Barbara Carpenter

Barbara Carpenter

Mrs. Barbara Ann Carpenter, age 78 of San Tan Valley Arizona passed away at Banner Ironwood Medical Center surrounded by her family.

She was born in Schoenebeck Germany on February 23, 1941 to her parents Karl Ernst Louis Butz and Anna Winkelmann Butz. While working for the U.S. Army, she met the love of her life J.C. Carpenter and they were married on June 14, 1963. Together they had three sons. Barbara worked tirelessly to learn English and study to become a fully naturalized citizen after immigrating to the United States in 1965.

She lovingly raised her three sons with her husband while living and working in Kent, Washington. A Den Mother, active in the PTA for her sons schools, she also knew what terrible music sounded like while listening to her sons practice various musical instruments, sometimes late into the night. Always being there to support her children and her family, this was her first love in life with the only equal being her love for her husband.

Barbara loved life as she loved her family. She enjoyed her time whether seeing the countryside on long weekend drives, on the back of the motorcycle when her husband would take her for long trips, or while camping with the family and enjoying the outdoors. She learned her love of fishing in Leavenworth which is a memory her oldest son’s hold dear and will never forget. She supported all of her children in each of their endeavors and she always worked hard to help her family prosper and grow. She sacrificed for her children as a true mother would do, and enjoyed the fruits of her work in the love of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She loved bringing people joy in their lives especially when she could do so working as a florist. When flowers weren’t available she used baked goods and just her generous smile and love of the world. Spending time with family friends and neighbors, spreading her love and support to all.

If a life can be measured in the people touched, Barbara would be among the best. Her endless love was a lesson taught deeply to her family and flowed on from them.

Barbara is survived by her husband J.C. and their three sons Michael, Thomas and Kevin who with their wives Roni, Dawn and Christy have six grandchildren Aubrey, Caitlin, Ryan, Alicia, Lauren and Hailey as well as her great grandchildren Tyrome, Bobbie Ann and soon to be Kristyn.

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14 responses to Barbara Carpenter

  1. JC, I feel so blessed to have had the chance for our family to carol at Christmas time to you both, and especially that our granddaughter Lizzy could sing to her in German. Our family still talks about how spiritual and inspired that felt.

  2. So sorry for your loss. We will always remember Barb”s great cooking and lovely smile as well as the enjoyment of watching the two of you dancing. Barb will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

  3. Sorry for your familys loss. Did not know Barbara and J C real well ,but we live in same community and occasionally spoke to each other.
    Did not realize you lived in Kent, Washington. I lived there for many years and my kids grew up there.
    She will be missed in our community, may she rest in place .

  4. Barb and Sandy loved talking German recipes and we were never disappointed with the food she shared with everyone. A really nice friend who will be missed by all. Praying for you J.C. 🙏🙏

  5. So sorry for your loss. Barb was an inspiration to many & will be missed. I enjoyed talking to her & hearing her stories. I especially enjoyed her cheesecake. It was delicious, as was her other cooking. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  6. Cory Peters says:

    You will be missed. We’re sorry we had never met you but know you were a wonderful person. Our sincere sympathy to your family. Cory and Mike #75.

  7. Prayers to the family. Barb was one great woman. She was always there if you needed help of any kind. Everyone looked forward to her German desserts she would bring to the potlucks at the club house. Yes, she will be greatly missed. R.I.P.

  8. We will miss Barbarb, stories of the old country and her delicious cheese cake. So sorry she is gone but she will always be remembered.

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to J.C. & the family. She will be missed!

  10. Grace ison. says:

    Dear JC and sons.
    So very sorry for your loss. I loved Barb she was such a kick. So fun to talk
    With. Always had fun tales to tell. Her Christmas decorations, which I have several of are very special to me. But her cooking and desserts were usually over the top.
    I will truly miss that
    Sweet friend. Rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord.

  11. Dear J.C. , dear Tom, Mike and Kevin, dear Christy, Dawn, Rony, dear Lauren, Hailey, Aubrey, Caitlin, Alicia, dear Ryan, we are still infinitely sad and our eyes are full of tears. It is still unbelievable that Bärbel is no longer with you, with us. Nobody can understand the pain that is now in your hearts. We send you our warmest condolences and assure you that Bärbel will always be in our hearts, always in our thoughts. Bärbel has always been such a kind and lovable woman. We wish you all the best.

  12. Hello Aunt Bärbel!
    With great dismay and deep sadness, I learned that you are no longer with us.
    Unfortunately we only met briefly. But I enjoyed this encounter with you and your husband with joy. Unfortunately, these wonderful encounters will no longer exist. I deeply regret that.
    But you will always be present in my memories. I’ll never forget you.
    Rest in peace dear Aunt Bärbel.
    Your nephew Reinhard from Hildburghausen.

  13. Life ends, Love does not. You will allways be in our Heart.
    Karl-Heinz und Ilona Butz

  14. Family Rütz says:

    Dear JC, dear Carpenter family. Our sincere condolences go to you. We are infinitely sad and our thoughts are with you. Barb was a wonderful, warm and funny woman. We enjoyed the time with you so much. It will always be in our memories and especially in our hearts. We hug you.

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