Barbara Adams Genest died on Dec. 1, 2017, in Billings. Born in Billings, Mrs. Genest was the daughter of Dr. Frank William Adams and Julia Kelley Adams. A graduate of Billings High School, she attended the University of Kentucky, received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana, Missoula, and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. Throughout her school years, she was active in many school and sports activities and was women’s tennis champion at the University of Kentucky and the University of Montana. At Missoula, she was a candidate her junior year for R.O.T.C. Coed Colonel and earned her pilot’s license while there.

On Jan. 18, 1942, Barbara married Thomas Barton O’Donnell of Casper, Wyoming, in Carmel, California. Captain O’Donnell was killed on Attu Island, Alaska, in World War II. Barbara, as a member of the American Women’s Volunteer Service Club during that war, was presented a letter of Citation on October 23, 1945, by Captain W.W. Green, USNR, for her efforts and many hours of time given at the Naval Recreation Center in Burlingame, California.

Barbara later married Hal H. Genest of Danbury, Connecticut, who died March 14, 1974. During their marriage, they lived in Menlo Park, California, and Bellevue, Washington.

Over the years, Mrs. Genest was employed by The Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, University of Montana, Missoula, Pan American World Airways, San Francisco, and as an Engineer’s Analyst for the Boeing Company, Seattle. She returned to Billings in 1975, and was with the Billings School District as a librarian until her retirement.

Mrs. Genest was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society, Montana Library Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hilands Golf Club and the Elks Lodge.

Barbara was always considerate and thoughtful of others. Her family and friends were very precious to her. She is survived by eight nieces and nephews. Her parents, a sister, Judith Adams Culver, and a brother, Frank Williams Adams preceded her in death.

Burial will be in Mountview Cemetery beside her husband, Hal. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral service. Smith’s Downtown Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 119 N 33rd St., Billings, MT 59101.

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