April 4, 1926 – May 4, 2019
Barbara M. Carvo, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away in her Moses Lake home on May 4, 2019, at the age of 93.
Barbara was born in Yakima, Washington on April 4, 1926 to Delphis and Ruth St. George. She was the oldest of five children. Barbara grew up in the Yakima Valley attending several different schools in the area. Upon graduation from Wapato High School, she received a scholarship and started college at Central Washington College, followed by attending a business college. While working at the State Tax Commission office of Yakima, she met Emery J. Carvo. Emery invited her to a party at his grandparents’ home, but he did not show up. A week later he asked her out again. They were married June 1, 1946. Together, they became the loving parents of nine children. Barbara and Emery remained in the Yakima area until 1955 when they decided to move their family to Moses Lake, Washington for better employment opportunities.
Barbara was very family-oriented. She chose to remain at home with her children until her youngest entered school. In 1963 she became employed at Pronto Pacific as a Bacteriologist and Supervisor for QA. Barbara held these positions for 28 years, working through company name changes like Carnation, and Nestle, before retiring in 1991.
Barbara was an active and dedicated member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She had a servant’s heart and was always willing to offer a helping hand whenever it was needed. For many years, she washed and ironed the many altar linens used in the Mass each day. Her acts of kindness touched the lives of many individuals.
Having grown up during the Great Depression, Barbara was eager to keep informed of what was going on in the world around her and enjoyed reading all historical materials. During her early school years, she participated in plays and operettas. She displayed a love for theater, music and dancing throughout her life, holding season tickets for over 10 years to the performances at the Spokane Opera House, now known as the First Interstate of the Arts. She enjoyed attending many school concerts to watch and hear her children’s and grandchildren’s performances.
Barbara was an avid sports enthusiast holding Seahawks season tickets for over 12 years. She was also very partial to the Mariners, Gonzaga, and WSU Cougars, attending games when she could and watching them on television when she could not. However, her greatest joy was watching and cheering on her children and grandchildren participating in the sport of their choice.
Barbara loved the outdoors. Gardening brought her a deep sense of satisfaction and joy. Her rose garden was beautiful as was every plant she set her hand to care for. But her greatest outdoor love was the family camping adventures. Oh, how she loved camping with her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and anyone else who wished to join in on the fun! There was hiking, biking, sightseeing, exploring, walking on the beach, shared meals, campfires, s’mores, dough boys, games and so much more. From 1983 to 2017, Barbara was right in the middle of it all and loved every minute of it, until she began experiencing health issues which kept her from participating.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, husband Emery Carvo, two brothers Delmar and David St. George and sister Virginia Calhoun, daughter Janis Carvo, son-in-law Dwight DuVall, and grandson Justin Carvo.
Barbara is survived by her sister Marylyn (Dick) McMahan of Wapato, Washington; three daughters Carolyn Duvall, Nancy Kanoff and Kristine (Brian) Clemetson, all of Moses Lake, Washington; five sons Frank (Terrie) Carvo of Mattawa, Washington, Larry (Genia) Carvo of Connell, Washington, Randy (Brenda) Carvo and Chuck (Julie) Carvo both of Moses Lake, Washington, and Rick (Alice) Carvo of Lacey, Washington; 42 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Moses Lake, Washington on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Rosary is at 1 p.m. followed by the memorial service at 1:30 p.m.
Please express your thoughts and memories for the family at www.kayserschapel.com. Arrangements are under the care of Kayser’s Chapel of Memories.
It is the family’s desire in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation, 1031 W. Broadway Ave., Moses Lake, WA 98837. Phone: 509-764-4644. Website: www.columbiabasincancerfoundation.org.