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Barbara Jean Namen

January 1, 1944 — January 28, 2024

Polson

Beautiful Barbara Jean Namen passed surrounded by family and friends at home on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at the age of 80. Her full life and close relationship with the Lord gave her the strength to overcome every adversity, including her fight against cancer. As one Doctor aptly stated, "She's a phenomenon!"

Born in Williston, ND Barbara relocated to Kalispell, MT. From her first photo to her last she was glamorous and prepared for each day with a zest. She was a life-long Montanan and spent time in California.

The summer of 1965, Barbara married James Michael Namen. The newlyweds moved to Polson and purchased The Marina. Her love of people inspired her to work with many local and national community service organizations (not surprisingly winning many awards and accolades). After selling The Marina in 1993 Barbara started the next phase of her life. 

With a tenacious work ethic, Barbara proved that nothing was impossible. With a constant thirst for knowledge, she furthered her education and completed the prestigious West Point Leadership Course with Honors. Barbara led organizations in executive functions. Later in life sold her crafts and gourmet food. She enjoyed hunting, deep-sea fishing, home renovations, traveling and gardening, which filled her life with extraordinary moments.

As the eldest daughter of eight, Barbara honed her maternal skills before starting her own family with Jim. Her love extended to relatives and friends alike. A common refrain was, “Barbara was my favorite Aunt!” Barbara cherished every moment spent with her two grandsons, who in her eyes could do no wrong and were constantly showed and told, “they are amazing!” Her devotion to all taught everlasting life lessons.

Barbara is preceded in death by her father Arvid Cox, her mother Violet Morris, stepfather Edwin "Papa Eddie" Morris, her ex-husband Jim Namen, brother Gary (Toby) Cox, brother Richard Cox and sister Judy Kinshella. 

Barbara is survived by her children Karen Wadel (Bruce), Kimberly Namen (Mike Fouty), Michelle Delgadillo (Rocky) and Michael Namen (Mindy), grandsons Christian and Preston Delgadillo, brother Jack Cox, sisters Kathy Johnson, Debra Palmen, and little brother Jay Morris. 

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 3:00-5:00 pm, at The Lake Funeral Home. A visitation will also take place on Saturday, February 10th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, at Polson Community Church with a funeral service to follow at 12:00 pm at the church. 

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Barbara’s name to a charity of your choice.  

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, February 9, 2024

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Mountain time)

The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory

101 6th Ave E, Polson, MT 59860

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Visitation

Saturday, February 10, 2024

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Polson Community Church

1814 1st St E, Polson, MT 59860

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Starts at 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Polson Community Church

1814 1st St E, Polson, MT 59860

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