Dereatha E. Barlond

Dereatha Eleanor Barlond, 92, of Marshall passed away January 27, 2019 at Maplewood of Marshall Assisted Living Facility. Dereatha was born on July 15, 1926 in Detroit to Albert and Sarah (Byrne) Hansen. She graduated from Olivet High School, and after working briefly at Michigan State University, Dereatha married Doug Barlond on February 1, 1947 in Charlotte. They had six children and shared 67 years together before Doug’s passing in May of 2014.

Dereatha was a farm wife who devoted her time to raising the children, gardening, and baking for her family. She was involved with Boy Scouts and 4-H in Lee Township. Dereatha also worked at Albion Public Library as a library assistant, retiring in 1991. Dereatha enjoyed sewing, cross-stitching, and crafting. She loved celebrating everyone’s birthdays and very much enjoyed her grandchildren. After retiring, she sang in the choir at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshall and also enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers and Notre Dame football.

Dereatha is survived by her children, David (Donna) Barlond of Marshall, Bruce (Marty) Barlond of Dimondale, Fla., Brian (Regena) Barlond of Maryville, Ill., Teresa (Jeff) Fischer of The Plains, Ohio, Mark (Renee) Barlond of Marshall, and Laura Barlond-Maas of Olivet; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Sarah Hansen; and husband, Doug Barlond.

Visitation took place at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 Old US 27 North, Marshall Chapel on Friday, February 1, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m., with family present to greet friends at that time. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. Dereatha will be laid to rest in Bosworth Cemetery following the service.

Memorial contributions are requested to the Albion Public Library.

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