On Monday, March 4, Barbara Hope Kemp Grimm, age 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep, in Oak Harbor, Wash. Her husband of 57 years, Bill, and her brother, Sidney Kemp, preceded her in death.
After Barbara and Bill retired, they moved from Reno, Nev., to the Coupeville, Wash. area, where they lived for many years.
Barbara began her teaching career in the Lake Tahoe area of California, where she met the love of her life, Bill.
Teaching was Barbara’s passion. She taught business-related courses in both high school and community college settings in California and Nevada. Barbara received her bachelor of arts from the University of Nevada, and her masters in business administration from the University of Denver. Her emphasis was on business and computer technology. Barbara retired from Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, where she was a tenured professor and a department chair.
Barbara was active in many service organizations. She was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow Girls and served as its Grand Worthy Advisor for California in 1949. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Barbara was very involved in ZONTA International, which strives to empower women by helping them gain access to education, health care and economic opportunities.
Barbara is survived by her nephew, Larry Grimm, of (Woodinville, Wash.); niece, Julie Bell (Glendale, Ariz.); Beth Thompson (Olympia, Wash.) and Brad Thompson (Lafayette, Calif).
Donations in Barbara’s name can be made to the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation or the American Lung Association.
Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, Wash.