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Mary Joan Barber

09/10/1932 - 12/11/2014
Service Date: 12/20/2014
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gilbert Ward, 1150 W. Elliot Road, Gilbert, Arizona

Mary Joan Goodman Barber, known as “Nana” by so many, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones on December 11, 2014 in Gilbert, Arizona. She led a very happy, fulfilled life with family and friends. On May 4, 1950 she married Joseph Alexander Barber Jr. and they were happily married over 61 years raising their four children; Mary Ann Parry (Dennis), Phyllis Carlene Weberg (Don), JoAlice Garbrick (Bob) and David Allen Barber (Belinda). She has 26 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her eternal companion Joseph and two grandsons, Joseph and Jacob. As a family they all enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and loved the outdoors. They eventually became campground hosts and purchased a home in Springerville. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints they served several missions at the Mesa Family History Center.

A viewing will be held Friday, December 19th from 6-8 PM at the Gilbert Ward building, 1150 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85233. The funeral will be at 10 AM Saturday, December 20th at the same location with a viewing prior at 9 AM. Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel.


  • My prayer goes out to the Barber family, I would like to express my condolence at this time to your family. The Bible is a great source of encouragement at times like this, a comforting thought is at Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”

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