Patricia “Patt” Barber, age 90, loving mother of eight, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022.
Patt was born on February 21, 1932, in Roscommon County, to Cecil and Barbara Auldrich.
She spent her childhood living at Marl Lake with her family, including a brother and two sisters. Patt attended the Free Methodist Church with her mother, where she met her future husband, Paul Barber.
Patt and Paul married on August 19, 1949. Together they raised eight children.
She was a homemaker who was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, politics, music, and travel. She was a talented seamstress, and a wonderful cook, who entertained on holidays, with a full house of children, aunts, and uncles.
Patt introduced her children to books by taking them to the library and setting aside time every night for reading. Patt and her family enjoyed camping trips to Brimley, jeep rides at Marl Lake, and venturing out every Christmas to cut down the perfect “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree.
Patt was preceded in death by her grandson, Dustin; her daughter, Mary; and her husband, Paul.
She is survived by her children, Keith, Patricia, Doug (Kathy), Amanda, Vern (Becky), Dave (Kay), Nick, and foster son, Mike Pearce; her grandchildren, Jesse (Mary), Martin (JoAnne), Ben (Liz), Adam (Kim), Brittany (Eric), Elan, Emily (Dan), Christopher (Brittany), Jessica, and Lucas; and her great-grandchildren, Isabella, Scarlet, Sebastian, Gabriel, Ashton, Lincoln, Lena, Ryan, Sophia, Bo, Hank, Amelia, Addison, and Kyle.
At this time, the family has chosen to remember her privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Covenant House, PO Box 731 New York, NY 10101-0900. https://www.covenanthouse.org/donation-options/donate-now
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.