††† Funeral services for Mary Jane Barclay, age 88, of Early, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Early First Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Ailshie officiating. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
††† Mary Jane (Foster) Barclay left this life to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday evening, April 28, 2010. Even though she had a lengthy illness she was blessed to be at her home until her passing. ††† ††† ††† Mary Jane was born June 1, 1921, to Steve Nathan Foster and Ada Virgilene (Maddux) Foster in Atwell, Texas. Mary graduated from Atwell and Cross Plains† High School in 1939 before attending John Tarleton College in Stephenville. She majored in home economics. She was married to George Harold Barclay at the home of her parents on Aug. 27, 1941.
††† After Harold returned from World War II in 1945, they lived in three different homes on Lucas drive in Early, Texas, where they raised three daughters. In 1976 they moved to Mark Allen Drive where they enjoyed living the rest of their lives. Mary enjoyed being a fulltime homemaker and cared for her husband in his times of health and sickness with love and faithful devotion. Her husband preceded her in death Feb. 18, 2001. She delighted in time spent with her daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-granddaughter. She enjoyed keeping a neat home, well kept vegetable and flower gardens, and always had meals cooked with an open door for family and friends. She loved being the prepared hostess and was blessed with a servantís heart.
††† The greatest influence in Maryís life was her decision to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior as a teenager and she was an active and devoted member of Early First Baptist† Church where she shared the Lord with children by teaching Sunday school classes and providing Bible drill training.
††† She is survived by her sister, Vera Pillans of Abilene; three daughters, Janie Boyd and husband Bryan, Ann Ellis and her husband Jerry, and Donna Gordon and her husband Bill, all of Brownwood; her grandchildren, Michaelynne Ellis Love and husband Shannon, DawnAnn Wilson and husband David, Kris Boyd and wife Dana, Jan Boyd Ward, and husband John, Shawn Stringer and wife Kayety, and Jeff Stringer; her great-grandchildren, Ripleigh Love Degenhardt and husband Jeremy, Ryland Love, Lauren Ward, Kristi Ward, Bryce Boyd, Brady Boyd, Brock Boyd, Rebecca Wilson and Reese Wilson. Her great-great-granddaughter is Rori Jane Degenharadt.
††† Mary was proceded by her husband, parents, four brothers and one grandson, Ray Merle Ellis.
††† The family requests memorials be made to Early First† Baptist Church.
††† Condolences may be offered to the family at www.davismorrisfuneral