For the Record: Obituaries
February 7, 2002
Virgil P. Hodges died at Tahoe Forest Hospital last Friday. He was 97.
Hodges was born in Crook County, Oregon in 1904. He spent much of his life in Oregon and West Covina, Calif., before moving to Truckee seven years ago.
After graduating from Oregon State University, Hodges worked for the New York Life Insurance Company for more than 50 years. He was also a WWII veteran.
He is preceded in death by his wife Margaret Mary Hodges and his brother Loren Hodges.
He is survived by his daughters, Nancy Louise Wahl of Sacramento and Mary Ellen Cruz of Truckee, and his sons, Thomas Parker Hodges of San Mateo and Virgil Lynn Hodges of Lucerne, Calif. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
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No services will be held at Hodges’ request.
Inurnment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego and memorials are being established with Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759 Truckee, Calif., 96160.
Parents were former owners of Sierra Sun
Barbara Smart Barrett died last Sunday, Feb. 3. She was 79.
She was born in Patricia, Alberta, Canada to Harriet and Walter Barrett, who later owned and published the Sierra Sun for more than 30 years, from 1936 to 1967. Several years later, her future husband would become a regular contributor to the Sierra Sun, with his historical columns entitled “My Place in the Sun.”
Barbara had a full and interesting life. She was a pioneer, teacher, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her enjoyments were her knitting, church music, writing, politics, current events, fellowship groups and people in general.
In her teen years her family homesteaded in Grande Praire, Alberta. She helped clear land, split rails for her home and barn, did the many chores it takes to have a working farm.
During WWII she married Douglas Barrett, an American GI stationed in Canada on the airforce base where Barbara worked as a secretary.
She moved to Truckee and within five years, the two were the proud parents of four blond daughters.
One of Barbara’s proudest moments was becoming a citizen of the United States. In her autobiography she states, “It was a great feeling. I was no longer a girl without a country – having all those years I had to carry a friendly alien card. Now I could vote again.”
The family’s next move was to Sacramento and then Berkeley. She was active in the North Oakland Senior Center where she taught knitting classes. Barbara also enjoyed her circle group at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. Barbara not only knitted clothing for her family, but donated hats, mittens, and scarves to charities.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Welter, and her four daughters, Kathryn MacClelland, Sheila Anderson, Phyllis Walker, and Patricia Barrett. She also has 17 grandchildren and nine (soon to be 10) greatgrandchildren.
Anyone wishing to honor Barbara’s memory is requested to send remembrances or contributions to: North Oakland Senior Center, attn: Mary Norton at 5714 Martin Luther King Drive, Oakland, Calif. 94609 or to the Alta Bates Summit Foundation, Directed Donation to Mental Health Services at 2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, Calif. 94705.
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