November 8, 1953 – January 8, 2019
Barbara McCormack of Snohomish, WA died January 8, 2019 at her home.
Barbara was born November 8, 1954 in Ketchikan, Alaska to Capt. (USCG ret.) Harold J. and Rita E. McCormack who preceded her in death. Barbara grew up in Juneau, AK, Seattle, WA, Portsmouth, VA and Vienna, VA before moving with her military family to Bellevue, WA where she graduated from Newport High School & Bellevue College. Barbara’s trademark was free spirited optimism that she shared most of all with her daughter, Erika (David) Landis and son, Jonathan Armstrong as well as her precious grandchildren, Kasey and DJ Landis, all of Snohomish, WA. Besides her children and grandchildren, Barbara is survived by her partner Eric Schwandt of Arlington, WA, brother, Michael McCormack (Neda Shook) of Medina, WA and five sisters: Kathleen McCormack of Mill Creek, WA; Carol Campbell (Steven) of Overland Park, KS; Jeanne Argeris of Neptune, NJ; Patricia Prentice (John) of Snohomish, WA; and Peggy McCormack of Mill Creek, WA. Barbara loved her big family that included many nieces, nephews, and cousins who are devastated by the loss of their “Auntie Barb.”
A memorial service to celebrate Barbara's life will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Bellevue. To honor Barb’s love for animal print and all things sparkly feel free to incorporate these elements into your wardrobe if you wish as we celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (https://www.nationalmssociety.org/) in Barb’s honor.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, January 15, 2019
- Final Resting Place, Reception
Frank & Bobbie Olson
January 17, 2019
To our "other kids" Dave, Erika, Kasey and DJ...
There are no words to express just how heartbroken we are for you all. We first met your mom Barb at your beautiful wedding to David. Thinking back, she was such a sweet and warm person, and we could see just where you got your beautiful smile and wonderful personality from Erika! And then again, we crossed paths when David was called upon to be best man at his buddy's wedding. Casey our son was getting married to Jen and the wedding was to take place in the Bahamas in 2009. You came along with the family to help out with the little "Landis babies" Not only was there a beautiful wedding, but we all stayed ...maybe it was a week long after the wedding?..., to have some fun and relax and really get to know each other. Wonderful memories for sure. Beautiful Barb has left an amazing legacy for her grandchildren and I know that there is one beautiful guardian angel that will always be watching over and helping out with the little "Landis babies" Love you all... Frank & Bobbie
January 15, 2019
Dear Eric & Barb's Family,
It was wonderful to be a part of Barb's Celebration of Life today, to see so many come together in her memory, and hear the heartfelt stories of her life. It was a very touching tribute to a very special lady, who will be missed by everyone who's life she touched! We had the gift of knowing Barb for the past 10 years, since Eric brought her to the first monthly Dinner Club party. We automatically loved her --one of those people who you just "click" with right away. I will miss sharing Granddaughter stories with her, as Kasey and my Granddaughter are close to the same age. I especially remember our fun conversation about "Pinkalicious" and the Pinkalicious birthday party! Being an awesome Grandma and Mom was a top priority for her!
We will miss her very much, and hope the happy memories of her help all to heal and deal with a life lost too young.
Our sincere condolences, Marilyn and Scott Stuart - part of the Dinner Club Crew
Picture of our Christmas Dinner Club from 2011 - Fun Times!
January 15, 2019
I have started this so many times and every time its started with I can't believe this can be true. You have always had such a special place in my life and heart. I will never forget getting home at the old neighborhood and running to ask mom to call you to see if I could come over. You always made time for me. I was heartbroken when you moved from the neighborhood and you knew that. You still would call my parents to see if you could have me or after a family function I would beg to stay with my favorite Aunt Barb. When dad was sick you took me under your wing and kept me busy, playing games with me, letting me take a bath in your big tub with all the bubbles I wanted and watching multiple disney movies (on repeat). I never felt like a burden. You made sure to let me know how special I was to you. You let everyone know how special they were. I swear you had so much compassion and a heart of gold. I love you so! You'll always be my "favorite" <3
Krystal and John Blue
January 14, 2019
Meeting you for the first time we saw what drew Eric to you, your warm, fun loving spirit, your love for your family and friends. We always enjoyed the fun times we shared with you and Eric, from karaoke to evenings spent by the fire pit enjoying laughter, drinks and conversation. We loved seeing you and Eric together, it was a joy to see our friend so happy with you in his life. I am so glad that I had the blessing of knowing you and being able to call you my friend also. You will be missed by so many lives that you have touched, and so many who love you. We love you Barb, we will miss you.
Leslie and Bill Zylstra
January 14, 2019
My dear sweet funny friend Barb,
We were all so excited when Eric said he was bringing a new friend to our little dinner group's dinner party. We loved you from the moment we all met you . It was as if we had all known each other all our lives. I still can't believe you won't be with us anymore. I will miss your laugh. I will miss hearing about the trips you and Eric would take. And I will miss hearing about what you did with your grandchildren or the things that they were doing, but most of all I will miss you my dear sweet funny friend. I am so sad that I will no longer get to see your smiling face but am forever thankful that for a short time you were a part of our lives.
We love you, Leslie and Bill
January 14, 2019
Oh Barb how I'm going to miss you. You are the sister I always wanted. Your positive outlook, your warrior spirit and our shared love for Eric, I shall never forget you. You made the world a better place. Thank you for the years of happiness you gave to my brother and me. Soar among the angels, beat them all at backgammon, I love you.
Andrew and Caurilyn Schwandt
January 14, 2019
There are so many things wonderful things that we could say about you, where to start. You were a part of the family and were nothing less. You always brought joy to our hearts, weather it was your smile when we would first arrive and walk though the door or your laugh that brought a sound of complete happiness when ever it was heard. You would always lite up the room when you entered. Your warm heart and caring nature is a rare and fine quality that we had the pleasure of knowing. You will sorely be missed but never forgotten.
Andy and Cauri Schwandt
January 14, 2019
Erika, Jon, Dave, Kasey, & DJ, I am so sorry for your unimaginable loss. I have so many amazing memories (& am sending you more) but I hope these will help you heal. From perming our bangs at the Jersey Shore to buying Electric Youth perfume for Erika in upstate NY when there for a work trip, Aunt Barbara always knew what was cool & how to make things fun :) Even trips to the mall were an adventure, like when we were trying to take pics of the furniture/art at our favorite Bellevue store for inspiration w Aunt Barb and we got caught.
This past summer Aunt Barb was so excited to be with little Emilia & shared with me how I’ve probably now learned how to give up everything for myself to put my daughter first. Aunt Barb did just that but always in a fun, uplifting manner so you never knew just how much she was sacrificing to put others’ needs, wellbeing, & happiness first & she could naturally lift your mood instantly, as she did when we lost my dad or any time she entered the room. We love you, Aunt Barbara!
January 12, 2019
I love you so much. My favorite memory of you is, going to New Jersey. We had so much fun. The best part of it was having dinner with Aunt Rosemary, the concert on the beach, and most of all spending time with you. I had a blast with you and Aunt Jeanne.😊 we love you so much. I miss you more than words can explain.❤️
January 12, 2019
I love you so much, my best memory of you is going to New Jersey! I loved the concert on the beach and that day we drove down to the beach.❤️You were so exited. I don’t know who was more excited, me or you. We had so much fun with Aunt Jeanne❤️ We miss you so much. I miss you more than words can explain.
January 11, 2019
I knew we were headed for a wonderful future the first time we met. Ever thou you called me another mans name before we met, I wore a name tag so you could get the name right on our the first date. You were always the one to keep me smiling and looking forward to our next time together. As our relationship grew, I felt my heart filling with love that you gave me. We had such a wonderful time with each other no matter where or what we were doing. In the back yard around a camp fire, on road trips, camping, playing Backgammon, or just being "US :-)" I loved meeting your family, friends and could tell they loved you. You touched so many hearts in your journey and left so many warm wonderful thoughts with all.
There will never be another that will fill my heart with the Love that you did.
I miss you more than words can express, I didn't understand what a soul mate was, until I met you. I know you were mine.
Love you FOREVER honey, and look forward to when we will be together again.
The other half of “B & E”