Idaho Statesman, 01/30/13
Barbara Welker Greene, 89, passed away quietly from natural causes surrounded by her family in a Boise hospital on January 25, 2013. Born on March 19, 1923, the fourth child of Ethel Bacon Welker and Albert Wesley Welker in Georgetown, Idaho, Barbara spent her first nine years surrounded by generations of family in Bear Lake County, Idaho. Life changed forever when her parents packed up what they could with their six children in an automobile bound for Meridian, Idaho.
Barbara attended Meridian schools, graduating from Meridian Rural High School in 1941. She attended secretarial school after graduation and for the next 30 years worked as a secretary in various positions.
She married Cecil M. Stanley in Denver, CO in 1944. They moved back to Boise after he finished his military requirements. In 1951, their daughter, Deborah, was born. In 1956, their second daughter, Shelley, joined the family. Cecil and Barbara divorced in 1957. A few years later, she married Maurice H. Greene, a Boise attorney. They divorced in 1972.
Around that time, Barbara began her second career as an interior decorator working at Hendren's Fine Furniture. Barbara loved this work and used her innate sense of style, beauty, and organization to develop a successful career lasting until her retirement.
In 1983, Shelley and her husband, Ted Eisele, presented Barbara with the best gift ever, her first grandchild, David. Barbara began her final career: spoiling her grandchildren. Even so, she decided she needed more adventure in her life and moved to Corpus Christi, TX, to work with her nephews, Michael and Greg Mayes, in the furniture business. While in Texas, she earned her real estate license and worked diligently in the development of a resort community on South Padre Island, TX.
In 1986 when her granddaughters, Katie (Shelley and Ted Eisele) and Emily (Debbie and Fred Shoemaker) were born six weeks apart, Barbara decided it was time to come home. She moved back to Boise and began work at Ennis Furniture where she remained until her retirement.
Barbara loved her grandchildren and doted on them whenever she got the chance. Which, according to her, was never enough. She was so proud of the fact that all three graduated from college, something she never had the opportunity to do.
Barbara is survived by her two daughters, Shelley Eisele (Ted) and Debbie Shoemaker (Tom Nunamaker); her three grandchildren; her only remaining sibling, Gene Welker; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by many appreciated wonderful friends from throughout her life. She is preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Vivian MacDonald (Wilson), Afton Mayes (Carl), Roger Welker (Ida), and Sherman Welker (Mary).
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 in the LDS Church at 3200 W. Cassia St., Boise, Idaho with a viewing held prior to the service from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m. Another viewing will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, at the Relyea Funeral Chapel in Boise. Barbara will be laid to rest near her parents in the Meridian Cemetery after the services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice . Services are under the direction of the Relyea Funeral Chapel.
Published in Idaho Statesman on January 30, 2013