June 4, 1943 — Sept. 5, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
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Anna Barbara Stevenson

Anna Barbara Friedline-Stevenson, 77, of Columbus, Mont., joined her heavenly family on Sept. 5, 2020. She died peacefully in her home with family at her side.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Columbus Evangelical Church (2 East 1st Ave. North, in Columbus) followed by light refreshments. Internment will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the Columbus Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Barb’s memory may be sent to Columbus Evangelical Church, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MT 59019 or Special K Ranch, P.O. Box 479, Columbus, MT 59019.

Barb was born on June 4, 1943, in Elmer, New Jersey, to Arthur and Kathryn Friedline. Her parents raised chickens. Something about the way her parents handled those chickens sparked Barb’s lifelong fondness for chickens. If you visited any of the kitchens Barb had, you’d know this.

She made chickens a central part of every kitchen she decorated. Barb was a Brownie and a Girl Scout. The Brownies and Girl Scouts had profound, positive impacts on her life and character. Rising through the ranks, she developed as a natural leader.

She had a sense of duty, devotion, and loyalty to our country, including the young girls who would follow in her footsteps. She adored the great outdoors and roughing it.

And, she could cook like a gourmet chef on any campfire. She generously shared all of these passions with the girls she led as a Girl Scout leader. A great memory of her is the time her troop asked her for green eggs and ham, she delivered. Those were greener than any eggs ever seen.

As a young woman, Barb left New Jersey with her husband Pete and their four children: Cindy, Jimmy, Denise and Kay in a pickup truck camper. They eventually settled on Big Sky Country — their forever home.

This Evangelical Church is where they found friendship, fellowship and family. The families of Rodney and Lois Fink, Jim and Betty Ann Roan, Larry and Marilyn Kober, and Pete and Barb Hall became inseparable for many years. These enduring friendships brought some of the best times life has to offer.

Barb loved history “This included the genealogy of her family”, visiting battlefields, cooking, sewing, gardening, canning, crocheting, quilting and camping. With a map in hand, she was always ready to explore a battlefield or historical site.

Barb loved the citizens of the United States of America. Never one to miss a parade or a Fourth of July celebration, she jumped at every opportunity to either honor or to wave the American flag. In almost every facet of her life, her patriotism and sense of duty shined through. From her service as an ambulance volunteer and Girl Scout Leader in New Jersey to her love of God and country in Montana, Mom was never shy to wave the red, white and blue. Of course red being her favorite color.

As life dealt many difficult health issues, Barb had to curtail some activities. But, she loved to spend her time talking to her dear friends and family. She enjoyed watching the cooking channel, reruns of Gunsmoke, and MASH reruns. And, she was always thrilled by taking to the open road. A birthday tradition of a trip to Yellowstone National Park was an annual highlight.

Truly a woman of many talents, many passions, and overflowing joys, Barb left her mark. Kind and generous, she never shied from lending a helping hand to those in need.

Barb loved God, the USA and the Big Sky Country. She treasured her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She loved and adored her husband, Jim Stevenson, who brought her great joy.

As we remember and honor Barb, a verse from a patriotic song helps us put this moment in perspective:

And when our work is done,

Our course on earth is run,

May it be said, ‘Well Done;

Be Thou At Peace.’

Barb, your work was more than well-done. Thank you is not enough. We will love you always. Be forever at peace.