Mary Jane Foster Barclay

June 1, 1921April 28, 2010

Funeral services for Mary Jane Barclay, age 88, of Early will be at 3:00 PM, Saturday, May 1, 2010 at Early First Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Ailshie officiating. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00. 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 Tarleton State College in Stephenville. She majored in home economics. She married George Harold Barclay at the home of her parents on August 27, 1941. After Harold returned from WWII in 1945 they lived in three different homes on Lucas drive in Early, Texas, where they raised 3 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 February 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 servant’s heart. The greatest influence in Mary’s life was her decision to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior as a teenager and 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. Mary was proceded by her husband, parents, four brothers and one grandson, Ray Merle Ellis. 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. The family requests memorials be made to Early First Baptist Church.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 1, 2010
  • Visitation Friday, April 30, 2010

Mary Jane Foster Barclay

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RaLois Lancaster

May 5, 2010

I was sad to the the Mrs. Barclay had passed. She brightened so many lives here on the earth. We had special memories for my daughter, Kristie, when she sat with your Dad. I appreciate your sharing the photos of special family moments. Many fond memories for me too. I have nothing but love for all of you and know you will miss her. All my love from our family to yours.

Marietta Dobbins

May 3, 2010

to Ann and all the family thinking of u and we are so sorry for your loss , she was so sweet and a incredible lady . Marietta and Alan Dobbins

Martha Leveritt (Foster)

May 2, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We thought a lot of your Mom, and will hold her in our hearts. The AB and Edna Foster Family

Sara Beth (Street)Oyler

April 30, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May sweet memories of your Mom bring you peace and comfort at this sad time. God's Love to All, My Hugs.