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Fleeta Adele Barron passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Grace Assisted Living in Twin Falls, surrounded by family members.
Fleeta was born on January 22, 1922, to Grady and Mamie Houchens Ashley, near Harold, Texas. She grew up in Texas with her four brothers and one sister. She graduated from the Oklaunion High School in 1938 and Texas State College for Women in 1942. After teaching for a few years in Texas, she decided to spread her wings and came to Idaho in 1945 to teach home economics at Buhl High School.
She met and married William H. Barron in 1947. They lived on a farm south of Buhl for their fifty-five years of married life. Her husband, Bill, died in 2003. Fleeta always said she loved being married to Bill, being a farmer's wife, and raising their two children, Andy and Susan. Being a mother and homemaker was always more important to her than her career.
In the past, during her active years, she had been a member of the Buhl Toastmistress Club and Mentor (book) Club. She was also an active and dedicated member of the Buhl Church of Christ as well for many years a member of the Twin Falls Church of Christ, along with her husband, Bill. Fleeta and Bill shared trips every year to his World War II Army Air Corps Reunions across the country.
Her five grandchildren have so many fond memories of their many happy, carefree days filled with various adventures on the farm. Grandma always had homemade cookies, pies, and cinnamon rolls, and it was always a challenge to find her hidden stash of candy bars. She loved attending and supporting her grandchildren in all their sports activities. The entire family will have fond memories of the many Sunday dinners Grandma lovingly prepared for her family.
Fleeta is survived by her son, Andy (Mary) Barron of Twin Falls; daughter, Susan Jones of Twin Falls; five grandchildren, Josh Barron of Boise, Sara (Hank) Hafliger of Twin Falls, Sally Jones (Jerry) of Alaska, June (Josh) Minix of San Diego and Colt Jones (Shannon) of Kimberly. She was also blessed with fourteen great grandchildren, William, Hannah, Thomas, Mia, Harrison, Jacob, Cecilia, Max, Kate, Maddie, John, Gunner, Anastasia, and Derek, who refered to her as "Granny."
The family wishes to thank many of the aides at Grace Assisted Living (Donna, Shawna, Anna, Alexis, and Jill) for their care. Also, we are grateful for the help and concern fo Dr. Steven Kohtz. A special thanks to Hospice Visions for the tender and compassionate care given in her last days.
There will be a graveside service at the Buhl West End Cemetery 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017 to celebrate her ninety-five years.
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