Ora R. Barlow 1915 ~ 2010

Ora Robison Barlow passed away peacefully on the morning of Sunday, December 12, 2010 in Clearfield, Utah. Ora was born in Meadow, Utah in a small log cabin (still standing) on July 17, 1915 to Henry Robison and Agnes Bushnell Robison. Ora was the second oldest in her family, which consisted of three brothers and one sister. She was raised in this small Utah town in the loving home of her maternal grandparents, Daniel and Susan Bushnell. Ora was a blond, active girl who loved to ride horses and enjoy the outdoors. She was an excellent student in school and spent many hours reading. Ora attended Millard High School in Fillmore, Utah. When Ora was 16 years old, she traveled to Salt Lake City where she met and worked in the home of Senator Wallace F. and Francis Bennett. She grew to love and deeply respect Mrs. Frances Bennett, a daughter of President Heber J. Grant. The summer of 1934 brought Ora to Clearfield with some of her friends, and they all took jobs at the Smith Canning Company. On July 4th, of that year, Ora first met Wilmer Stoker Barlow, who was working in his father's general store in Clearfield (which was located where the Barlow Furniture Company came to be). They dated one another the rest of that summer until the fall when Ora left to attend the Agricultural College (now Utah State University) in Logan. She had received a scholarship to attend college where she studied physical education and to become a dietitian. Wilmer had graduated the previous June in accounting from the University of Utah and, in the fall, he left to find a job in San Francisco. Throughout Ora's freshman year, Wilmer and Ora corresponded everyday between Logan and California. Wilmer returned to Utah the next summer, and they were engaged the following October 6, 1935. Ora and Wilmer married on Dec. 6, 1935 in Salt Lake City, Utah during the depression. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Their first month of marriage was spent in Clearfield. One month later they moved to Salt Lake City, where Wilmer got a job with an electric company and Ora worked in the home of Axel A. Madsen, another daughter of President Heber J. Grant. Ora and Wilmer moved back to Clearfield on June 6, 1936, which was also the date of the beginning of the Barlow Furniture Company, when Wilmer started selling washing machines in a corner of his father's general store. When World War II broke out in 1941 Wilmer had to go to war because he had been in the ROTC during college. At that time they had two children, Robert and Florianne, and Ora was expecting their third baby. Wilmer, Jr. was born March 22, 1942. His mission in life took only 3 1/2 months to perform and on July 12, of that year, he returned to live with his Heavenly Father. Throughout the war Ora and the two children traveled with Wilmer down to Texas and Mississippi until March of 1944 when Wilmer was sent overseas for 1 1/2 years. Once again their union was strengthened with letters going back and forth. While he was gone, Ora's time was spent taking care of their two children in Clearfield. Wilmer returned home from the war in September of 1945 and over the next six years they added three more children to their happy family, MarySue, James and Julian. Following the war, Wilmer resumed his furniture business as it continued to grow into a very prosperous business. Ora was a life long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has faithfully served in all organizations, especially the Relief Society, where she was the Clearfield Stake Relief Society President for six years. Ora was also active in civic affairs. She served as chairman of the State PTA, was a member of the Women's State Legislative Council, she worked for the Republican Party and served as a delegate to the Republican State Convention. Ora has remained faithful and devoted to her family, her community and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was a wonderful mother and very devoted to her husband. She was gentle and kind natured. Ora and Wilmer were planning a mission after his retirement, but those plans came quickly to a close on Dec. 25, 1981, after 46 years of marriage. He went on a special mission when he died suddenly of a heart attack on that memorable Christmas Day. Ora left on a mission herself in 1983 serving in the California Fresno Mission. With the help of the Lord and much hard work, she fulfilled a very rewarding and successful mission. Her life of service and devotion to the Lord has been depicted in every activity and cause by which she gave her very best. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers (Lincoln, Marvin, and Clark) and one sister (Rosa), husband (Wilmer), son (Wilmer, Jr.), son-in-law (Max Bessinger) and one great-grand-daughter (Lauren Noelle Allred). She is survived by five of her children: Robert Noel and Carita Barlow (Loveland, CO); Burton V. and Florianne McCullough (LaCanada, CA); MarySue Bessinger (Kaysville, UT); James Wilmer and Barbara Barlow (Clearfield, UT); and Julian Clark and Diane Barlow (Salt Lake City, UT). She is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 88 great-grand-children. Special thanks to all the great staff at Chancellor Gardens of Clearfield, where Ora has resided for the last 4 1/2 years. Also, special thanks to Alpine Hospice, especially Robert, for his kind and loving care and devotion to our mother. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 17, 2010 at 12:00 Noon at the Clearfield Stake Center, 935 South State Street, Clearfield, UT. Friends may call at the church Friday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment: Clearfield City Cemetery. Messages and tributes to the family can be posted at: www.holbrookmortuary.com