Vlaming, Barbara Goodman November 15, 1923-December 28, 2013 Barbara Vlaming of Edina, 90, passed away peacefully and in the presence of her family on December 28, 2013. Barb will be remembered for her easygoing approach to life, her independence, her free spirit, her devotion to friends and family, her dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, her travels across the world, and her genuine interest in all people. Barb was born in Duluth, MN in 1923 to Cordelia and Allen Laird Goodman, the second of four siblings. She grew up playing tennis, picnicking on the shores of Lake Superior, and canoe camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Barb earned her BA in Political Science at the U of MN, and later went on to earn three Master's Degrees - in History, Education, and Library Science. While at the U of MN, she was a proud member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Barb began her international travels with a two-year job as a secretary in Japan after WWII. Upon completion of the job, Barb took the long way home, traveling around the world back to Duluth. She later went on to explore China, Russia, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Central America and other exotic locales, even packing her steamer trunks and hauling her young boys to Europe by boat for a three-month odyssey. Barb continued to travel into her 80s, and is now on a new leg of her journey. Barb lived in Arizona for several years, where she taught school, became one of the state's first female Deputy Sheriffs, and was an animal wrangler for the Sonoran Desert Museum. In Arizona she met Bill, her future husband, while playing tennis. Barb and Bill moved back to Minnesota where they had two sons, Jeffrey and Jonathan, who were the pride of her life. Barb entered the business world after her divorce in 1973. In many ways, that is when the Barb we know really began to fully blossom. She became a Paralegal, excelling in the field of pension plans and developing an enduring interest in numbers. She continued to travel, play tennis, and teach her boys the way of the wilderness in the Boundary Waters. Barb was never bored - everything and everybody fascinated her. Barb was also an accomplished Genealogist, working with her mother and sister Deeda to create three extensively researched volumes chronicling both sides of her family history, replete with diary accounts, news clippings and photographs and dating back several centuries. Barbara will be sadly missed by her sister Cordelia Johnson; her sons Jeffrey and Jonathan; her daughters- in-law Kathy and Diane; her grandchildren Laird, Trevor, Forest and Duncan; and her many beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration of Barb's life will be held later this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Friends of the Boundary Waters.

Published on January 12, 2014


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