Barbara Mae Chartrand, 86, of Shumway, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at her home in Fountain Hills, with three of her surviving children by her side. She was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Globe, to Bob and Azalea Jones.
Barbara attended high school in Globe and married Lee F. Chartrand on May 12, 1950. They were married for 64 years and together owned and operated the Southwestern Stone Co. in Taylor for 33 years.
Barbara loved her many friends. She loved to laugh and her wonderful humor made everyone laugh with her. She loved to travel. She always knew where her shoes were so if someone said, “Let’s go,” she had her shoes on and ready to go before you could finish. She loved to bowl and spent many years bowling in a league at the Show Low Bowl. She loved to play softball and racquetball. She was active and you would never find her napping in the day, and to be honest, couldn’t understand why anyone would. She would say, “You can nap when you’re dead.” So nap now, Mom. Sleep well and in peace. You earned it.
She was first and foremost a mom to her children; her children’s friends; her grandchildren; her neighbors; friends; and stranger’s children; and all the little baby animals that came into her life. She was just a beautiful, loving mom and friend to all.
She is survived by four of her five children, Robert, Lloyd, Debra and Denise; as well as 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She is reuniting with her husband Lee (2014), son Don (2010), two beloved grandsons: Roy Chartrand (2001), and Monty Eoff (2014).
The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support from everyone, and especially Hospice of the Valley for their incredible service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any of your choice or http://salvationarmyusa.org/usn/what-we-believe. Condolences may be left on the Owens Livingston Mortuary website at www.owenslivingstonmortuary.com
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