Ernestine Jean Barnard Cleary

Published 11:18 am Monday, November 23, 2020

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Mrs. Ernestine Jean Barnard Cleary, 93, of Mocksville, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 after a short stay at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.

She was born July 28, 1927 in Iredell County to the late James Phillip and Octavia Friesland Barnard. Mrs. Cleary was a lifelong resident of the Sheffield community. She had worked at Monleigh Garment Co. for more than 40 years as a supervisor. After retirement, she enjoyed gardening and baking. She loved the Lord, attending church, and reading her Bible; these were all important parts of her life. In her 93 years, she attended several churches. After Zion Church closed, she attended Mocksville Wesleyan United Methodist Church and then Salem United Methodist Church.

She was also preceded in death on Jan. 28, 2014, by her husband of 69 years, Ray Cleary; a brother, Charlie Barnard; and a sister, Isabelle Galliher.

Survivors: her daughter, Jean Cleary (Bill), her caregivers since Ray’s death; a sister, Thelma Chambers (Lendon) of Hamptonville; a sister-in-law, Patricia Cleary of Charlotte; many nieces and nephews; special nephew, Larry Galliher (Becky); special friends, Richie, Stacia and Salem Parker.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Zion Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Swisher officiating. At the request of the family, be mindful of social distancing and wear face covering.  The family invites friends to come by Lambert Funeral Home, Tuesday, Nov.18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., to pay respects.  Due to Covid, there will not be a formal receiving line.

Memorials: Zion Cemetery Fund, c/o Jean Cleary, 1506 Sheffield Road, Mocksville.