Constance Poulos Barkley
December 25, 1930 – November 15, 2019
Connie Barkley died Friday, November 15th, at the age of 88. She was born in Ely, Nevada on December 25th, 1930, daughter of Ekaterina and James Poulos, who immigrated to the US in 1914 and settled in McGill, Nevada.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bill, her sisters Fannie, Teka, and Kathryne; and her brothers Pete and Walter.
Of her wonderful siblings, Connie is survived by her youngest sister, Tessie Carlson of Lander, Wyoming. She is also survived by her daughter, Erin Davis and husband Phil, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; and her son, Casey Barkley, of Frisco, Texas. Connie, or their Yaya, leaves four cherished grandchildren: Andrew Davis, Connor Davis, Ryan Barkley and Lindsay Barkley. With her large Greek family, Yaya leaves behind many nieces and nephews who carry on her proud cultural heritage.
A graduate of White Pine High School in Ely, Nevada, Connie began her career at Kennecott Copper Corporation, where she met her husband Bill. After Bill gathered the courage to court the beautiful new secretary, they were married in 1956 and couldn’t wait to start their family, with Erin being born a year later. As Bill built his successful mining career, the young Barkley family moved from Nevada to Arizona to North Carolina and finally to Pennsylvania. Some of her fondest years were spent in Kearny, Arizona, where she enjoyed a vibrant social life, weekly rounds of golf with dear friends and an active membership with the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Despite these hobbies, her true devotion was her family and her two kids. She attended every 4H horse show, Boy Scouts, rodeo, and sporting event that Erin and Casey participated in and encouraged them both to follow their dreams wherever they led. After Bill’s passing, she moved to Houston, traveled widely, elevated her commitment and love for the game of golf and developed a deep and unique bond with her partner-in-crime and fellow mother-in-law, Sue Davis, especially through many memorable trips across Southeast Asia.
Her quick wit, passion for good-natured troublemaking and adventure, and deep affection for her family will be greatly missed. Her two children and four grandchildren know that they are her greatest legacy and promise to love each other as deeply as she did.
In lieu of flowers, Connie would be most appreciative of a donation to the National MS Society, which she has generously supported for several decades since her son’s diagnosis. Donations may be made through Connie’s grandson Connor’s Texas MS 150 fundraising page or directly to the MS Society.
Online condolences may be made at: www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com
- Connor’s Texas MS 150 fundraising page
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Constance Poulos Barkley
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November 21, 2019
What a blessing to have known Connie!!! Such an inspirational woman. Her Gateway Family will always remember her and cherish the memories of our time with her.
November 20, 2019
Connie was an outstanding woman with a heart of gold. I shared many precious moments with her while she was at Gateway. One of my favorites was watching golf with her. When Connie would go on her outings she would wear a big sun hat that would almost swallow her up and these big dark diva sunglasses. She was a woman with serious class. In her old photos, I couldn't help but look at her as if she were a famous movie star. She reminded me of Audrey Hepburn. She shared many memories of her husband with me and I treasure the time I got to know her. She will be missed so much by all who knew and loved her.