Donna Lee Barber
June 6, 1946 - November 26, 2018
Donna was born in Walla Walla, Washington on June 6, 1946 to George R. and Hollis M. (Griffith) Moore. Her early years were spent on a small farm there, and at age 12 the family moved to Woodburn, Oregon. She graduated from Woodburn High School in 1964. She was a founding member of the Woodburn Hiliners Dance Team. She then went to Oregon State University (Alpha Chi Omega) in the Class of 1968 in general science. For 2 years after college, she flew as an international stewardess for TWA.
On June 21, 1969, she married Martin “Steve” Barber, MD. After he finished the final 2 years of medical school at OHSU, they moved to San Diego to continue his medical and surgical training in the US Navy. Their three daughters were born in San Diego, CA and their son was born in Salem, OR while Steve was deployed with the Navy. In 1979, the family moved to Los Angeles, for an oncology fellowship at UCLA. In 1980, the family returned to Salem, to set up Steve’s surgical practice. They bought a small farm where they have lived for 38 years. From that farm, they family founded Hylo Tree Farms which grew to 425 acres which was one of the largest family owned Christmas tree farms in Oregon. Donna played a major role in the culturing of the trees and was the yard boss during harvest, making sure the right mix trees were on the right truck, heading to the right destination. In addition, the farm produced thousands of wreaths, under her direction. She was also the bookkeeper and spent countless hours on the tractor, working ground and planting baby seedlings. In addition, Donna was an active parent volunteer at Rosedale Elementary School and Judson Junior High School. She coached girls softball with Judson Little League and was a scorekeeper for Babe Ruth baseball.
When the farm was downsized, Donna spent her later years traveling, camping, hunting and fishing with her husband. She was an avid gardener, quilter and grandmother. She was the family historian and developed an extensive family tree.
Donna is survived by her husband of 49 years, Martin “Steve” Barber MD; 4 children: Jennifer Joyce of Newburyport, MA, Benjamin of Bullhead City, AZ, Sara Iodice of Salem, OR and Angelia (Chris) Schmidt of Cos Cob, CT; 5 grandchildren: Nicholas and Katelyn Iodice, Hudson and Amelia Schmidt and Jett Barber; 2 step-grandchildren: Michael and Haylee Iodice and 2 sisters: Launa (Wally) Pohlschneider of Aurora, OR and Nelda Stonelake of Champoeg, OR.
Per her wishes, no services will be held at this time. Donna wishes you to celebrate her life and whatever small part she played in you becoming who you are. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory to Minto-Brown Island Park through the Salem Parks Foundation or to Willamette Valley Hospice. A family memorial service will be held when a memorial bench is placed at the park. The Barber Family would like to thank Willamette Valley Hospice for their excellent care for Donna and her family. “The trick is growing up without growing old.”