Arlene Joyce (Buist) Barnard

March 24, 1930February 21, 2021

Arlene Joyce (Buist) Barnard, age 90, fell asleep in the arms of her family and awoke in the arms of her Savior on Sunday, February 21, 2021.

She is survived by her children, Jo Anne and Dean Larsen, Jerry and Charlene Barnard, Jack and Darla Barnard, Kay and William Mikrut, Marvin and Mary Barnard, daughter-in-law, Rebecca DeJong, 26 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Arlene is also survived by her siblings, Harold Buist, Leon J. Buist PhD, sister-in-law, Doris VandenBerg and brother-in-law, Donald (Miriam) Barnard.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Ervin Barnard, her infant daughter, Barbara, her son, Steven, infant granddaughters, Theresa Mikrut and Magdalena Barnard, sister-in-law, Joanne Buist, sister, Marilyn Lunger, brother-in-law, James Lunger and her parents.

Arlene drove a school bus for 8 years. She went to college at the age of 40 and was a nurse for 25 years. She played piano/organ in church for 60 years, taught Sunday school for 40 years and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Visitation and Funeral Service will remain private at this time, for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to a missionary of your choice.


  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021


Memories and condolences

Bring comfort and tell the story of your loved one’s lifetime. Leave a memory, tell a favorite story or share a kind word or condolence.

receive updates

when friends and family add new memories


for sharing memories and condolences