March 6, 1942 - April 29, 2013
Barbara peacefully joined the Lord from her home in Minden on April 29, 2013. Her husband, two sons and sister were at her side as she lost her long battle with cancer. Virtually all of her family and many friends in the area were able to visit her in the last few weeks of her life.
Barbara was born in Harvey, IL to Muriel and Hector Hill. When Barbara was still very young, the family moved to Dallas, TX where she spent her formative years. She graduated Cum Laude from Thomas Jefferson High School where she was active in choir and theater as well as excelling academically. Barbara attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX before moving to Albuquerque, NM where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of New Mexico. She began her teaching career at West Mesa High School and later taught at Cibola High School, both in Albuquerque. A career in real estate evolved while in Albuquerque where she won numerous awards and gained many clients and friends over the ensuing twenty years. She met her husband, Bill Strand, after he retired from the US Air Force and was working in Albuquerque for Science Applications International. They were married in 1988 and thus began a loving and fulfilling twenty-five year marriage. The Strands retired in 1997, built a home in the mountains of southern New Mexico near Magdalena, and spent seven happy years enjoying the beneficence of a small, close-knit community. In 2004 the Strands moved to Minden, NV, partially to move to a lower altitude, but mostly because they both fell in love with the Carson Valley.
Barbara died as she lived, under her own terms. She will be remembered as a beautiful, vibrant, strong person whose smile could light up a room and touched the lives of all who knew her. Her passion and talents were always in the “arts”. She participated in arts and craft shows selling her wearable art, she enjoyed watercolor and oil painting, she played the piano and had a lovely singing voice. Over her lifetime, she sang in numerous church and civic choirs as well as participating in amateur musical plays and productions. Shortly after arriving in Minden, she learned to play duplicate bridge and became an avid participant in the clubs in the area. She often said that the bridge games were good, but the wonderful friends she met while playing helped make her retirement years so pleasurable. Barbara was a loyal friend, devoted wife and a loving mother. She was a fierce competitor who never backed down from a fight. Unfortunately, some fights are not meant to be won.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Bill; her son, Brent and granddaughter, Erin; her son, Bob and his wife, Felicia; granddaughter, Sarah; grandson, Marshal; her sister, Marlys; her stepdaughter, Cindy; grandchildren, Ryan and Tara, and stepson, Michael and granddaughters, Ainsley and Brynna. Her mother and father and her younger brother, Roger preceded Barbara in death.
There will be no service at Barbara’s request. The family will arrange a celebration of life at a later date. Donations in her memory can be made to the Douglas Animal Welfare Group (DAWG), P.O. Box 1850, Gardnerville, NV 89410 or to Wounded Marines at the Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd. Suite 102, PMB, Oceanside, CA 92057.
Special thanks are appropriate for the loving care and kindness provided by the Saint Mary’s Hospice. FitzHenry’s Funeral Home in Carson City was entrusted with the final arrangements.