Born October 25, 1936, of French and Algonquin ancestry, to Hiram LaVerne and Agnes Bertha (Millard) Barbour in Charlotte, Michigan, she spent her early years between Muskegon, MI and Frisco, CO. Sondie (Sonnie) spent barefooted summer months roaming freely between forest and shoreline on Lake Michigan. She loved dogs and all animals, had many pets including a parrot and raccoon. Attended one-room Benjamin Elementary School; Whitehall High School (Class of ’54), Muskegon; and Breckenridge High School, CO.
Parents built and ran Mt. Royal Motel, Frisco, CO. Sondra worked at the motel and other jobs in Summit County and loved hiking the Gore Range, riding bareback under the pines, drinking out of fresh streams and looking at the gorgeous views. She considered herself a Coloradan.
Dick, 21, and Sondra, 18, eloped December 30, 1954, in Leadville, CO. In 1955, they began a 12 year career in the Air Force, a life she loved: Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX; Moore AB, Mission, TX; Greenville AFB, Greenville, MS; Luke AFB, Phoenix, AZ; Nellis AFB, Los Vegas; Soesterberg Royal Netherlands AFB, 1957-61, living in Amersfoort, both daughters born in Utrecht. Webb AFB, Big Spring, TX; Eglin AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, FL. United Air Lines: Evergreen, CO; Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, CA; Santa Rosa, CA; Dillon, CO; Aurora, CO; Sherman, TX. Retired to Mt. Home, AR. Republic, MO 2003-2014.
Sondra was a masterful pianist who played songs by ear; loved music, and had an amazing capacity for recall. She delighted her friends and family with her witty, dry humor and fun giggle, and honored them with her loyalty and merciful heart. She had intelligent common sense and insight. A quiet person who listened well. Sondra had a deep, rich, private soul for those who knew her well. She loved her family fiercely. Independent spirit, spunky, tenderhearted, full of curiosity and life. A beautiful, classy, well-dressed, petite woman. Proud to be a homemaker, which immensely blessed her daughters’ lives. Kept her home immaculate, hated clutter. An avid reader of good books; loved long walks. Her faith in Christ was firm and unwavering. We will miss her persistent prayers. We will miss her gentle spirit.
Survived by her husband, two daughters, Colby Hosick, Buffalo, MO, and Tracy Sullivan, Willard, MO; four grandchildren: Taylor Hosick, Layne Hosick, Trent Hosick, and Lily Hosick; as well as many dear and close friends. Proceeded in death by parents, Sister Cereda Peterson and Brother Boyd Barbour.
A private memorial service in the home is planned at a later date.