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Barbara Olivo Cagle
13th of 16

Barbara is the thirteenth of Rose's sixteen children. She was born and reared in San Jose, California. St. Joseph's School was the foundation for her education through eighth grade. In Notre Dame High School, Barbara went by the nickname, "Bobbie." She was involved in a number of school activities, played the drums, was a cheerleader, song girl, sewed, and created various forms of artwork. She aspired to acting and performed in the Notre Dame Shakespearean Festival. Rumor has it that she pulled a fire alarm near the end of the festival that created confusion and concern. In her senior year, on February 14, 1970, she was involved in a tragic toboggan accident. Bobbie crashed into a huge pine tree and was confined to a bed for a couple months. The instant before impact, an out-of-body experience flashed before her eyes and the love of her family and friends left her with a dream to write a story of her mother. During her recovery, she collected letters and memorabilia from her family.

In her second year of college she met her Navy husband, Donald J. Cagle. He was attending college in Palo Alto, California. Prior to their marriage, she traveled Europe with two of her sisters for six weeks. Not long after she returned from Europe, Bobbie and Don were married on April 21, 1974. God blessed them with two beautiful children: Jocilyn Roselle, in 1975, and Jason John, in 1977.

From 1976 to 1979, Bobbie volunteered her time as a cheerleader and pep club instructor for the Oslo American School, in Oslo, Norway. She spent time in North Chicago, Illinois, Monterey, California, and Guam, before residing in Spokane, Washington to rear her children. Bobbie enjoyed an extremely successful career in real estate from 1988 to 2002. She served as President of the Spokane Authors & Self-Publishers from 2005 to 2007. Currently she performs with the "Tap Grandmas" and "Spring Chicks" of Spokane.


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