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Deacon, Barbara Ruth (Key)
79, of Mesa, AZ passed away surrounded by family November 20, 2015. She was born at home in Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan on February 25, 1936 to Owen R. and Ruth W. (McCollom) Key. The family eventually settled in Sylvan Lake where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in Keego Harbor, Michigan. Barbara completed her formal education, specializing in accounting, at Mesa Community College and Indiana University. Barbara resettled her family to Mesa, Arizona 46 years ago in 1969, pursuing a long and successful professional career in accounting. She was well known for her longtime passion for family genealogy research, extensively documenting her family's extended family trees and helping others with their research. Her favorite past times also included ferrying grandkids to and from school, attending their events and a long line of pet dogs. Barb was predeceased by her parents Owen R. and Ruth W. Key, and brother Bob (Robert) O. Key. She is survived by her three children, Ruth Ann, Gregg, and James Deacon, six grandsons, DJ (Donald), Cullen, Cody (Janée), Aaron (Afton), Christopher, and LJ (Loren) Deacon, one great grand daughter Harley Rose, sister-in-law Marilyn, and her faithful dog Alex. Service will be Friday December 11, 11:00am at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1430 N. Grand, Mesa, AZ 85201 followed by interment at Mesa Cemetery.


Published in The Arizona Republic from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2015
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