Barbara Jean Pfister
Feb 18, 1925 - Jan 11, 2010

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Barbara Jean Porter Pfister, 84, passed away of natural causes unexpectedly at her home in Veyo, Utah on January 11, 2010.  Healthy and active throughout her life, she was an inspiration for all who knew her.  She was born on February 18th, 1925 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the seventh child of Edson Isaac Porter and Clara Jameson Porter.  She spent her youth in Ammon, Idaho, Sun River, Tampico, and Montana. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1943.  After high school, Barb worked on the construction of the Fort Peck Dam, then moved to Denver with a friend and worked there for several months.  She left Denver and returned to Tampico to provide post-surgery care for her mother, and married Rudy Pfister in Tampico, Montana, on September 7th, 1947.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Provo LDS Temple in June, 1977.  She and Rudy made their first home in Lewistown, Montana.  In 1948 they moved to Roundup, Montana where they raised their family and made their home until they moved to Veyo, Utah in December, 2003. 
Barbara is survived by her husband, Rudy, and 6 children:  Polly Pfister (George Ochenski) of Helena, Montana; James (Roxane) Pfister of Logan, Utah; Dale (Jill) Pfister of Clinton, Utah; Rex (Linda) Pfister of Helena, Montana; Rozell (Arlin) Hughes of Veyo, Utah; and Lujean (Ivan) Vander Esch of Miles City, Montana.  She is survived by 34 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers Grant Max Porter of Kalispell, Montana, and Stanley Porter of Gilbert, Arizona.  She was preceded by one grandchild, Teigen Vander Esch.  She was also preceded by 6 siblings.
Barbara was a vibrant and compassionate woman who always gladly gave much of herself in service to those around her. In her youth she loved sports, including horseback riding, basketball, softball, and once scored 42 points in a league basketball game.  Barb had a great sense of humor.  She loved the outdoors, spending many days gardening, fishing, and camping with her family.   Among her many hobbies were basket-weaving , sewing and woodworking. She kept meticulous diaries and a lively email correspondence with family and friends.  A woman of many talents, she could upholster furniture and cut up a beef or elk with equal competence.  Her talents in the kitchen were outstanding, including baking her own bread from fresh-ground flour, canning and preserving enormous amounts of food, and up until three months ago, preparing dinner for 16 family members every Sunday.  When “Grandma Barb” was cooking, no one went away hungry.
She loved life and helped to make everyone around her a better person.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She had an abiding testimony of the Savior, and she served diligently in many church callings throughout her lifetime.  She was a rock upon whom we all leaned, and she will be greatly missed. 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 16th at 11 am at the Veyo LDS chapel, 176 E. Center Street.    Friends may call on Saturday from 9 to 11 am also at the Veyo chapel.  Interment will be in the Veyo Cemetery.