Barbara Lindquist
05
Jun

Barbara Lindquist (1930-2013)

               Barbara Lindquist, nee Holmes, 83, peacefully passed away on 
June 1 at the Wheaton Franciscan Hospice at All Saints Hospital in 
Racine. She was born on May 25, 1930 to Clarence E. and Oma A. Holmes 
in Chicago and has been a resident of Racine since 1975, after living 
in Kenosha for 16 years. She earned a two-year associate degree from 
Wright Jr. College in Chicago in 1951 and a B.A. in 1971 from the 
UW-Parkside. In addition to 20 years of raising a family of four 
children, she substitute-taught elementary school in Kenosha and taught 
full time at Children’s House in Racine. She was also an assistant 
public relations director at St. Luke’s Hospital.
               In partnership with Jeanne Arnold, she helped create Mother Courage 
Bookstore from 1978 to 1983 and Mother Courage Press in 1981. They 
published 25 titles that sold internationally, including two that were 
among the first sexual abuse therapy books for children. They retired 
the press in 2002. They started the women’s spirituality group in 1982 
that joined with the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church where 
she has been an active member since 1965. She was Director of Religious 
Education of the UU church school from 1974 to 1977.
She is the author of five published books, three under the pen name of 
B. L. Holmes and two under her own name. She also illustrated four 
Mother Courage Press books. As an artist she has sold more than 100 
works that are in private collections around the country. She also 
built a total of 59 musical instruments, including six guitars, three 
violins, three dulcimers and many, many others. She played guitar and 
other instruments, organizing the women’s band, “The Depends,” and 
played with the “Roadkill” band.
               Surviving are her life-partner of 39 years, Jeanne Arnold; her 
daughter, Kim Lindquist; sons Kurt (Kim) Lindquist, Klindt Lindquist, 
and Keith Lindquist; and her grandchildren Karl, Ryan, and Kyle 
Lindquist; Erin (Will) Merritt; Lauren, Jason and Jenny Bowen and great 
grandchildren. Also surviving her are Jeanne’s children, grandchildren 
and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; 
brother, Calvin; her granddaughter Krystal; and Jack Lindquist, her 
husband of 21 years.
               A memorial service will be held at the Olympia Brown Unitarian 
Universalist Church, 625 College Avenue, Racine, on Saturday, June 8, 
with a memorial service at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with 
the family at the church beginning at 1 p.m. Memorials suggested to the 
Olympia Brown Church UU Endowment Fund.

One comment

  1. tascha brendum rivecco June 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    so sorry for your loss . I still have the book your mother gave me on the vist to her house when they had the book store.she will be missed .love from us all .Tascha ,Tarha Mengo , and Mom Sharon Brendum .

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