FARMINGTON — E. Gayle Barigar, 74, formerly of Buhl, Idaho, and Sacramento, Calif., passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, May 21, in Farmington. She was surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Oakland, Calif., on March 18, 1936. Pursuing her artistic talent was a lifelong adventure for her. She was best known for her bold, beautiful, larger-than-life oil paintings. She was exposed to the world of art as a young child through her grandmother, who was an accomplished sculptor.
She worked as a graphic artist for Pacific Bell and the U.S. Government. She taught art for many years in the elementary, middle, high schools and college. She particularly loved sharing her passion for art with children. Of them she said, “It is fantastic to see these little hands do such beautiful work.” She developed an alphabet in calligraphy based on the plants of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, which was later acquired by the largest graphic supply house in the world.
She married Keith Kading in 1954, and had three sons. She and Keith divorced and she later married the love of her life, Bob Barigar, who passed away in 2002. She moved to Farmington in 2006, to be near her son and daughter-in-law. In the four years she lived there, she made many friends and grew to love the area. She immensely loved her 1824 Queen Anne home which suited her perfectly.
She is survived by many: son, Kelly Kading and wife, Nancy Barrows Kading, of Farmington; son, Kevin Kading and wife, Kristy, of Shingle Springs, Calif.; son, Kent Kading and wife, Ann, of Sammamish, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six siblings, brother, David Van Brasch and wife, Rena; sister, Christine Noyes and husband, Bob; sister, Nancy Hamren and husband, Jerry; brother, Stephen Van Brasch; brother, Travis Van Brasch and wife, Momi Fong; and sister, Julie Britzman and husband, Chuck.