Barbara Arndt, 86, formerly of Brookings, and more recently of Cloverdale, Calif., passed away Aug. 10, 2011, following complications from heart surgery in Rochester, N.Y.
She was born Sept. 15, 1925, in San Francisco, to Bert and Pearl Schultz.
Barbara grew up with two sisters in Klamath Falls. She attended San Jose State College, in California.
Barbara married Leo Agate, a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel and clothing retailer in 1947. They lived in California and briefly in Oklahoma, finally settling in Ohio to raise their family. Following Leo's death in 1965, Barbara returned to California with the couple's two teenagers.
In 1966 she married Ben Arndt, a high school friend from Klamath Falls. She enjoyed gardening, ikebana, bird watching and photography.
Together, the Arndts combed California beaches and camped, making numerous forays to the Ruby Marshes of Nevada. A mutual fascination with bonsai took them to Japan. The couple retired to Brookings in the 1970s to enjoy coastal living. Just as they shared raising their blended family, they were also very active in the lives of their five young grandchildren.
Barbara and Ben relocated to Cloverdale in 2004. They enjoyed friends at their King's Valley apartment and the small, friendly downtown area. Barbara was a splendid homemaker, cook and mother, as well as a voracious reader and seeker of knowledge. She relocated to Rochester to be with her daughter following Ben's death in 2006.
Barbara was also preceded in death by her parents; sister Marge Russell; and step-son John Arndt.
She is missed by her son Gary Agate (Cel Crane) of Seattle; daughter Carole Nellis (Wayne) of Rochester; sister Lois Edmunson of Florida; brother-in-law H.K. Russell of Brookings; daughter-in-law Lindsey Arndt (widow of John) of Elk Grove, Calif.; Ben Jr. of Crescent City. Also surviving are her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being made for a private family gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area this spring.
Submitted by the family.