Callaway,  Barbara Lou

Callaway, Barbara Lou

Female 1932 - 2012  (80 years)  

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  • Name Callaway, Barbara Lou 
    Born 16 Jul 1932  Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Residence 26 Aug 2008  Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 21 Sep 2012  Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I38812  Sackett
    Last Modified 23 May 2018 

    Father Callaway, Warren,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Keen, Lena Pearl,   d. Unknown 
    Children
    1. Callaway, Barbara Lou,   b. 16 Jul 1932, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 2012, Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    Family ID F18065  Group Sheet

    Family Sackett, Henry Ackley "Harry" Jr.,   b. 25 Apr 1912, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1999, Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married Aft 19 Sep 1953  Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Abt 1972  [3
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Living
     5. Living
     6. Living
     7. Living
    Last Modified 23 May 2018 
    Family ID F13764  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jul 1932 - Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Aft 19 Sep 1953 - Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 26 Aug 2008 - Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Sep 2012 - Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
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    • http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=99654078
      Barbara Lou (Callaway) Sackett
      Birth: Jul. 16, 1932; Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
      Death: Sep. 21, 2012; Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon, USA

      Barbara Lou Callaway Sackett, 80, of Corvallis, descendent of early American colonists and of the earliest Oregon Territory pioneers, took her place among her ancestors on Friday evening, Sept. 21, 2012 the last day of summer.

      Barbara was born on July 16, 1932, in Salem to Warren Callaway and Lena Pearl Keen. Her great-great-great-grandparents were missionaries Henry Harmon Spalding and Eliza Hart Spalding, who came west in 1832. (Eliza graces the mural of the capitol rotunda).
      Barbara grew up in Salem (with a couple of years in Portland), attended Salem High School, and then went to Oregon College of Education in Monmouth and received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, 1953. She started teaching sixth grade in the tiny coastal timber town of Bridge. There she met widower Harry Sackett, who had three children and lived in the other half of their duplex.
      They married and she raised his children as her own and added five more to the family. They moved to Alberta for a time, but returned to the Corvallis area when her mother had a stroke in 1955. Family always came first.
      One of Barbara's children, Lee Ann, was born with Down Syndrome in 1956. While urged to institutionalize the child, Barbara instead went to work to change attitudes and perceptions, and to try and make life better for people with intellectual disabilities.
      She went to work for the local Arc organization, served as president of Benton County (1966-69), Oregon (1969-1971) and finally two terms at National Arc (1988-92). She returned to OCE in 1970 and received her master's degree in special education in 1971. She became services coordinator for the developmentally disabled in Benton County and became statewide area coordinator for DD services for the Mental Health Division of Oregon in 1987.
      She advocated, coordinated and shaped services for citizens with intellectual disabilities in Oregon and nationwide, working to integrate them into the community, high schools and group living situations. LeeAnn, now 55, has had her own apartment for many years and is a valued member of our family.
      Barbara Sackett altered and improved the course of thousands upon thousands of lives. She received a Governor's Award for Volunteerism in 2009, among countless accolades over a lifetime. She, too, was a pioneer, and her work will long outlive her.
      Upon her "retirement" in 1989, she continued to do volunteer work for Benton County Arc and Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services (2001-12), and somehow found time and energy to provide appetizers for local Democratic Party functions. She also proudly served as treasurer for State Representative Sara Gelser's election campaigns. Two years ago she took a month to drive cross country with lifelong friend Pat Malango.
      She was a staunch supporter of theater and the arts; loved holidays, birthdays and large family gatherings, "Jeopardy" and crossword puzzles, the Beavers (thank you, OSU 10-Wisconsin 7) and her tightly knit Thursday night trivia group right to the end.
      She is survived and beloved by all eight children; 14 grandchildren and the spouses they embraced; 16 great-grandchildren; and many loving friends and relatives.

      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Harry A Sackett (1912 - 1999)

      Burial:
      Unknown

      Created by: Sue Wehnert Guss
      Record added: Oct 26, 2012
      Find A Grave Memorial# 99654078

  • Sources 
    1. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 1), 22 May 2018.
      Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon), 2 Oct 2012, Page C3

      Barbara Lou (Callaway) Sackett
      July 16, 1932 - September 21, 2012

      CORVALLIS- Barbara Lou (Callaway) Sackett, 80, descendent (sic) of early American colonists and of the earliest of Oregon Territory pioneers, took her place among her ancestors on Friday evening, September 21st,the last day of summer.

      Barbara was born in Salem, Oregon in (sic) July 16th, 1932 to Warren Callaway and Lena Pearl Keen. Her Great, Great, Great grandparents were missionaries Henry Harmon Spalding and Eliza (Hart) Spalding who came west in 1832. (Eliza graces the mural of the Capitol rotunda). Barbara grew up in Salem (with a couple of years in Portland), attended Salem High School, and then went to Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, OR and received a B.S. in Elementary Education,1953. She started teaching 6th grade in the tiny coastal timber town of Bridge, OR. There she met widower Harry Sackett who had three children and lived in the other half of their duplex. Theymarriedandshe raised his children as her own and added five more to the family. They moved to Alberta for a time, but returned to the Corvallis area when her mother had a stroke in 1955. Family always came first.

      One of Barbara?s children, Lee Ann,was born with Down Syndrome in 1956. While urged to institutionalize the child,she instead went to work to change attitudes and perceptions,and to try and make life better for people with intellectual disabilities. She went to work for the local Arc organization, served as president of Benton County (1966-69), Oregon (1969-1971), and finally two terms at National Arc (1988-92). She returned to OCE in 1970 and received her Master?s Degree in Special Education in 1971. She became Services Coordinator for the Developmentally Disabled in Benton County and became statewide Area Coordinator for DD services for the Mental Health Division of Oregon in 1987. She advocated, coordinated and shaped services for citizens with intellectual disabilities in Oregon and nationwide, working to integrate them into the community, high schools, and group living situations. Lee Ann, now 55, has had her own apartment for many years and is a valued member of our family. Barbara Sackett altered and improved the course of thousands upon thousands of lives. She received a Governor?s Award for Volunteerism in 2009, among countless accolades over a lifetime. She too was a pioneer and her work will long outlive her.

      Upon her?retirement? in 1989 she continued to do volunteer work for Benton County Arc, Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services (2001-2012), and somehow found time and energy to provide appetizers for local Democratic Party functions. She also proudly served as treasurer for State Representative Sara Gelser?s election campaigns. Two years ago she took a month to drive cross country with lifelong friend Pat Malango. She was a staunch supporter of Theater and the Arts, loved holidays, birthdays and large family gatherings, Jeopardy and Crossword puzzles, the Beavers (thank you, OSU 10-Wisc 7) and her tight knit Thursday night trivia group, right to the end.

      She is survived and beloved by all eight children, fourteen grandchildren, the spouses they embraced, sixteen great grandchildren and many loving friends and relatives.

      Services will be held on Sunday, October 7th at 3:00 P.M. at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Church in Corvallis at 2945 NW Circle Blvd, 97330. In lieu of flowers she would like donations sent to the following: Arc of Benton County, Oregon, Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, Work Unlimited, Benco, and Benton County Hospice.

      In one of her cherished flower gardens off her patio, a little sign reads: ?Do Small Things With Great Love.? That she did. Yet she also did many great things with great love as well, as many can attest. She will be missed.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    2. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 22 May 2018.
      Corvallis Gazette-Times, 26 Aug 2007, Page 3

      Photo caption: Barbara Sackett has been an advocate for people with disabilities for much of her adult life. In 1956, her daughter was born with Down syndrome. Now that Sackett is retired, she volunteers for various organizations geared toward helping individuals with disabilities, spending a good deal of her volunteer time behind the scenes in meetings and serving on committees.
      Photo Credit: CASEY CAMPBELL, GAZETTE-TIMES

      Article title: Corvallis woman a pioneer in specialized education

      BY THERESA HOGUE
      GAZETTE-TIMES REPORTER

      WHO: Barbara Sackett, 76
      WHAT: Full-time volunteer
      HOMETOWN: Lived in Corvallis more than 40 years MOST RECENT HONOR: Named 2008 Oregon Governor's Volunteer Awards Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award winner
      FAMILY: Eight adult children, many grandchildren BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Finding time to do just about anything

      Barbara Sackett credits her very survival to keen organization skills. Now 76, she looks back on her life as the mother of eight, a full-time worker and a volunteer, and shakes her head.

      "I'm a good plate-spinner" she said with a husky laugh.

      Simply being mom to eight kids might have been daunting enough, but when Barbara and Harry Sackett's daughter, Lee Ann was born in 1956, the world became instantly more challenging. Lee Ann was born with Down syndrome, which was known in those days as Mongoloidism.

      The term reflected a different different era and different attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities. At that time, the prevailing treatment of children born with any type of physical or mental disability was to send them away from their families to be raised and live their lives in mental institutions.

      The Sacketts didn't see it that way. They wondered why Lee Ann couldn't do the same things as her siblings, such as attend school, live at home and perhaps go on to live a thriving adult life. So like some other "radical" parents in the mid-1950s, they said no to the conventional wisdom of the day. They started working for change.

      After Lee Ann's birth, Sackett went back to school to get a master's degree in special education. She helped found the Benton County Arc program, which originally was known as the Associated for Retarded Citizens and enrolled Lee Ann into the Arc's first school for the disabled.

      At the time, the law did not allow children with disabilities to attend public schools. She lobbied the Legislature through multiple sessions until that law was changed in 1969 to allow public schools finally open their doors to children like Lee Ann.

      In 1971, she became the state's first coordinator of services for the disabled in a pioneering program for Benton Benton County. She later moved on to a similar statewide position.

      "We didn't have much in the way of services," she said. "We didn't have anything residential." That has since changed, as institutions disappeared. Now, integration into society and small assisted-living, community-based housing is the norm for people with disabilities.

      At the same time that she was working fulltime for Benton County and then the state, Sackett also remained a dedicated volunteer. She not only was she the president of The Arc's state and national organizations, she also served as organizer of groups such as the United Way, campaigning door-to-door after work.

      Sackett retired just over 10 years ago from a series of state-level jobs, all related to services for people with disabilities. But retirement hasn't slowed her down. She volunteers on the board of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, works behind behind the counter of the Arc Thrift Store in Philomath, serves as the chairwoman of Benton County's Special Transportation Advisory Committee and is the treasurer for State Rep. Sara Gelser's campaign. She still advocates for the disabled at every opportunity.

      Earlier this month, she was named winner of the 2008 Oregon Governor's Volunteer Awards Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award. She is both humbled and embarrassed by the honor one of many such awards she's received during her lifetime of service.

      "There are so many people who do so much more than I do," she said. "They just don't have the cheering squad I have."

      Her daughter Lee Ann is now 51, and many of her mother's hopes for her have come true: Lee Ann lives in her own apartment, has a part-time job and volunteers to help others just like her mom. She is thriving, just as her mother had hoped.

      Sackett, who suffered a mild stroke in December, said this gives her peace. She knows that if she passes away before her daughter does, network of resources are now in place to support Lee Ann -- a network formed in large part through the efforts of Sackett and other parents who weren't willing to lock their children away.

      Transcribed by Ted Smith

    3. [S1619] Newspapers.com (Reliability: 3), 22 May 2018.
      Corvallis Gazette-Times, 7 Oct 1990, Page 21

      She and her ex-husband "divorced 18 years ago)

      Researched by Ted Smith


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