Obituary of Ona Mae Barclay
Ona Mae Louise Barclay, age 85 went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 26, 2018. Ona Mae was the first born for Justin and Barbara Johnson in Bemidji MN January 10, 1933 and eventually became the oldest of 13 children. Even at a young age she became the Matriarch of her family and continued to hold that precious role until she passed away. Ona Mae fell in love with a young man she had literally known her entire life. Bill Barclay was a rambunctious lad that always seemed to find trouble as Ona would tattle on him relentlessly while they attended a 1 room schoolhouse together. Be that as it may they eventually fell in love that led to 59 years of marriage. Together they had three children, one of which left this world way to soon at the tender age of 3. We are rejoicing the fact that she is once again reunited with Greg for the first time in over 50 years, and her loving husband Bill who passed away in 2013. Ona Mae and Bill traveled all over the country following his working career and truly had an adventure in every single place they ever lived. With their desires to be closer to family they moved to their final home in Lynden, Wa. in 2008. She loved to read, going to garage sales, playing cards with family and even began to paint in the later part of her life. As Bill's health began to decline, Ona Mae considered it an honor and privilege to care for him and demonstrated what if means to be a dedicated loving spouse, never thinking of her own needs but showing what unconditional love really is until his passing. As Ona Mae never spent time in the hospital or rarely got sick, it was a great shock to discover that she had Vascular Parkinson's. While this horrible disease robbed her of her mobility and ability to care for herself, she never lost her sharp keen mind and maintained her matriarch status through the end. Her greatest joy was seeing her family and sharing stories while sipping a hazelnut latte. Ona Mae was preceded in death by her parents Justin and Barbara, 3 sisters; Janice, LeEllen, Sandra and 6 brothers; Larry, Vernon, Dennis, Miles, Reed, Walter. Her Husband of 59 years Bill, and her 3-year-old son Greg. She is survived by 2 sisters; Barb and LuWane, and 1 brother LeRoy. Children; Randy (Sally), Penny (Greg Bowen), Brian (Chris) Grandchildren; Terry (Michelle), Deanna (SanJay Pathak), Billy, Stephanie (Josh Henrie), Kendra (Jess Lallas), Derek, Brett (Amanda), Kyle, Collin (g.f. Kaylee); Great-granddaughter; Maci Rae Henrie in addition to many nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Christian Health Care Center in Lynden.
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