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Barbara Lucille Gasser Asboe passed away peacefully on January 13, 2024, surrounded by loved ones.
On November 14, 1928, Ivan and Lucille Edwards Gasser, prominent residents of Pocatello, welcomed Barbara Lucille into the world. She was the youngest of their four children.
Barbara attended Pocatello schools-Whittier Elementary and Franklin Junior High School. She performed well academically, earning the honor of Valedictorian of the Pocatello High School graduating class of 1946. At Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she became a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. While there, Barbara was awarded the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa key for her academic excellence.
After college, Barbara returned to Idaho to teach in School District #25. Her first position for the district was teaching American Government and Economics at Pocatello High School.
Barbara married Donald Asboe on June 12, 1952, and they became, over the years, the proud parents of five children. As was the policy of that time, Barbara spent the next 16 years as a caring mother. She instilled in her children the admirable qualities of intellect, industry, humility, kindness, and, above all, a sense of humor. She later returned to teaching and completed 20 years at Alameda Junior High School where she taught English and Spanish to ninth graders. She enjoyed working with young students.
Barbara delighted in time with friends and was active in many organizations. She served as an advisor for the ISU chapter of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and was an active member of the ISU Women's Club, Chapter AK, PEO, Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and, after retiring, the Portneuf Writing Group. For many years, she attended the Christian Science Church in Pocatello and served as their organist. Her leisure time was spent knitting, reading, and writing (mostly humorous verse), playing bridge, listening to opera, and she never met a crossword or jigsaw puzzle that she didn't like!
As their nest emptied, Barbara and Don were able to travel and attend operatic performances throughout the U.S. and the world. When she could pull herself away from the bridge table, she would turn the volume UP LOUD and listen to Verdi and Puccini.
Throughout her life, Barbara's keen wit and sense of humor never deserted her and, therefore, allowed her to make people smile for as long as she could.
Barbara is survived by her five children: Lucie Asboe, Pocatello; Peggy (Ron) Carr, Twin Falls, ID; Cynthia (David) Misbeek, Glendale, AZ; Andrew Asboe, Marlborough, MA; and George Asboe, Pocatello. Five grandchildren: Katie and Andrea Carr, Mary and Maggie Misbeek, and Matthew Asboe. And two special nieces, Gunda Jones and Georgette Olsen. She is also survived by many loving, and beloved, nieces and nephews, and a multitude of grandnieces and nephews with whom she enjoyed visiting.
We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Quail Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care for their kind and loving support of our mother during her time with them. Their care was truly extraordinary, and each and every one of them became like family to all of us.
We would also like to thank Enhabit Hospice for making our mother feel so loved and peaceful during her last days, and for their support and concern for our family.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Gretchen Hess Professional Growth Fund Fund or to Chapter AK PEO/Cottey College Scholarship Fund.
The Gretchen Hess Professional Growth Fund
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Pocatello, ID 83209
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A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 3rd at 12PM in the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Family will receive friends 11AM. Graveside services will follow around 1:15PM in the Mountain View Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com