Barbara L. (Waldron) Decker
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Barbara L. (Waldron) Decker

1947 - 2021 -

Mother, wife, grandmother, sister and friend, Barbara Decker died March 31, 2021 in Medford of a congenital lung deficiency complicated by heart problems. Barbara was the daughter of Ralph E. and Elizabeth J. (Stevie) Waldron, born at Sacred Heart Hospital in Medford on 1947. She was the second of three daughters. After serving in England during World War II her father returned to the military during the Korean conflict, where he built a career in the U.S. Air Force. The family traveled to Virginia and California then did a tour of duty in England and Belgium, returning to Florida and finally to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California where Barbara graduated from high school. Barbara was a member of the local Girl Scouts of America and had the distinction of being selected to attend the National Scouts Round-up at Yellowstone Park in 1965.

Barbara graduated from beauty school in Medford in 1967 beginning her career at Bonnie's Beauty Shop on Stewart Avenue. She soon began working at the Sunshine Plaza Salon in Ruch, Oregon where she was a hairdresser until her retirement in 2014.

She met Gene (Tuffy) Decker of Applegate while a member of a square dance group that danced regularly at the Upper Applegate Grange and at Provolt. They married at the Applegate Community Church in 1968. Two children followed, Tracey A. Jacobs and David S. Decker (Kris), who survive along with five grandchildren: Dylan, Kortney, Austin, Taylor and Brooklyn.

Barbara was involved for many years in the Applegate community. She served with the Applegate School PTO for many years and taught 4H sewing, tailoring, knitting, quilting and cooking. Her students frequently took blue ribbons at county and state fairs. Recently she was one of the founding members of the Applegate "Bits and Pieces" Sewing Club who donate colorful quilts to worthy causes in Jackson and Josephine County. Barbara was a voracious reader always enjoying a good dragon story and an inventive cook. A long time quilt maker she favored bright colors and unusual patterns and she always looked good in photographs.

In addition to her husband and children Barbara is survived by two sisters, Sue Waldron of Medford and Betsy (Pete) Ferrucci of Sacramento, California, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no memorial at this time. If you wish to honor Barbara's memory, you may do so by donating to a charity of your choice

Printed Obituary
Published in the Mail Tribune
on April 6, 2021
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