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Barbara Ann Weight

07/26/1931 - 02/12/2019
Service Date: 02/16/2019
Service Time: 1:00 PM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1430 N. Recker Rd., Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 02/15/2018
Visitation Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Barbara Ann Gold Weight passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and sister on February 12, 2019 at the age of 87.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Barbara is survived by her youngest sister Lettie Foote-Starkey and by her 6 children: Bryan Weight (Gaylene) of Gilbert AZ, Sheldon Weight of Gilbert AZ, LeAnn Goettel (Marc) of Altadena CA, Sterling Weight of Phoenix AZ, Wendy Erickson (Fred) of Provo UT, and Joni Bauer (Cal) of Idaho Falls ID. Her biggest claim to fame was her large posterity of 58 grandchildren and 74 great grandchildren who were the love of her life. She married S. Leon Weight on October 13, 1952 and they were married for 42 years. Barbara married Keith Russell in 1998 and they enjoyed twelve years together before his death in 2011.
Barbara led a colorful life in her fashion and personality, and was never seen without a full set of jewelry to match every outfit. Her generosity and kind nature to family and friends made her home a gathering place where all could feel her love and strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She shared that testimony by serving faithfully in many church callings. Barbara was always befriending and fellowshipping others and held a weekly family home evening group for 35 years.
As a family we would like to express our love to each of you for being part of our Mother’s life. A visitation will be held on Friday, February 15th, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bunker Funeral Home 33 North Centennial Way Mesa AZ 85201. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 16th, at 1430 N. Recker Rd. Mesa, AZ 85205 at 1 p.m., with a viewing one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary or Humanitarian Fund.


  • Lanny and Margie Owens

    She and Leon were our amazing friends when we moved to mesa. We will always be grateful for all they did for us.

  • Cassandra Benacides

    My heart And prayers go to each one of you at this time. What a sweet and wonderful lady your mother was a sentiment is shared by anyone who would meet her! She made Martha Stewart look like a rookie! Her enthusiasm will be missed!

  • Margie Kocherhans

    Oh dear, I remember Barbara from when I did her weekly coiffure on hunt st. We bartered…she ironed clothes for me, she always had an anecdote for situations, Barbara was a doer. I’m sorry for your family. I know that lady will be so missed. Margie

  • Jo Lene Gold Gibb

    Aunt Barbara has always been my “favorite” aunt (just ask her and she’d tell you that!). When I was around 10 years old my parents (Joel and Nellie Gold) needed to go away for several days and needed to farm out their kids – I remember my parents asking me who I would like them to ask if I could stay with and I immediately said I wanted to stay with Aunt Barbara. To a 10 year old girl she seemed so glamorous and she was always so nice to me whenever I saw her. I was over-the-moon delighted when she said that I could come and stay with here and Uncle Leon (they were still newlyweds and so looking back it is very surprising that they would have a 10 year old come and stay with them). I can’t even begin to tell you what those days meant to me – they were magical. Instead of cracked wheat mush like we had at home, Aunt Barbara took me to the grocery store and let me choose my very own cold cereal, and to top it off I got to have “real” milk, not powdered milk. But that paled in comparison to Aunt Barbara then taking me to the fabric store and letting me choose any fabric I wanted for a new Sunday dress – then she went home and sewed me this dress (which was so beautiful to me!!). She spoiled me for those few days and I truly wanted to stay forever – I always remembered that time with she and Uncle Leon and how they made me feel special, and I always told Aunt Barbara after that that she was my “favorite aunt”. When I was in my early 20’s I was trying to decide if I wanted to stay at BYU or transfer to ASU, and so I came down and spent another several days at their house and this time got to know their kids a bit better. She was and always will be to me, an extra special lady – I’m sure she’s having a grand Family Reunion on the other side and probably already finding someone to sew something (a doll, or a dress) for. Thank you for sharing your mother with me for so many years – I loved her dearly. Jo Lene

  • Venice Hall and Roger Hall

    We were sad to hear Barbara had passed away and especially we feel bad we can’t come to funeral because we are out of town. Barbara was an amazing woman full of story after a story and she always was very thougtful and kind to us when we first moved to Mesa! We think so much of all the Weight family and our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • My condolences to Brian and his family from a good friend my thoughts and prayers are with you Rene

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