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Barbara Cairns-Elder

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Barbara Cairns-Elder


Age 48; died June 20, 2014; born November 1, 1965 in Lansing, MI to Glenn and Alvera (Demo) Cairns.  Barbara was married to David Elder on July 29, 1989.  She was an animal lover and rescuer, volunteering much of her time actively crusading for the protection of animal rights.  Barbara loved to feed the deer, rabbits and squirrels and enjoyed the simple pleasures of nature and quiet settings.  She loved her dogs, Jessie, Kara and Lulu and enjoyed socializing with family and friends as well as traveling up North.  Preceded in death by her brother, David Cairns.  Surviving are her husband, David; her parents; brothers, Jim (Elfi), Bob, Pete (Kathy), Andy, and Tom (Wendy); and loving nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, June 25, 1:00 PM at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912 with Rev. Dick Preston officiating.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  Private interment will be in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Williamston, MI.  Those desiring may make contributions to Capitol Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906 in memory of Barbara. 

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Published in Lansing State Journal on June 22, 2014
Barbara S. Cairns-Elder
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Arrangements under the direction of:
Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes
900 East Michigan Ave | Lansing, MI 48912 | (517) 482-1533
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