Mary Ann Barclay died holding her husband's hand on Thursday morning May 12 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 82 and a native of Walla Walla.
Mary Ann is survived by her husband Max Barclay, daughter Judy Carlson, son Jim Barclay, two grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Mary Ann was the last surviving member of her family. Born to F.J. and Mary Boule, August 24, 1928, she had four brothers, Ken, Jim, Paul and Dan Boule.
Mary Ann attended St. Patrick's school in Walla Walla and Sisters of Providence nurses training in Seattle before marrying Max Barclay. Mary Ann and Max farmed in Morrow County Oregon and retired to a small walnut and horse farm in Laton, California prior to moving back to Walla Walla
24 years ago.
Mary Ann was a member of PEO and St. Francis Altar Society. She was a founder and 60 year member of Valley Grove Bridgettes and loved playing bridge.
Mary Ann was a quiet person who always knew exactly the right time and place to inject a spike of humor. She taught catechism to many students in Morrow County at St. Patrick's parish there. She was also an Altar Society member there. She served for many years in various roles on the Morrow County School Board with particular emphasis on the budgetary advisory committee. She was a dedicated farm housewife and as such was always available for whatever that required. She was a loving wife and mother and a dependable friend to many. Her family and the world will miss her love and wise counsel.
Viewing will be available from 1 to 6 PM on Tuesday, May 17 at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. Rosary will be at the funeral home chapel at 6 PM on Tuesday May 17. Funeral Mass is at 10 AM Wednesday May 18 at St. Francis Catholic Church with internment to follow at Mt. View Cemetery in Walla Walla.
Donations in Mary Ann's memory can be made through the Herring Funeral Home to DeSales School or Walla Walla Community Hospice or
the charity of your choice.