Keith & Keith Funeral Home

902 West Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA


Barbara Gale Halbakken

Passed away on January 4, 2020

Our beloved, Barbara Gale Halbakken (Seaver), 82, of Yakima passed away peacefully on January 4, 2020. She was born on November 15, 1937 in Wellsville, New York to the late Ruth Dorothy Knapp. Her middle name and spelling were chosen as there were fierce gale winds on the day she was born, and it was windy in the early morning hours as she journeyed to heaven.

Barbara moved to Bellevue, WA in 1954 to live with her beloved Uncle Ted, who was like a father to her and her siblings. She graduated from Bellevue High in 1955, and then went on to beauty school where she received her Beautician license that same year. While attending a hairdresser workshop, she met and then went on to marry her husband Robert D. Halbakken, on September 1, 1956 at Grace Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Robert was drafted into the Army and they moved to Fort Ord, where their first daughter Risë, was born in 1958. They moved back to Bellevue and bought their first home in Lake Hills. Their son, Eric, was born in 1961 and a second daughter, Heidi, in 1963. In 1965 the family moved to Lake Alice and enjoyed living there until 1981. Barbara sang with the Sweet Adelines and loved digging for old bottles with her friends, Bonnie and Gloria. Robert and Barbara semi retired to a 40 acre ranch in Okanogan County. She loved her time there; they had milk and beef cows, chickens and a wonderful garden. St. Marie’s, ID was their next adventure. While there, they volunteered with Hospice and again, had a large garden. Her huge sunflowers could be seen from very far away! In 1996 they moved to Yakima to be close to their children and grandchildren. During that time, Barbara volunteered with the YMCA Book-a-Rama for many years, collecting and sorting books. She also enjoyed helping Margaret Mashburn with her Estate Sales.

Barbara was known for her baking, delicious cookies, including sugar cookies which her grandchildren would help decorate. Her pies were a favorite and everyone always looked forward to them.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her son Eric, her brothers John and Charles, sisters Donna and Cynthia, her dear Uncle Ted, and many other loved ones.

She is survived by her daughters, Risë and Heidi (Mark), four grandchildren, Kristina (Dave), Angela (Kane), Hanna (Spencer), and Joshua, and her great grandchildren, Riley and Addison. Also, many relatives and friends who she held dear.

Some of Barbara’s favorite things were reading and collecting books from Inklings, a quad mocha at Starbucks, See’s dark chocolates, hot fudge sundaes, lipstick and earrings. So next time you enjoy one of these things, please think of Barbara.

Remembrances may be made in her name to the Humane Society of Yakima or Cottage In The Meadow.

We Love-a, love-a, love-a you! We love you more!


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Leigh Ann Halbakken Coleman

January 12, 2020

Auntie Barbara how I will miss your calls on my birthday and songs you would sing on my voice mail if I couldn’t answer. Thank you for reading me a book when I was young about gnomes and how much work they do while I slept. I still have them in my garden to this day and always will in your honor. I love you.

Pati Monigold

January 11, 2020

Barbara, such a dear friend to me and encourager to me during my journey in life. You always sent me a birthday card with an update of your life. You taught me about hunting for old bottles which I have many from Derby Canyon and one whiskey bottle from the old out house in the woods at Lake Alice. So many memories from lake Alice,. You are already missed but not really because you left part of yourself forever in my heart. Love you Barbara.💕

Vicki Halbakken

January 10, 2020

Sweet Auntie, you will be truly missed! So many memories at Lake Alice with our huge crazy family. I still have the cookbook you gave me back in 1970 and a few of your books on herbal medicine. Thank you for being a part of my life❤️

Jeanette Mcnamee

January 10, 2020

Barbra will be missed. I will always remember seeing her and Bob when they lived next to our property in Okanogan. Her and Bob were loving and kind to my family and visiting with them was the highlight of going to my family’s property. Rest In Peace Barbra ❤️

Debbie Rudow

January 10, 2020

We will miss auntie Barbara, she was the sweetest person that I have ever known. She never missed my birthday, always called to sing Happy Birthday, and she always sent a card with a Star Bucks gift card in it, not to mention the confetti 💕 she always wrote a little message in them cards and always made me smile. She was such a wonderful lady and I will miss her, and I know that I will see her again someday in heaven. Until we meet again, Love You Bunches!!