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.