Remembering Barbara A. McGlothern, 1933-2020

In memory of Barbara A. McGlothern, her family and friends are sharing this remembrance with the community:


Born January 26, 1933, in Michigan to David Hazlett and Dorothy (Ritchie) Hazlett. Passed peacefully July 20, 2020. Raised in Omak, and graduated with the Omak High School Class of 1951. Attended Western Washington University, where she met Richard McGlothern and wed in 1953.

Preceded in death by her parents David and Dorothy Hazlett, and her brother David Hazlett. Survived by children: Michael McGlothern and Aleece (Nokes) McGlothern, Cynthia McGlothern, Kerry (McGlothern) Casteel, Robert McGlothern and Jenny (Gwinn) McGlothern. Grandchildren: Matthew McGlothern, Jenny (McGlothern) Schild and Eric Schild, Katy (Casteel) Brown and Justin Brown, Tracy Casteel, Margaret McGlothern, and Simon McGlothern, and great-grandchildren: Blaire Brown, Benjamin Brown, and Bowie Schild.

Barbara was intelligent, thoughtful and had a great sense of humor. She loved her work at the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, and retired from Washington State University Cooperative Extension. She enjoyed retirement, traveling to numerous countries, and volunteering with several organizations.

She had a passion for opera, reading, art, music, dogs, horses, and horse racing; sometimes she’d even
place a small bet! Her backyard was her oasis, where she loved to relax and read or visit with friends.
She always offered tea and a homemade treat.

She was woven into the fabric of her beloved West Seattle community. She was an active member of the Admiral Congregational United Church of Christ.

Our family would like to extend deep gratitude to those at Sunshine Care for their loving care and attention to our Mother in the last couple of years. She was loved by so many and will be missed dearly.

A virtual Memorial will be held August 8, 2020; for details, see Emmick Family Funeral Services at

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3 Replies to "Remembering Barbara A. McGlothern, 1933-2020"

  • Mike Walton & David Brown July 27, 2020 (10:49 am)

    I loved Barbara!! She was a great person and we had the luxury of her as our neighbor for many years!  Condolences go out to her many family members and friends!  She will be missed…wishes of peace to her and all in mourning!

  • Jim July 27, 2020 (11:09 am)

    She will be missed… My motorcycle always had a box of her favorite tea in the saddlebag, when coming back from Canada.

  • Clay Eals July 27, 2020 (1:49 pm)

    With a sparkling smile and a laugh that often became a high cackle, Barbara embraced the world. I met her more than 30 yeas ago when she was one of the volunteer stalwarts who passed petitions and sold buttons on behalf of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society to support the successful effort to landmark the Admiral Theater in 1989. Later, she and were bus partners to workplaces downtown (she to WSU Extension at the Smith Tower, I to the Hutch). She was a big fan of Pete Seeger and joined me in reading the Seeger biography “How Can I Keep from Singing” and attending his 90th birthday celebration in 2009 at the Admiral Theater. She was a great example of the warm friendships that can bloom when we reach outside of ourselves, face to face, right here in our own neighborhood. May those times return soon.

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