Barbara lived an incredible, adventurous, and amazing life. Born and raised in Parsons, Kansas, she was the only child of Paul and Nila Sewell. With her teacher mother she moved numerous times throughout the depression era and World War II.
A gifted vocalist, Barbara graduated from Iowa State Teacher's College then joined her mother in Taos, New Mexico, both teaching at different institutions.
Barbara and her husband Manuel Sandoval had two children, Steven and Susan. Again, following her mother, Barbara took a giant leap and moved to Hilo, Hawaii. She then moved to Oahu and attended the University of Hawaii to acquire the necessary teaching credits.
At the age of four, Barbara was finally able to bring her daughter Susan to join her on Oahu. With limited means, her son Steven remained with his loving grandparents in New Mexico. For a short period, Susan lived with family friends in Lanikai.
Living in a small apartment while teaching at Ala Wai Elementary Barbara met the love her life. Architect husband, Dave Shirley. Married in 1964 the family eventually moved to Kailua and bought their first home. In 1970 they welcomed their daughter Carol. It was a wonderful time for the family and Barbara was settled, happy and in love. Barbara continued her teaching career at Kainalu Elementary while Dave continued his career at Suzuki & Associates.
Upon retirement life was filled with travel, many world cruises, friends, volunteering for great causes and member relationships at Mid Pacific Country Club. We are grateful that her journey brought us here to this beautiful town, Kailua.
Barbara is predeceased by her mother, husband Dave, and son Steven. She is survived by her daughters Sue Osborne and Carol Martin along with their husbands Peter Osborne and Eric Martin; grandchildren include Caleb and Wyatt Martin, Tara (Scott) Meichtry and Laura (Chris) Darrah. Great grandchildren Alexis, Bryce, Hawkens and Madden.
Donations in her memory may be made to Salvation Army and AAUW.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later time.