My momma
Barbara Cleary
  • 74 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 10, 1937
  • Place of birth:
    San Francisco, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 12, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Terra Linda, California, United States
"The only courage that matters is the one that gets you from one moment to the next"

This memorial website was created in the memory of our mom, Barbara Cleary, 74, born on March 10, 1937 and passed away on October 12, 2011. We will miss her forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Robin Cleary on 12th October 2017

"It took me a few years, but I brought some of your remaining ashes to Spain and said goodbye on the beach you loved and set you out into the sea. Love and miss you always, Mom."

This tribute was added by Robin Cleary on 11th March 2017

"It's always comforting to see when my parents longtime friends share memories of them. Thanks Al, you were a good friend to both of them.

You would have been 80 today mom. I wish you were still here. I think of you all the time and miss our daily conversations and yearly mothers's day trips. Happy Birthday mama!!"

This tribute was added by Al Molina on 10th March 2017

"Time stands still when I get this reminder of beautiful memories from Barbara and related family and friends. It gives new meaning to the word, "nostalgia" when it reaches treasured moments, memories and feelings beyond our life cycle. It takes a special person like Barbara to make those moments, memories and feelings worth treasuring !"

This tribute was added by Robin Cleary on 12th October 2016

"Love you today and every day!  Sad to report that Phyllis died recently. Hopefully you and Chuck were there to greet her.  Miss you mama!!"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Ewing on 10th March 2016

"Time passes so quickly for me now.  I'm so grateful for the wonderful memories of days passed and the great friends I shared my life with.  How carefree we all were with so much ahead of us.  I wouldn't change a thing.  (Except wishing it would've lasted much longer.) Old friends never forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Al Molina on 10th March 2016

"Barbara's memory is so vivid that when I go to places like "Joe's of Westlake" or pass by our alma mater, Balboa High, I expect to see her, smiling and waving me to her. Or when I think of Bob or Chuck and Phyllis Ewing, I remember the great spirit of friendship that we shared. The old songs we sang in the car, on the way to a party, football game, dance or drive-in movie. Her memory is kept safe with me in a memory garden full of friends that we both shared."

This tribute was added by Robin Cleary on 10th March 2016

"Happy Birthday Mom!  I love you and miss you all the time.  You said I'd miss you when you were gone, you were right...but I always told you I missed you when you weren't around.  I wish you could have relaxed and enjoyed your visits here more.  Love you"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Ewing on 12th October 2015

"Barbara left a void in the hearts of all who loved her.  Knowing her is to never forget the beautiful person she was.  I'm so pleased to continue sharing memories of her with Robin knowing how devoted Barbara was to her children.  My world is a sadder place."

This tribute was added by pauline taini on 10th October 2015

"Barbara's Christmas card was always the first one i received. I'll never forget those home movies of your mom and dad right after they were married. She was a strong and beautiful woman."

This tribute was added by Robin Cleary on 9th October 2015

"Spent the day thinking about my mom, looking at photos so I added a few to her memorial.  I miss you mom!
Cancer sucks!  

If you stop by her memorial, please leave a note."

This tribute was added by Al Molina on 9th October 2015

"Barbara was a dear friend since High School days. We had fun together and I miss her to this day. Thank you for posting this Memorial !"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Ewing on 22nd October 2013

"Another sad year for me.  I cherish the memories of conversations and E-mails shared with Barbara often.  We didn't spend enough time together physically but her voice and laughter is still very clear in my head.  She was a beautiful and elegant woman and I feel honored to have known her and called her "Friend"."

This tribute was added by Phyllis Ewing on 14th March 2013

"Barbara is forever in my thoughts and will be always until I join her and my dearest love, Chuck."

This tribute was added by Phyllis Ewing on 15th March 2012

"Chuck and I miss our friend Barbara.  A lasting peace for her but a great sadness for us."

This tribute was added by Tyler Cleary on 10th March 2012

"Happy Birthday Mama.  I will be raising a Glass to you tonight."

This tribute was added by Robin Cleary on 10th March 2012

"Happy Birthday today mama!  I miss you everyday."

This tribute was added by Deborah Jude-York on 20th November 2011

"I'm still really processing the loss of Barbara, she was such a beautiful woman and wonderful friend. We worked together many years ago at Kaiser and remained friends in the many years since then. She will always be in my heart, a treasure forever. I will remember the laughter and joy that always was her even during difficult times."

This tribute was added by JoAnn Nelson on 20th November 2011

"Barbara was a dear friend who touched my life for over 30 years. She was supportive and kind. The best kind of friend. She had extraordinary good taste. I relied on her counsel for everything from clothes purchases to decorating decisions.
I miss her everyday."

This tribute was added by Tom Cleary on 18th November 2011

"Barbara, Tom and I  will miss traveling with you and spending New Years eve with you and Tony. It is still so hard to believe you are really gone, I think of you all the time. We will truly miss you, our love forever, Madge and Tom"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Ewing on 31st October 2011

"Scott, Tyler and Robin: Chuck and I were honored to count Barbara as our dear and long-time friend.  Her grace and strength was admirable.  We will miss sharing the stories of our lives and her cheerful and sunny laughter.  May the memories of your Mother give you peace.  We will miss her."

This tribute was added by Donna Cleary on 30th October 2011

"You were a wonderful grandmother and mother-in-law.  You are loved and missed."

This tribute was added by Jean Williams on 30th October 2011

"Robin, Tyler, and sorry I didn't know that she had lost the fight. I remember your mom as she appears in her photos, a beautiful, classy lady, full of fun and life. She contributed greatly to the wonderful people that you all have become. May you never feel far from her loving embrace."

This tribute was added by Al Molina on 29th October 2011

"I am totally shocked at the passing of my close childhood friend whose friendship lasted through the years. I will remember her as she wanted , with a smile on her face and a belly laugh for my corny jokes. "Love you, Barbara!""

This tribute was added by Corinne Rutner-Afanasieff on 28th October 2011

"Scott, Tyler, Robin,
Your mom's passing was such a shock and hit so close to home. You three are so strong. I can only imagine the strength and courage your mom had.
Now you have two guardian angels paving your life paths."

This tribute was added by ginger lapid-bogda on 28th October 2011

"Barbara, with whom I worked at Kaiser-Permanente years ago, was one of the most lovely people and helpful I've known. Please accept my heartfelt wishes and fond memories."

This tribute was added by Scott Cleary on 28th October 2011

"Tyler, Robin, and I were talking about our fond memories of Mom.  I shared with them how much I loved the one on one time I had with her.  When I had braces as a kid we would visit the orthodontist once a month.  She would pick me up from school and we would drive into The City.  Part of the trip always included two stops- Doggie Diner and Cost Plus Imports.  Miss you Mom!"

This tribute was added by Marilyn (& Tom) Mulkeen on 26th October 2011

"My "story" about Barbara is simply that she was a loving & caring dear friend.  We met thru our husbands 40+ yrs ago & became instant friends.  Her humor & laughter won me over.  Spent a lot of good times w/family....memories that still make me smile.  A fine tribute to her is the beautiful legacy she left in the world via her charming daughter, sons & families.  Proud she was of y'all."

This tribute was added by Robin Cleary on 24th October 2011

"Mom showed a great deal of courage and strength in her fight with cancer.  While she may not have done it the in a way that her friends understood, she did it her way.  I think she wanted to be remembered for the smiling friend that you all knew and loved rather than sick & frail"

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