Barbara C. Biamont was born in La Grande on Feb. 11, 1927 to Claude E. Cooper and Marguerite (Winters) Cooper. Barbara also had an older brother, Robert E. Cooper. The Cooper family moved to Sherman Oaks, Calif., and stayed there through Barbara’s high school years.
After high school Barbara completed her bachelor of science degree at Willamette University in Salem, where she pursued her dream of nursing. She completed her training at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, where she met her future husband, Raymond Biamont.
Ray and Barbara were married Jan. 1, 1948. They were blessed with six children, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Barbara’s first love was her husband, Ray. Their marriage was framed around the love of God, which they shared with their children. She had a great love for people; she helped so many and always seemed to see the best in people. Her ability to forgive flowed from her love of Christ Jesus, and her humility was seen in her being able to always put others ahead of herself. A nurse, a supervisor of nursing and a director of nursing, Barbara exemplified what a nurse can be, not only in her love for her work, but also in loving compassion for others.
Barbara would regenerate by retreating to Wallowa Lake to the cabin built by her grandfather. With family and friends she enjoyed new adventures and drives in the mountains. Her love of nature was always evident. She loved animals, was always excited to see them in the woods of Wallowa County. Wallowa Lake was the central gathering spot for many family reunions, where she loved to see and re-acquaint with her large extended family, friends, co-workers and the always-welcomed stranger.
Surviving Barbara are her daughters, Mary Long, Corinne Biamont and Eleanor Renoe; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ray and children Nikki Biamont, Robert Biamont and Ken Biamont, and brother Lt. Col. Robert Cooper.
A memorial service for Barbara will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton.
The family invites all to join them at Big John’s Hometown Pizza, at 225 SW 9th St. in Pendleton, at 3:30 p.m. following the service.