On Angels Wings you were taken away, but in our hearts you will always stay. Wendy Haugen-Babare, 61, passed away on January 22, 2021. She was born in Miles City, Montana on May 11, 1959 to Dean and Jeannie Haugen. Wendy graduated in 1977 from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington. She continued her education at Western Washington University and Washington State University. After attending the Intercollegiate School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington, Wendy graduated from WSU with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Wendy began her career as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. She went on to work in Tacoma as an RN for Dr. McCowen and Dr. Przasnyski at the Endocrine Clinic for over 20 years. She served as President of the Diabetes Association of Pierce County from 2014-2020. Wendy also volunteered as an RN at the Panther Camp for nearly 15 years, a camp serving children with diabetes. Wendy ended her nursing career at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
In 1981, Wendy married her childhood sweetheart, Bob Babare. They were married for almost 40 years and had three children. Over the years, Wendy and Bob shared many good times with the family and friends at Hood Canal, Mason Lake, and Lake Chelan. One of her favorite trips was a 10-day private yacht cruise up to Desolation Sound and taking a seaplane home. Wendy enjoyed traveling frequently to San Diego, Hawaii, and Mexico. In addition, she and Bob loved to entertain at their home on Henderson Bay and taking friends and family on their boat for sunset cruises. Wendy was fun-loving, an amazing hostess, and a wonderful cook.
Wendy is preceded in death by her father, Dean Haugen and her sister, Julie (Dave) Watts. Wendy is survived by her mother, Jeannie Haugen; her husband, Bob Babare; her children, Lindsey (Jake) Chambers, Haley Babare, and Drew (Anna) Babare; five grandchildren, Ezra, Rose, Jaya, Gwen, and Kyler; her sisters, Diana (Gerry) Harris, Lisa (Robb) Carter, and Kim (Kevin) Kaija; and many nieces and nephews. Wendy will be remembered as a kind and generous daughter sister, wife, mother, grandma, and aunt who cherished her family, loved her grandbabies and believed in making memories.
Wendy regularly attended Agnus Dei Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor, Washington. Her faith in God was one of her greatest attributes. The legacy Wendy leaves us is simple, yet powerful. Be kind, forgiving, and genuine.
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The Diabetes Association of Pierce County
PO Box 110427, Tacoma WA 98411