Barbee Lee Bellows passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2013, in Nevada City.
Per her wishes, no services were held. She will be laid to rest in the family plot in Goldendale, Wash.
She was born on May 6, 1929, to George and Beatrice Nesbitt in Bellingham, Wash. As a young girl, her family relocated to Goldendale, Wash. Barbee graduated from Goldendale High School and attended Central Washington State College in Ellensburg. In 1950, she married Howard A. Bellows at the historic Maryhill Museum overlooking the Columbia River. The Bellows and their four children lived all over the United States.
In addition to her beloved roles as wife, homemaker and mother, Barbee continued her education in Emporia, Kan., where she graduated from the Kansas State Teacher’s College with a B.A. in home economics. She worked as a teacher in Emporia and also in Marshall, Minn., when Howard’s career took the family north.
When Barbee moved to Nevada City in 1978, she and a handful of others founded the local bridge unit. During her lifetime, she amassed more than 4,906 master points and earned the title of gold life master. One of her goals was to reach the diamond level at 5,000. She was but 94 points shy of diamond status at the time of her passing. Though Barbee was a skilled competitor, she was just as apt to play with a novice as an expert duplicate bridge player and was loved and respected by her fellow bridge players.
Barbee also enjoyed oil painting, counted cross-stitch, crossword puzzles, shopping, traveling and entertaining friends and family. She will be forever remembered for her keen wit; sharp, inquisitive mind; and ready smile.
Barbee is survived by children Marcia Kalama (Tony) of Maui, Hawaii, Scott (Susan) of Newberry, S.C., Lance (Susan) of Nevada City and Sonja Porter (Chris) of Antelope, Calif.; grandchildren Kapono, Kona, Chandler, Bobby, Martha, Whitney, Ryan, Greta and Lauren; great-grandchildren Kelsey, James and Mia; her very good friend, Jim Gallaher of Nevada City, who supported her throughout her illness.
Barbee is predeceased by her husband, Howard Bellows; parents, George and Beatrice Nesbitt; and sister, Ida “Chris” Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made in Barbee’s name to the ACBL, Unit 461, P.O. Box 1302, Nevada City, CA 95959 or the Dignity Health Medical Group-Oncology, 155 Glasson Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945
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