her up to Salt Lake City. She was loved and adored by her family and friends. She leaves behind her brother William Parker McNeill, her son Skip (Sandy) Hymes, daughter, Donna (Leo) Kane, 7 grandchildren and 11 great grand children. She was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Nancy Krause Hymes.
The family would like to thank Spring Gardens Senior living center for the tender love and care she received during her stay. Inspiration Hospice provided comfort for her and the family while she was transitioning from this life to the next. Both were instrumental in helping the family accept her final days. Many thanks to them.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM in the American Fork Community Church, 75 North 100 East. Burial will be in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory on Barbara's Tribute Wall
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