Jean Barclay, 98, Luverne, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.
A private graveside service will take place at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne, per Jean’s wishes.
Jean Erickson was born on June 21, 1922, to Melvin and Edna (Hallsten) Erickson in Sheyenne, North Dakota. She spent her childhood years in Sheyenne. At age 14, she moved with her family to Bismarck, North Dakota. She graduated from Bismarck High School in 1940. She attended Bismarck Junior College for two years and then studied at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education. She worked for a couple of years at a government school in North Dakota before moving to Magnolia, Minnesota, for a teaching job.
Jean met Pat Barclay at the local café in Magnolia, and they were married on June 27, 1946, in Sheyenne. They lived in Luverne, where Pat had a plumbing and heating business and Jean was a homemaker.
When Pat retired, the couple enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida and their summers at home in Luverne. Following Pat’s death in 1988, Jean continued to spend winters in Florida for the next 14 years.
Jean was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne, where she taught Sunday School and Bible Study and was a part of Luther League. Jean was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge with friends. One of her passions was travel. Her travels included many U.S. states as well as trips to Africa, Australia, Russia, Central America and Europe.
Jean is survived by her son, John David (Vicki) Barclay of St. Charles, Illinois; her son-in-law, David Gaona of Bluffton, South Carolina; two granddaughters, Patricia and Camille Barclay; a brother, Donald Erickson of New Rockford, North Dakota; a special brother, Robert Cook of Fargo, North Dakota; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pat; her daughter, Barbara Barclay; and a brother and his wife, Mayo and Elaine Erickson.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.