Barbara Lou Morrison Schulthies passed away peacefully on October 19, 2020; exactly three weeks after the death of her sweetheart for fifty-one years, Vaughn Carlisle Schulthies. She had many gifts and talents, and was known to different people as a farmer’s wife, gardener, lover of the performing arts, passionate family history researcher, intimately attentive grandmother, bread baker (in her younger years), addiction recovery mentor, ever-learning and eager student of whatever captured her attention, seamstress and quilter, party organizer, Halloween enthusiast, patient listener and counselor, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint temple worker, Names-and-Numbers saleswoman, traveler, mom to eight children and grandmother to 35 ½ grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
She was born in Vernal, Uintah County, Utah on January 21, 1951, the first of four children to Robert Burke Morrison and Laura Alice Millecam. Barbara and her siblings, Ranee Feltch, Rod Morrison, and Mary Gardner, had fond memories of their childhood. They enjoyed many fishing and camping trips lead by their father and their mother taught them to enjoy dress-ups, big hats, and entertaining. She was a ballerina and ballroom dancer and performed at many events with her dance partner. Besides dance, she had a passion for ballet, math, English, and was very out-going.
On August 29, 1969, Barbara married Vaughn Schulthies, whom she met while attending Brigham Young University. They left school to start a dairy farming operation in Nyssa Oregon, a real transition from her “city” upbringing. Together they raised eight children: Juliene and Dale Robins (Utah), Becky and Mohammad Barakat (New Jersey), Wade and Angela Schulthies (Idaho), Stoney Schulthies (Oregon), Weston and Lori Schulthies (Oregon), Tara and Tommy Rushton (Oregon), Sheree Schulthies (Oregon), Logan and Emily Schulthies (Oregon). Later she sold advertising in the Names and Numbers local phonebook company; volunteered as an addiction recovery mentor in the Snake River Correctional Institute and as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint temple worker in Boise and Meridian Temples; and delighted in attending events in her grandchildren’s lives. She loved to participate in and attend any cultural production she could; created a garden oasis for family gatherings in her yard; and was always studying scriptures or reading up on a topic and sharing what she had learned. In January, she and Vaughn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren in Hawaii.
Blessed with a witty sense of humor, a love of learning, and a desire to serve, Barbara left a rich legacy in the children, grandchildren, and larger community she nurtured.
There was a viewing on Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 4-7pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Fruitland Idaho, 325 N Pennsylvania Ave, Fruitland ID 83619
Funeral services for Barbara where held for immediate family members on Monday October 26, 2020 at 11:22 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Owyhee Ward Building in Nyssa Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the “FRESH START FOR INMATES FUND” through venmo or check to Becky Schulthies.
A link will be available to watch the service on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 on this page.