Inez “Snooks” Voeltzel Barber: 1910-2005

Inez Irene “Snooks” Barber of Paul, Idaho, died Oct. 7, 2005, at the Countryside Care Center in Rupert. She was 95.

Inez was born in a log cabin with a sod roof on Sept. 21, 1910, in Axial, Colo., the daughter of Claude Louis and Irene Inez Waldron Hart. She spent part of her childhood on the Ute Indian Reservation in Cisco and Durango, where her father worked as a sheep rancher. She married George William Voeltzel on Aug. 27, 1937, in Colorado. Together they raised four children, Darlene, Don, Corky and Vickie. They resided in Colorado working on the Ralph Pitchforth Ranch. They also lived in Baggs, Wyo., owning Southern Wyoming Trucking. Later they moved to Nevada in the ranching business, before moving to the Gooding Fairfield area in 1960. Inez worked side by side with her husband nurturing her children. She cooked many wonderful meals for truck drivers, hay hands and their many friends. George passed away on May 1, 1971. Inez then moved to Paul, Idaho, and on Sept. 23, 1974, she married Ole Clarence Barber. Inez loved her family! She was a loving mother and grandmother and was proud of their accomplishments. No matter where she lived, Inez accumulated many dear friends. She was a member of the Paul Methodist Church and a former member of the Idaho Cowbells.

Inez is survived by her children Darlene Rolando of Hayden, Don (Lavern) Voeltzel of Inkom, Kirk (Corky) Voeltzel and Vicki (Dallas) Serr both of Paul, Tim (Christy), Jim (Rebecca), and Danny Rolando, all of Hayden, Tammy (Craig) Hagar of Craig, Rick Voeltzel of Steamboat, Jordan, Jason, Sean, Chad, and Rachel Rolando, Lane and Taylor Hagar, Kolton and Kayla Voeltzel all grandchildren, in all, 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; stepchildren Ina Foye, Tim Mack, Ray and Lynn Barber; and sisters-in-law, Mary Beth Stehle, and Jenney Scott.

Inez was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, George, and her second husband, Ole, a sister, Janet Hansen, and a son-in-law, Gene Rolando.

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m., Oct. 12, 2005, at the Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding, where she was laid to rest next to her loving husband, George.

The family suggests that memorials be directed to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in care of Rasmussen Funeral Home 1350 E. 16th, Burley, Idaho 83315.

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