Printed on: October 04, 2012

Local woman turns 100


OLIVE CHRISTENSEN BARCLAY 100th, Oct. 5, 1912: Our amazing mother, Olive Christensen Barclay, will be 100 years old Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. We will be celebrating this event with her from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Moreland LDS church, 740 W. 175 North in Blackfoot. We invite all family, friends and neighbors to share this remarkable occasion with her.

Olive was born Oct. 5, 1912, the second of nine children to Nephi and Laura Christensen. She attended grade school in Wapello, graduated from eighth grade at the Wicks Country School, then graduated from Blackfoot High School. She attended college at the Southern Branch in Pocatello, where she earned a Jr. College Diploma in education.

She married LeRoi Barclay on June 11, 1935, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They were married just short of 68 years until he passed away May 25, 2003.

She has been an involved member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her entire life. She especially enjoyed the 8-year-old Primary classes she taught for many years and treasures the 16 years that she and LeRoi served in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.

LeRoi and Olive devoted their lives to seven children: Jean Wallin of American Fork, Utah; twins, VeLoi (deceased after 24 hours of life) and LeRoi Jr. (deceased at age 37); Laura Stone of West Valley City, Utah; Carol (Wayne) Minor of Hemet, Calif.; and Kathleen (Dean) Brown of Riverside and Bryan (Julie), also of Riverside. Nancy Johnsen of Salt Lake City was married to the late LeRoi Jr. Olive has 29 grandchildren, 85 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Loving, sharing, serving and working have filled every moment of each day. Perhaps those are her secrets to living such a long, rewarding life. Many comment on how amazing our sweet mother is, a "lovely lady," an inspiration to us all.

Happy birthday, Mom!