Barbara Fae Mills Clayton
Barbara Fae Mills Clayton was born on October 3, 1950 in Athens, Greece where her father was stationed as a Naval officer. Her name Barbara is derived from the Greek, Vavara and when Greek people saw her with her blond hair and green eyes, they would call her “ Varvarike” and want to touch her hair. She returned to the U.S. as a toddler, living in Florida, Virginia, and finally California. After a short stint at NAF El Centro, the family settled in San Diego. Barbara attended upper elementary grades, junior high and graduated from Madison High School in 1968. After a year at Mesa Jr. College and working part time for Sears, Barbara transferred to Texas Woman's University. She was aiming for a degree in Business and a goal of returning to San Diego and becoming a division manager at Sears. Three years later, graduating with a double major in business and English literature, she did just that! Eventually she went on to similar positions at May Co. and more than 20 years with Ford Motor credit, retiring in 2012. As much as Barbara loved her career, she had a lot of other interests and hobbies as well. From a very young age, she was an avid reader, usually being the most well-read person in the room! She also loved music and dancing, especially to Mowtown, Frank Sinatra, and the Rock music from the 60s and 70s. Barbara could often be seen attending concerts of favorite bands and groups she enjoyed in Las Vegas and here at home. Las Vegas was a favorite destination, as was San Francisco.
Barbara is survived and dearly missed by her two daughters, Rachel Clayton of San Diego, Rebecca Clayton Linsalato (Mike) of Chesapeake, Va., sister Pamela Mills-Morita (Dennis); grandchildren, James and Bella, nephews Barry Willis, Jordan Morita and niece Denise Morita. She is pre-deceased by her daughter Jessica, Ed Fall, and her parents Jim and Grace Mills.
Because Barbara was such a caring and loyal friend herself, she attracted great friends. Always willing to help her family and friends, they were here for her during her battle with cancer this last year. Many thanks and much love to Laura, Joey, Jan and Randy. Her Doctors at Kaiser, especially Dr. Zimmerman and the staff at Kaiser hospice for all their compassion and help.
Barbara passed away September 29, 2020 at home with loved ones around her.
She is a beloved daughter, sister, mother, ya ya, friend and so much more
to those of us who loved and cherish her. She wore so many different hats in this life, beautifully. As our dad used to tell us in Greek “polioreyo” -beautiful!
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Oct. 11, 2020.