Barbara Hawkins Fetsch died unexpectedly October 9, 2017 during an extended visit to her family’s home at the Hawkins Ranch near Hollister, California.
Barbara was born February 12, 1947 in Alameda, California to Elizabeth H. Hawkins and Thomas W. Hawkins of Hollister. She grew up on the family ranch near Hollister, attending Ausaymas School and Hollister High, graduating in 1964. She then attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and University of Oregon, before marrying Ernie Fetsch of Lakeview, Oregon on May 2, 1970 at her family’s home on the Hawkins Ranch near Hollister. During the 1970’s Barbara worked as a seamstress and tailor at Fetsch’s Men Wear in Lakeview. After they divorced, Barbara moved to Ashland, Oregon, where she continued in business as a seamstress and tailor. During the next few years she finished her college degree at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. In 1999 she moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where she resided until her death, with extended stays at the family ranch at Fort Klamath, Oregon and at Hollister.
Barbara is survived by brother Gerald Hawkins (Carol) of Hollister and Fort Klamath, nephews Lee Hawkins (Anna) of Bakersfield, California and their daughter Allyson, Mark Hawkins (Sarah) of San Jose, California and their children Joshua and Evangeline; by cousin/special friend Lynne Cabral of Sprague River, Oregon; close friend Ladena Wells of Lakeview and her grown children Eli, Megan and Sarah; and by many other friends and relatives.
Services were privately held.
Contributions can be made in Barbara’s name to the charity of your choice.