Barbara Lenore Cossairt

Barbara Lenore CossairtBarbara Lenore Cossairt, 86, was born to Archie “Fudd” and Netta Turner on February 14, 1938. Dr. Bowles parked at the top of Turner Hill and walked down to the family cabin during a snowstorm to deliver her. The cabin still stands near the bottom of Turner Hill. She shared stories of growing up with four older brothers, how they lovingly picked on her. She passed away May 8, 2024, after suffering with dementia. A gathering will take place at a later date.

Barbara attended school in Boundary County, graduating from Bonners Ferry High School in 1956. July 1, 1956, she married Kay Cossairt in Kay’s aunt Mildred’s yard on the Northside, not far from where they made their home for the last 50-plus years. She loved to tease Kay “the only reason she agreed to go out with him” was the red 1950 Oldsmobile convertible he was driving at the time.

hey were married 67 years, with Kay caring for her as her dementia progressed. He displayed an incredible amount of patience with her, filling in the blanks when she could no longer find the right words.

Barbara is survived by Kay, daughter Marie (Tom) Sumpter, Bonners Ferry, son Kent Cossairt, Bead Lake, Washington,  son Mark (Dianna) Cossairt, Bonners Ferry, and daughter Sue Anne (Brad) Dockins, Maryville, Tennessee. She was the proud grandmother of 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Burton, Bryan, Ray and Ron, great grandson Ivy and great great granddaughter Delilah.

Barbara was an amazing seamstress, who made costumes for the kids, and prom, bridesmaids and wedding dresses. She owned and operated Sew & Sew Shop from their home until she decided she liked to quilt better than doing upholstery. Her hand quilted creations are treasured by anyone lucky enough to have received one. She was also employed by Bonners Ferry Post Company and North Water Association, as secretary.

Barbara and Kay traveled south for the winter for most of the last two to three decades, enjoying time with friends and family in the desert. She liked to play cards, camp with family, and visit over coffee with dear friends. She had a warm smile and a sparkle in her eyes when she laughed, which was often.

2 thoughts on “Barbara Lenore Cossairt

  1. So sorry to hear this Barbara was always a special lady, friend and easy to love. Prayers for all of family.Love to all Cossairt families. Wanda and Collins

  2. Barb was my sister-in-law and best friend and I will always miss our fun, loving relationship.
    Prayers and condolences to Kay, children, and grandchildren. Know that she is in peace & in God’s loving arms.
    Bev Turner

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