Boice Funeral Home


Judith Barkman

September 27, 1936June 9, 2021

Judy Barkman was born September 27, 1936 in Clovis to Nola and Les Smith. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cindy Lawless. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Vern Barkman, her daughters Jennifer Vantassel (James), and Sandra Christensen (Tom). Five grandchildren, Mark Lawless (Sara), William Lawless, Crista Vantassel (Emma), Cameron Christensen, Sonnie Lapomardo. Four great grandchildren, Mallory, Grant, Daisy, Brooklyn.

As a lifelong resident of Clovis, she took great pride in serving her community. She was a lifetime member of the Clovis Community Hospital Guild, spent many years volunteering in the Clovis Rodeo ticket office and served on the Clovis Planning Commission for 16 years. As a result of that service, she was awarded the Clovis Woman of the Year in 1990.

In 1998, Vern and Judy were inducted into the City of Clovis Hall of Fame. They were nominated and selected to receive the ‘Clovis Way of Life’ honor, presented to citizens who have participated in the Clovis way of life by living in and supporting the community.

She graduated from Clovis High in 1954 and remained active in planning and participating in her high school reunions until she passed. Her school spirit remained strong throughout her life. She and husband, Vern, never missed a Clovis High football game. They have been season ticket holders at Lamonica Stadium from the first game, and Vern plans to continue attending. Judy was a true example of the old saying “Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar”.

As their family grew, so did their circle of friends and activities. Most every 3 day weekend, there were camping trips to the coast or the mountains. For 10 years, the spring and summer months were consumed by Clovis Jets swim practices and meets. Judy was a girl scout leader for 8 years and a dedicated Parent Club volunteer for 10 years, all while working full time outside of the home.

Judy enjoyed being a grandma and treasured the years spent caring for the grandkids as their parents worked. Judy and Vern could be found at most school activities and every sports event. The grandchildren and great grandchildren are their pride and joy. And the feeling is mutual.

She was truly an amazing woman. She powered through health issues without complaining, supported her family in every circumstance and gave every last ounce of energy to be with the people she loved the most. On her last day of clarity, she looked into the eyes of every family member, and there were many of them, and proclaimed her love for them and an admonition to take care of each other. She fought hard when she needed to fight, and when it was time to stop, she gave her last bit of energy to the benefit of her family. We were proud to walk her up to the finish line.

A Graveside Service for Judith will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Clovis Cemetery, 305 North Villa Avenue, Clovis, California 93612.

Following the Graveside Service will be a Celebration of Life Service at 11:30 a.m. at Clovis Rodeo Grounds Banquet Hall, 748 Rodeo Drive, Clovis, CA 93612.

Contributions in Judith's memory may be made to Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Cente, 85 Temperance Avenue , Clovis, California,; and Clovis Rodeo Association Foundation, or to a charity of your choice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Barkman family.


  • Vernon Barkman, Husband
  • Sandra Christensen (Thomas), Daughter
  • Jennifer Vantassel (James), Daughter
  • Mark Lawless, Grandchild
  • William Lawless, Grandchild
  • Crista Vantassel, Grandchild
  • Cameron Christensen, Grandchild
  • Sonnie Christensen-Lapomardo, Grandchild
  • Mallory Lawless, Great-Grandchild
  • Grant Lawless, Great-Grandchild
  • Daisy Lapomardo, Great-Grandchild
  • Brooklyn Vanlaffey, Great-Grandchild
  • Cindy Lawless, Daughter (deceased)
  • Leslie Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Nola Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Sidney Smith, Brother (deceased)
  • Marilyn Weyant, Sister (deceased)


16 June

Graveside Service

10:00 am

Clovis Cemetery

305 North Villa Avenue
Clovis, California 93612

16 June

Celebration of Life Service

11:30 am

Clovis Rodeo Grounds Banquet Hall

748 Rodeo Drive
Clovis, CA 93612


Judith Barkman

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June 10, 2021


Elaine Bell

June 10, 2021

I remember going out to the Smith ranch when I was a little girl with my mother, Ruth Bell. I always thought Judith was so pretty and had such a beautiful smile. Our moms were friends. I send prayers to Vern and the family and know God will keep them all in his living arms. Judith's with him now and will forever watch over her family from above. Blessings to all, Elaine Bell