Barbara Ruth Lloyd Wallin passed away peacefully at home on October 20, 2019. She was born to Charles Heber Lloyd and Edwina Ruth Osterloh on January 29, 1930 in Sacramento, California. Her father called her “The Queen of California”. In 1948, she graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She loved skiing at the outdoors. She worked at the Young Women’s MIA lodge in Brighton, Utah. She played the violin in the high school orchestra, and served as yearbook editor. She had a love for music and often sang in LDS Church meetings. Barbara was a member of the Tabernacle Choir until her growing family caused her to retire.
After high school, she attended the University of Utah where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She married her eternal companion, Keith R. Wallin on June 29, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Barbara was a hard worker. As a teenager, she cleaned her violin teacher’s home in exchange for violin lessons. During college and her early married years, she worked as an executive assistant in a Salt Lake City insurance office. Later she worked as an assistant buyer at ZCMI Department Store. With a growing family, she decided to work at home making draperies, first for Bay Way Draperies, and later for Southeast Furniture Company in Sugarhouse. In 1966 she quit the drapery business and took a seasonal job back at ZCMI. She worked her way from “Flyer” to Cosmetic Department Manager, later Floor Manager, and finally Merchandise Buyer. She bought for the lingerie department, and later for the gifts and silver departments.
Barbara loved to travel. Her position as a buyer took her all over the world. She made numerous trips to New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, and India. After she retired from ZCMI in 2000, she and Keith continued to travel to Asia and Europe.
Barbara and Keith knew how to throw a party. Numerous cookouts, barbecues, and wedding receptions were held “Down the Gully.” They gave Easter parties, summer parties, Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations. The annual Halloween party complete with costumes, a piñata, and the penny auction was highly anticipated.
Barbara was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as Primary President, Relief Society President, in the Young Women’s organization, and in many other church callings. She also served as PTA President at the local elementary school. Barbara was a friend to everyone. Her joyful, pleasant personality will be missed by all who knew her.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, and by her son Michael. She is survived by her husband, Keith; her Sister Marilyn Smith (Les); her sons Richard (Katherine); Carey (Barbara); her daughters Rebecca Allan (Stewart); Kristi Spencer (David); daughter-in-law Connie Wallin; fifteen grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Olympus Fourth Ward, 2675 East 4430 South, Holladay, Utah, Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. An evening viewing will be held Friday, October 25, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, Millcreek, Utah. Interment: Elysian Burial Gardens
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