Barbara Jean Deardorff, daughter of Pearl (Bower) & Virgil Deardorff, Sr, was born at home on March 18, 1932. Barbara graduated from high school and began a long and rewarding career as a nurse’s aid at Clearview Home in Clearfield.
Barbara did not have children of her own so she became a ‘second mom’ and extended grandma to many throughout the Clearfield community. She enjoyed hosting Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinners: usually there was a dinner for the single people and another for the married couples. Barbara loved to play cribbage and cards. In her later years, she enjoyed her ‘get-aways’ to the casino.
Barbara loved to go fishing and she would take kids and make sure they knew how to bait their hooks and catch their fish. She was a wonderful cook and will be remembered for her fried chicken, potato salad, pies, home canned pickles, cinnamon rolls, just to name a few.
Barbara passed away on March 17, 2016 at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 29 days. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Keith & Virgil Deardorff, Jr; sister Verna Fletchall; and twins Bennie Lou and Betty Sue and infant brother Charles Myles.
Those left to cherish her memory include her sisters Bonnie (Jerry) Fletchall and Connie Asher; brother Phillip Deardorff; sister-in-law Joanie Deardorff; several nieces and nephews; many friends including special friends, Dixie Larsen, Sharon England, Opal Neece, and Pat Long. A memorial fund has been established in her name.
Services were provided by Waston-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr with Rev. Al Rusk officiating.
Casketbearers were Randy Deardorff, Jim Routh, Gordon Still, Denny Bailey, Bill Larsen, Ray Dean Larsen and Kenny Larsen.
Honorary Pallbearers were Dixie Larsen, Sharon England, pay Long, Opal Neece and Madeline Nelson.
Barbara was laid to rest at the Athelstan Cemetery in Athelstan, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2016