Vergie Mae Barclay

June 16, 1900 - November 10, 2010

Vergie Mae Barclay, 101, passed away on November 10, 2010, due to old age. Vergie Mae was born on June 16, 1909, to Lilburn and Mildred Magruder, in Brunswick, Mo. She was the eldest of four children. Vergie was raised on the farm and graduated from high school in 1927. Taking teacher's training during high school and college, she taught school in a one-room school in Brunswick, MO., until she married Ralph Barclay from Brookfield, Mo., in 1934.

In 1937, they came west for looking for work, settling in Grande Coulee, Wash., where Ralph helped build the dam. Their daughter, Marlene, was born there.

At the outbreak of World War II, they moved to Portland, Ore. They both worked in the Kaiser Ship Yards. Vergie Mae cleaned the burning tips for "Rosie the Rivetor" torches. Second daughter, Julie, was born in Portland, Ore.

After living in Portland, Boise, Yiplanti, Michigan and Los Angeles, where daughter, Barbara, was born, they moved to the Rogue Valley and Medford in 1953.

Virgie Mae joined the First Methodist Church and was active in Girl Scouting. She served on the Girl Scout Council as the camping chairman for one year and took her Girl Scout troop through senior scouting. In 1962, she began working for Medford School District, and for a number of years, was the cafeteria manager at Hedrick Junior High.

Upon retirement, they moved to Phoenix, Ore., and enjoyed a number of years of snow birding to Needles, Calif., to play golf.

After Ralph's death in 1981, she settled into a small apartment in Phoenix and became more involved in home extension, bridge and church.

Vergie Mae is survived by her daughters, Marty Moore (Dick), of Medford, Ore., Julie Kyer (Chuck), of Gresham, Ore. and Barbara Fincher, of Phoenix, Ore.; four grandchildren, Kelly Russell, Kirk Russell, Robert Crawford and Wendy St. Laurent; eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; three grandsons, Joseph Crawford, Barclay Fincher and Scott Moore; brother, Eugene, of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Emma Lou and Betty, of Missouri; and Barbara Fincher's companion, Rodney Elder.

The family wishes to thank Sunshine Adult Foster Home for Vergie Mae's care the last two and a half years.

A private service will be held at a later date.

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