Barbara Jane Galloway

October 16, 1945March 27, 2012

Barbara Jane (Busch, Martin) Galloway passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Yuma, AZ from a lingering illness. Barbara was born in Mt Vernon, Washington in 1945 to Carl and Helen (Lange) Busch. She was the oldest of three, having one brother, Carl (Busch) Martin, and one sister, Patty (Martin) Nichols. Her biological father passed away in 1949 and her mother remarried in 1952 to Jack Martin, who adopted Barbara and Carl and became the “dad” they knew and loved.

The family moved to Idaho Falls in 1957 and Barbara graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1963. Her career included a stint of being a hair stylist in Ephrata, WA where she lived with an aunt for a period of time. She later moved back to Idaho Falls and worked at an answering service, was the voice of the Ski Report for a local radio station for a period of time, worked for the State of Idaho as a Developmental Technician, worked for a short time at Sam’s Club and later for an independent company as a Developmental Workforce counselor.

She met her husband John D. Galloway while working at the answering service. He fell in love with her sweet voice and constantly called to talk to her. They were married November 27, 1981 in Idaho Falls, and spent time living in Idaho Falls, Shelley and Ammon. They had recently moved to Yuma, AZ to enjoy their retirement years together . Her hobbies included interior decorating, breeding Pekinese dogs, traveling, and of course taking cruises. She was known as “the Sugar Plum Princess” by several of the neighborhood children. One of her greatest joys was showing her magnificent “Black Pearl” girl at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

She is survived by her adoptive father, Jack Martin of Yuma, AZ; brother, Carl Martin of Colbert, WA; and sister, Patty Nichols of Colorado Springs, CO. She was preceded in death by her biological father, Carl Busch and her mother Helen Martin. Per her request, there will be no funeral services. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Idaho Falls and will be announced on her Facebook page. Friends and family can post comments on the Funeraria Del Angel Mortuary website at She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that takes our breath away.”


Barbara Jane Galloway

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March 7, 2016

I miss my Aunt so much. I miss my Uncle John too. I loved them both so very much and they were a huge part of my life. Not a day goes by that me or my mom don't think or talk about them. I talk to Aunt Barb often and know she is waiting for us in Heaven. I am happy she is not suffering. She lived a life worthy of praise. My happiest days were with them in the Shelley house. Too me, that was Heaven on earth.

Debbie Nadon

May 22, 2013

I called Barbara's phone in Idaho today and it was disconnected. I wanted to tell her "Baby Girl" is 12 years old today. I bought her"Pekingese" 4 month old puppy at a Boise dog show. This dog has been my baby for 12 years. She is a little slow around the edges but loved just as much. Barbara, thank you for this now "old girl". I will miss you, Barbara.

Jill & Neville Fagerlund

June 5, 2012

Dear John
Please accept our condolences.
We have many happy memories of Barb both here when you came for a trip and when we were with you both in Idaho.
Barb was a special person full of life and fun.
We will miss her very much.

Julie & Jeff Summers

May 20, 2012

This is not easy to say as I did not ever see Barbara well- so now I realize I missed out on a very Special person.
John take comfort in knowing that now you have a Special Guardian Angel to watch over you to help with the rest of your life's journey.
I & Jeff are here for you.

Gary & Glorianna Schneckloth

April 27, 2012

We extend our sincere sympathy to you. We have not seen you and Barbara in quite a while but have many pleasant memories of the "the good old days".

Carl & Judy Koehly

April 25, 2012

Dear John, We were so sorry to hear about Barbara's passing. Hope you are doing okay. We have many good memories of time we spent with both of you.

Cal & Bonnie Miller

April 25, 2012

John, sorry it has taken us so long to share our sorrow in your loss. Barbara will be missed. She was a beautiful person inside and out. We both miss the good times when we were guests at your Chrismas get togethers. Let us know how you are doing and be sure to stop by when you get back up to Idaho. We don't do facebook.

April 10, 2012

Dear John:
I'm sorry for your loss of Barb. I don't remember not knowing her. She had a way of making people feel as if they mattered. My Dad always said she was one of the smartest women he'd ever known. It was always fun having her around. Ginger (Denton) Durbin

Corey Boyd

April 10, 2012

Barbara will always have a special place in my heart. Her smile, her tan, her cooking, and always ready for a beer...

Dave and Janae Pushard

April 10, 2012

We go back a lot of years John. When you first brought Barb to the house, Janae and I both thought she was a jewel. Time proved us wrong. She was way more than that. She had the most beautiful personality I have ever encountered. It's sad that retirement and distance ended the fun times we shared.
I know the grief you feel and have been told it will ease.
Hang tough and take care of yourself.