Barbara J. Drees, 75

St. Hilaire – Barbara Drees, 75, of St. Hilaire, died on Wednesday, March, 8, 2017 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
    Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, March 13, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Burial was held at St. Bernard’s Cemetery.
    Barbara Jane Battleson was born March 22, 1941 at Thief River Falls, the daughter of George and Ardith (Haney) Battleson. Barbara lost her mother at a young age and was raised by her grandmother in Thief River Falls, where she attended school. She graduated high school, was crowned a beauty queen and married her high school sweetheart, Harley, in the year of 1959.
    The couple made their home in St. Hilaire, where four children were raised.  Barbara held various jobs in her lifetime but she saved her favorite for last.  She was the Director of Housing at Skylight Apartments.  Barbara retired in 2010.  
    She was a proud grandma, attended many hockey games, was a fixture at the softball field and to be known as Gigi by her great grandchildren.  Barbara’s Saturday nights were reserved for Mass at St. Bernard’s, which she held close to her heart. One of Barb’s hobbies was baking.  Her specialty was breads and many family and friends enjoyed the treats.  Barbara loved a good mystery, her Tablet and her dog, Maggie.  She will be greatly missed.
    Barbara is survived by her children: Hollilyn (Steven) Anderson, Kristile (Max Semande) Drees, Paul (Amy) Drees, and Ryan (Shizuka) Drees;  five grandchildren, Erika Grace (Ben), Thomas, Christopher, Casey and Elise; and two great-grandchildren, Avery and Quentin.
    She is preceded in death by her husband, Harley, her parents and many aunts and uncles.
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