Barbara was born November 6, 1923, to Leon Dewey and Annie Madsen Gardner in Honeyville, Utah. As the second daughter, Barbara learned to work on the family dairy farm at an early age, loved riding horses and driving a wagon team. She enjoyed life on the farm with an older sister, four younger brothers and two younger step-sisters. Barbara attended schools in Honeyville and graduated from Box Elder High School.
Barbara worked at the Ogden Arsenal in the shell loading plant and played on the women's basketball and softball teams. She excelled as a softball pitcher and was inducted into the Utah Softball Hall of Fame.
Barbara worked at Internal Revenue Service and Moore's Nursery. Barbara loved to play sports, bowled and golfed in leagues until a couple years ago, and now enjoys watching any kind of sporting event, especially Weber State University sports and the Utah Jazz. Her favorite activities include gardening, socializing with family and friends, and spending time with her dog, Tia.
Barbara is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has enjoyed serving in many callings.
Barbara married Michael Avondet in 1945, and they have resided in Ogden. Barbara and Mike have always planted and cared for a large vegetable garden. She has continued this tradition solo since Michael's passing in 2001. Their children are; Roy (Marilyn), Alan (Callie), and Ann (Bryan) Gilbert. She has 17 grandchildren and 38 great-grand children.