Hulett, Barbara Wales

Barb Hulett passed away at the age of 69 in the company of her daughters following an extended battle with cancer that began the day she was widowed almost three years ago. She was born in Whitefish, MT to Ottis and Estella Wales, and was raised in Montana with her two sisters, Sovilla Bosket (Dave) of Kalispell, MT, and Verna Roy (Ben) of Canby, OR.

Before losing her husband, Don Hulett, they created countless memories of outdoor adventures with their children and friends including boating, fishing, camping, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, and the famous Sunday drives. She cherished those memories and spoke of them often in her final days. Barb had quite a flair for fashion and style and had a full closet to reflect just that, but she was genuinely happy when she was in her grubbies and working hard on one of her many outdoor projects. Even in illness, whenever possible, you would find her enjoying her outdoor hobbies and the beautiful flowers she loved to grow each year.

To many she will always be remembered as Auntie Barb from her years of running a very busy daycare. She also enjoyed about 35 years working with Don at their trucking business, East Valley Trucking, as well as her years working at Sweet Flour Bakery with her close friends. She will forever be remembered as caring and compassionate and a truly empathetic soul.

The list of her interests and talents could go on and on since there wasn’t much she didn’t dabble in or try. Among her favorites were ceramics, crocheting, creating dolls to gift to friends and family, gardening, canning and cooking. She could out-shop anyone and loved to spoil her grandchildren with special shopping excursion days.

She is survived by her two daughters, Carri Whitman (Walt) of Rockford, WA and Wendy Kumpula (Jeff) of Helena, MT, her 8 grandchildren that loved her dearly, and her pride and joy 5 great grandchildren, as well as her two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Her incredible strength lives on in the lives and hearts of her daughters, family, and those that were lucky enough to call her friend.

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Her daughters would like to thank the many truly compassionate nurses and Dr. Weiner of St. Peter’s Cancer Treatment Center and the Oncology Floor for their over the top care of their mom and their understanding during such a difficult time.

A reception will be held on December 30, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Anderson Stephenson Wilke, 3750 N. Montana Ave for family and friends. Prior to the reception, a religious service to honor her Christian beliefs is scheduled for 12:30 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 21 Colonial Drive. Please visit to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Barbara.

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