Barbara Joan Miner
January 13, 1938 - August 28, 2016
Barbara Miner passed away in her sleep the night of Sunday, August 28, 2016 after a long battle against congestive heart failure. She was born January 13, 1938 in San Diego, Calif. the only daughter to Lambert and Ivorene Johnson. They moved to the Rogue Valley when Barbara was still a toddler. She went to Medford schools and graduated from Medford High School in 1956.
Barbara was an energetic, fun-loving person known for her jokes and hugs. Every time you saw her, she had a joke and a hug for you.
Barbara was an independent, enterprising woman who had various business interests. She along with her husband, Tad Gandee were managers for a time at Rocky Point Resort on Klamath Lake. That is where their young son, Brad became an avid fisherman. Some time later, Tad and a friend built a pontoon boat on Lake Shasta with sleeping quarters that looked like wings. For a few summers, you would find them along with friends on Lake Shasta, camping on the boat and water skiing.
Barbara learned to dance at a very young age at the Griffin Creek Grange and danced her whole life. In the 1980s, under the stage name Bariba, she entertained many with her belly dancing and had a belly dancing school. Her belly dancing troupe were well known in the Rogue Valley and beyond.
In 2007 Barbara inherited gold mining claims in Oregon and Alaska from her late husband, Ray Wolf of Cave Junction. This was the beginning of yet another adventure that she enjoyed.
Barbara belonged to the Rogue Valley Fellowship, the Eagles Lodge, the Table Rock Dance Club, and Grants Pass Dance Club. She, along with her current husband, Harold Miner, would not miss a dance.
Barbara is survived by her two precious grandchildren, Daniel and Ashlee Gandee, who were taking care of her during the eight months that she fought for life. Her husband, Harold resides in a memory care center. She is also survived by her brother, Dary Johnson (Shirley) of Klamath falls; many nieces; nephews; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband for over 40 years, Tad Gandee; her only child, Brad Gandee; her parents; two brothers; a young nephew; and many aunts and uncles.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Table Rock Dance Hall, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford.