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1940 Barbara 2020

Barbara Sue Holdeman

May 3, 1940 — December 25, 2020

Memorial service for Barbara Holdeman will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 4, 2021 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ernie Bishop officiating. Barbara Sue Holdeman was born in Sheridan WY to George and Irene Hunnell on May 3, 1940.  She grew up in Sheridan and graduated from Sheridan Co. High School in 1958.  She attended Sheridan College graduating in 1960 with an associate degree in education.  She started her career by teaching in a 1 room schoolhouse in Montana.

Barbara met Jim Holdeman in 1961 and they were married in July of that year.  They started their family in 1964 with the birth of their first child, Ted.  They added to their family with the birth of their daughter, Chris in 1967, and second son, Roy in 1970.  She lived in Gillette until she & Jim divorced in 1982.

Barb went back to college in 1982 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.  She graduated 1985 but instead of pursuing a teaching career, she began her many adventures.  She became a traveling photographer, worked as a clerk in a hardware store in Jackson WY for 15 years and celebrated her 50th birthday while working in Antarctica. She also worked at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery during her retirement years. Her proudest profession was helping with her granddaughters, Marlee and Sawyer.

Barb loved the outdoors.  Her hobbies included photography, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, or anything else that she could do outside.  She also loved to paint, sing and play the piano.  The mountains were her favorite place and she was always happy when she was close to them.

Barb is survived by her daughter Chris (Tommy) Cheairs, son Roy (Robbie) Holdeman, granddaughters Marlee Holdeman, Sawyer Holdeman and Kamryn Holdeman.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law Janet Clements, daughter-in-law, Becky Holdeman and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Beverly Nelson, twin brother, George Hunnell, and son Ted Holdeman. Memorials can be made in Barb’s name to benefit Gillette Animal Shelter. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Monday, January 4, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Mountain time)

Gillette Memorial Chapel

210 W 5th St, Gillette, WY 82716

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