Barbara Ann Guthrie
April 5, 1927 – September 20, 2019
Barbara Guthrie of Spokane, age 92, passed away on September 20, 2019.
She was born to the late Henry Reuter and Tilda Reuter on April 5, 1927, in Havre, Montana. When she was in the fifth grade, the family moved to Eastport, Idaho, on the U.S./Canadian Border, where her father was the Head of Immigration at the border crossing. Barb loved to ride her bike throughout the area, and especially along the Moyie River. Barb attended Bonners Ferry High School (Idaho), where she met her future husband of 72 years, Dick Guthrie. The two began dating their junior year of high school and were married in 1947. The high school sweethearts resided in Spokane, Washington, where they raised their three children: Karen Guthrie-Mehlert, Mark Guthrie and Jodi Guthrie-Marty. The family spent their summers at their cabin at Priest Lake, Idaho, where Barb loved to swim, go for boat rides and pick huckleberries. Barb was the first woman hired for the National Forest Service, and in the summer of 1944, Barb served as lookout attendant. In 1945 Barb passed an exam that admitted her to a U.S. Government nursing program, which she attended in Spokane. She was a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in Spokane for 40 years. Many of her co-workers called her, ‘Smiley,” because she was always smiling and cheerful. In her retirement, Barb volunteered at St. Luke’s. Barb was very active at Central Lutheran Church in Spokane. She especially enjoyed making lefsa at the church every year with many of her friends. She was an active member of the church for 70 years. Barb had a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. Many that had the privilege of knowing her will tell you that she was the nicest person they ever knew. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband Dick, daughter Karen Guthrie-Mehlert (Ron Mehlert), son Mark Guthrie (Marilyn), daughter Jodi Guthrie-Marty (Lucky Marty), five grandchildren (Craig Crandall, Melissa Guthrie, Ben Guthrie, Alex Marty, and Max Marty), and two great granddaughters (Ruthie Kirkby and Cecilia Marty). A Celebration of Barbara’s Life will be held at Central Lutheran Church, 512 South Bernard St., Spokane, WA, on Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Central Lutheran Church in Memory of Barbara Guthrie.
- Celebration of Barbara's Life Saturday, September 28, 2019
Barbara Ann Guthrie
Frank and Jeanette Laprezioso
September 25, 2019
We first met Barbara and Dick in 1972, when we took possession of our cabin near theirs at Priest Lake. For 30 years, we shared the dock area, dinners, and family stories. Barbara loved to talk, and she always had a smile. We often phoned each other during the winter between our home in California and theirs in Washington. Barbara's infectious laugh always made us feel as if we were in the same room. We will miss her. All our love to Dick and the family