On the morning of Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Barbara Rose Bartley, 76, continued her journey as she passed on to be welcomed into the Lord’s Kingdom. Barbara was born October 8, 1936, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late Jessie and Ellen (Sage) Roberts. Married 58 years to the love of her life and best friend, Franklin C. Bartley Sr. on August 21, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan. They moved to Sarnia in 1960 where they raised four wonderful children Charles (Jo-Ann) Bartley, Ellen Larocque (John Benjamin), Linda Bartley (Terry Rattigan), Frank Jr. (Sharon) Bartley. Grandchildren Michael (Jennifer) Bartley, Robert (Allison) Bartley, Melissa Thomas, Kevin Thomas, Mallory Potter and six great-grandchildren. In addition to being a mother and grandmother, she was also a friend to her children and grandchildren, with whom all have wonderful memories and have cherished the closeness that they have shared with her over the years. She dedicated her life to her husband and children. Barbara also shared an incredible bond with her siblings. Her oldest brother and younger sister have passed on before her: Jesse Roberts Jr. and Betty-Joann Baker. Barbara is also survived by her youngest brother Michael (Dorothy) Roberts, all of Michigan. Barbara also left many wonderful memories with her in-laws Wayne Baker, Bill (Joanne) Bartley, Sally (Jack) Cooper, Marion (Doug) McPhedran, as well as 18 nieces and nephews and their children.
Barbara worked for many years in the food service industry: A&W, Dairy Queen, Sentry Cafeteria, Murphy Manor and Dow Cafeteria where she enjoyed and took pride in her work. In addition to her family and work, Barbara enjoyed camping, bowling, baking, cooking, sewing and travelling. Barbara spent her life caring for those that she loved and that brought her great fulfillment and joy. She loved having her family around at all times.
The Bartley family would like to thank Dr. Maddison and his team at St. Joseph’s Hospice for the amazing care that they provided to our mother in her final hours.
Cremation has taken place. The family will have dinner to celebrate Barbara’s life for family members and friends at a later date. Donations may be sent in her memory to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Alzheimer Society. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.
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