Dorothy Ann Barger

November 01, 1932 ‒ February 04, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Dorothy Ann Barger, 86, of Delaware passed away Monday evening, February 4, 2019 at her residence, following a brief illness.

She was born November 1, 1932 in Delaware to the late Charles Joseph Macklin and Ruby Dale (Jones) Macklin and later graduated from Bellepoint High School.

In the 1960’s Dorothy traveled door to door working as a local “Avon Lady.” She worked in retail for many years at DelRX, The Boston Store and the Sears Catalog Store in Delaware. Dorothy worked as vending attendant for Sanese Services and also in the Wal-Mart Pharmacy in Port Charlotte, Florida. She was a caregiver to many family members. A devoted and faithful member of William Street United Methodist Church, she enjoyed nature and all animals, especially birds. She loved cooking, traveling and music. A “people person”, she enjoyed socializing, visiting and sharing with others and spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Deborah (Ray) McCurdy of Ashley; son, Steve (Debra Peirsol) Barger of Ostrander; 6 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are her special cousins; sister-in-law, Martha Warner of Delaware; several nieces and nephews; and her feline companion, Zoey.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband John, son David “Mike” Barger, her brother Merle Macklin and her sister Betty Wildman.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Capital City Hospice and loving caregivers Lori Clark, Kathy Powell and Kim Estes for their wonderful care and concern shown to Dorothy.

Dorothy had a strong spirit and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

In observing Dorothy’s wishes, a cremation will take place with casual Celebration of Life services to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of Delaware County, 4920 State Route 37 East, Delaware, OH 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is assisting the family.

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  • I miss you so much already. Today you taught me that you will always be with me, I’m stronger than I realize and to enjoy every precious minute of life.
    Ellie told me she misses the “old days” when we’d come to your house after school and hang out with you just the 3 of us. We love you so much and will a part of you in our heart forever.

  • Deb, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Sending warm thoughts and prayers your way.

  • Debbie & Steve – Your Mom was a beautiful person with beautiful soul. My thoughts are with you. – Marcia Jones Peachey

  • Thinking of you all and the laughs we shared at Barger reunions and those few dinners we managed to get together.

  • I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. I hope you may find comfort at Revelation 21:4, “And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” We can look forward to the time when God will take away all reasons for distress and he even gives us a hope of a resurrection. (Acts 24:15) I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me.

  • Deb and Steve. Have many fond memories of your mom and her Avon deliveries. Mom always bought lipstick and loved her visit. She was always my vision of the perfect put together lady. Very kind soul. Sympathy to all your family.

  • Deb so heartbreaking to hear of your Mom’s passing. I feel very lucky to have known Dot she was a very special person. Always fun to be around or with her. My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy go out to you.

  • I will miss all the talks we had. All the laughs and tears. You will forever hold a special place in my heart. Caring for you was my pleasure. Your so missed already. Until we meet again Dorothy.

  • To Dorothy’s family and friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. I, myself, have found comfort in reading Job 14:14,15 where it shows that Jehovah God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. The Bible gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort and strength as well, remembering that soon God will wipe away our tears and swallow up death forever. (Isaiah 25:8)

  • Debbie & Family :
    I’m so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Just know you & your family is in my prayers & thoughts.

    Deb did you work at the ambulance in Galion?

  • My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. True comfort comes by drawing close to God (Psalms 83:18) in prayers so He (God) can draw close to you in return. (James 4:8).