Barbara Hazel (Burnham) Babneau Herland, 88, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot after a short stay in the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a heart attack in early August. Her health had been declining due to renal failure the last few years, but remained living independently until this time.
She was born in Andover, Vermont on February 12, 1925 to Lewis Burnham and Hazel (Pinney) Burnham and was the third child of ten, five boys and five girls. Being the oldest girl she had many responsibilities of helping take care of the younger siblings while the two older brothers put in long days helping their Dad in the logging business.
In June of 1943, she married Joseph Edward Babneau and made their home in Dublin, New Hampshire. Barbara held many jobs back then, working at D.D. Beans Match shop, a cook at the Dublin Boys Preparatory School, Birch Acres and as a self-employed, self-taught upholsterer for which she was well known in and around the Dublin area, but the most important job of all was the mother of her three children, Ronald, Margaret and Thomas. Upon retiring and selling the home they built together in Dublin, she and Joe moved to Old Town, Florida where they lived until Joe’s passing in April of 1989.
Barbara later married Fredrick Herland and they continued to make their home in Florida until his death in July of 2002. After his death she sold her home and moved to Blackfoot to be closer to her sons and their families. She thoroughly enjoyed her family and friends, site seeing, traveling in the mountains, flowers, bird watching, and rock collecting. Barbara was a member of the Nation Audubon Society. She was knowledgeable of life itself, loved to tell stories and well known for the heavy New England accent she “nev’a” lost.
She is survived by her sons and their wives, Ron (Lori) Babneau of Mackay, Tom (Sheila) Babneau of Blackfoot; eight grandchildren sixteen great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both of her husbands, her daughter, Margaret, and brother, Larry Burnham and sister, Betty Gagnon.
As per her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place
at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to service In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Idaho Food Bank or the National Audubon Society as a memorial gift. Condolences may be sent to the family at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Her family would like to thank Dr. Paul Becket and staff, Dr. Michael Haderlie and staff, her home health nurse, Cassie Manhart and the nurses and staff at the Skilled Nursing Center at BMH for the loving care given to her in time of need.