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Obituary: Mary Barraclough

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Mary Barraclough 1923 - 2005 Mary Barraclough passed away peacefully August 1st, 2005 at the Bountiful LifeCare Center. She was born on March 17, 1923, the first child of Rowland and Johanna Barraclough. Four years later her only sibling, Ralph was born. She graduated from West High School and West High LDS Seminary in 1940. She began working at Welfare Square where her wages were paid in groceries for the family. In 1942, Mary worked as school clerk for Riverside and Riley Schools. Soon, she became employed at Salt Lake Knitting Works, where her father worked. Mary served an LDS mission to California in 1944-45, when there were very few sister missionaries. World War II ended while she was serving her mission. pon returning, she worked at the LDS Church Offices. She worked as a secretary for the Presiding Bishopric. She served under Bis. Thorpe B. Isaacson, Bis. Robert L. Simpson, Elder Robert D. Hales, Patriarch Edlred G. Smith and Elder Franklin D. Richards. She was also secretary to President Marion G. Romney of the First Presidency. She loved this work! A highlight of her work at the Church Office Building was being asked to offer the benediction by the First Presidency at the Christmas Devotional in 1979 for all church employees. Mary served for 43 years as a secretary for the General Authorities. After President Marion Romney passed away, she retired in 1988. Mary served in the 15th Ward and Stake MIA presidencies. She wrote and edited two books: The History of the 15th Ward (one of the original 19 wards in Salt Lake City) and The Biographies of Rowland and Johanna Barraclough. Mary lived with and cared for her aged parents until their deaths. She loved the Lord and had a strong testimony of the gospel. She is survived by her brother, Ralph, and his six children and their families. Mark Barraclough, Jeff Barraclough, Susan Moss, Julie Barraclough, Brad Barraclough and Ginger Barraclough. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the staff of LifeCare for their loving care and to friends and family who have shown kindness and compassion to Mary throughout her life. A special thank you to Dr. Leroy Parkin. Funeral services will be held 12 noon Saturday, August 6th in the 29th Wardhouse, 1100 W. 500 N., SLC. A viewing will precede the services from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple.