Barbara (Barbie) Hawke Kremer, born July 4, 1942 in Butte Mt to William and Virginia Hawke passed away October 17, 2021, in her home.
Barbara attended Emerson and graduated from Butte High School where she was a member of the Top 16 singing group. After graduating high school she met and married Ray Kremer on October 31, 1960 and over the years they raised 5 children.
Barb was a member of the Butte Choral group “The Note a Belles” for decades, where she made lifelong friendships. She enjoyed performing for Butte residents on all occasions. Barb loved to sing and had an ear (and a heart) for harmony. Although her memory faded over the years she always remembered the music and would always sing along. Barb never had an unkind word to say about anyone even when you wanted her too. She rooted for the underdog and easily found the good in all.
Barb always enjoyed spending time with her family (especially on the 4th of July). As a child she always thought the parade was held in honor of her birthday. She enjoyed family trips, traveling to Colorado to visit Rachel and her family, and spending time at her lake home in Georgetown Montana. Barb especially enjoyed time with her mom and sister at Flat Head Lake. Barbie was always a very generous and kind person. She would whip up a casserole to feed neighborhood kids, friends and anyone who needed a meal. Everyone loved how authentic and kind she was. She truly was a special person and we are all going to miss her beautiful energy.
In addition to raising 5 children Barb worked in her business at the R & B Grocery for 20 years where she also made many lifelong friendships. Her generous heart would never refuse a person in need. Barb finished her work life at the Butte Convalescent Center where she was dearly missed following her retirement. She was an angel on earth for the residents she cared for.
Barb is survived by her 5 children, Steve (Ginny) Kremer; Kurt (Toni) Kremer; Rona (Will) Smith; Mark Kremer; Rachel (Tim) Shannon.
Sister Mickey LeProwse, Brother David Hawke; Brother in Law Bill Grunloh and Sister and Brother in Law Dolores (Roy) Bogetto.
Grandchildren: Kelly, Alisha, Kylie, Morgan, Kevin, Brian Kortni, Rasia, Willy, Michael, Joey, Brett, Sara, and AJ. Great Grandchildren: Gracie, Logan, Blake, Kelton, Fynna, Nash, Kaden, Lilyi, Ezra, Jaxon, Emma and the newest addition Kolbie Jo.
Barb was preceded in death by her husband Ray, Daughter, Julie; her Parents, William and Virginia; Mother and Father in Law, Martha and John Kremer; Sister Donna Grunloh and Brother Tommy Hawke.
We are eternally grateful that we were able to able to care for our mom at home until her last days. There are not enough words to thank Sheena and her entire staff at Senior Solutions and everyone that helped care for her including her loving sister Mickey, her son, Mark, and Granddaughter, Rasia. We could not have done it without you. Thank you all from the bottom of all our hearts.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice at Senior Solutions.
A Celebration of Life honoring Raymond and Barbara Kremer will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Aldersgate United Methodist church, 1621 Thornton Ave., Butte, MT 59701. They will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery during a private burial service.
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Barbara and her family.