Barbara Lee Wilbur, 95, of Baker City, Oregon, passed away on August 23, 2022, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. She was interred at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland, Oregon.\n She will be sorely missed by family and friends. Here she is, in her own words:\n\nMy great-great-grandfather was one of the first settlers in Eagle Valley. My grandfather, Fred Simonis, raised sheep in the valley. My mother, Ruth Simonis (nee McDowell), was my earliest artistic inspiration. My high school art teacher in Bend, Or., Mr. Burlingame, encouraged us to create our artistic monogram (even in high school!) and keep it for the rest of our lives. To this day, I still use my "SI" monogram. \n\nI graduated from Eagle Valley high school in 1944 and married soon after. I raised four children: Tamara Lee Henden (former administrator for the Consul General of Japan in Portland); Neil John Wilbur (deceased); Daniel Scott Wilbur, Ph.D., (cancer research scientist and Medical School professor emeritus at the University of Washington); and Obie Brian Simonis, (international Boston-based sculptor). I also have five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren!\n\nFour kids moved my art to the sidelines for a lot of years. I needed a change, so in 1972 I attended Portland Community College and took two years of commercial art. I then transferred to Portland State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Art. All the while, I worked part-time for Safeway, also keeping track of three college-aged kids. It was interesting attending college with your kids!\n\nI retired from Safeway after 30 years, having returned home to Baker City. Once I retired, I spent most days working in my garden, doing art, and playing pinochle.\n\nMy art...In college, I found that I enjoyed working in ceramics. Since I was physically unable to do wheelwork, I learned to hand-build. I have long admired the work of primitive-style potters. I love and enjoy the black pottery of Mexico that I have seen in my travels. Over the years, I found myself appreciating pottery from all origins in its most basic and primitive form. Working and exhibiting at Crossroads Art Center, I loved to burnish pots using a polished agate in the native style. I developed my own unique style and enjoyed working with my hands.