Canfield, Barbara

Barbara L. Canfield, 91, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 7, 2018, at her home.

She was born Jan. 19, 1927, in St. Johns, Mich., the daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Heidemann) Clark. Barb was a 1945 graduate of Rodney Wilson High School, before studying business at the University of Michigan.

She married the love of her life, Calvin H. Canfield, on Dec. 2, 1950, in Ann Arbor, Mich., and they settled on his family farm where they spent the rest of their lives. He preceded her in death Sept. 1, 1995.

In addition to serving as a loving homemaker for her family, Barb worked as a medical secretary for Dr. Elliot in Wauseon, Ohio, and later was employed with Fulton County Soil and Water. She also worked for several years at the former Coach Light Room clothing store in Wauseon.

Barb was active as a member of several civic and social organizations, including the Wauseon Elks Club, Fayette Legion Auxiliary, Bridge Club, and Fayette Community Fine Arts Council. She faithfully attended the Fayette United Methodist Church. Most recently, she enjoyed the Thursdays @ Seven Book Club at Normal Memorial Library.

Barb is remembered for her talent of sewing and her enjoyment of tending to her flower gardens. She was fortunate to travel to many places around the world, and enjoyed special family trips piloted by her husband. She also enjoyed playing cards and was an avid sports fan, always rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

She is survived by a daughter, Debra L. (and Michael) Dow of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; a son, Jeffrey C. (and Sally) Canfield of Fayette; a brother, Robert R. (and Jo) Clark of Sacramento, Calif.; grandchildren, Erik C. (and Nell) Canfield of Centerville, Ohio, Amanda J. (and Jack) DeVer of Columbus, Ohio, and Dr. Brandon S. Canfield (and fiancée Stef) of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Eamon and Oliver Canfield, and Everett and Rowan Dever; in-laws, Bernie Clark of Eugene, Ore., Dean E. Bates of Tampa, Fla., and Patricia Nickel of Marietta, Calif.

In addition to her parents and husband of 45 years, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard S. Clark; and sister, Katherine M. Bates.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, from at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Eagle Funeral Home, with Pastor Andrea Curry officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fayette United Methodist Church or Fayette Community Fine Arts Council.