Barbara Kitchen Obituary

Barbara I. Kitchen
Barbara I. Kitchen

October 27, 1922 - February 1, 2013
Resided in Bingham Farms, MI
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Barbara Kitchen was born on October 27, 1922 in Providence, Rhode Island. She was the only child of John and Barbara Taylor Clerihew (Jackson) who came from Aberdeen, Scotland. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan and Barbara attended Mackenzie High School, where she met the love of her life, Donald Kitchen. She attended two years of Business School and was employed at Traveler's Insurance Company as a bookkeeper.

Don and Barbara married in Dearborn on October 2, 1943, while Don was on a 10-day from the US Coast Guard during World War II. After his service Don joined his father, Charles Kitchen, in the family home building business. Don and Barbara settled in Detroit, then Dearborn, and were blessed with four daughters Jean, Nancy and Barbara Ann and Lynda.

In 1961, the Kitchen family moved to Bloomfield Hills where Don built their house on Chalmers Lake. Barbara enjoyed the beauty of the nature that surrounded her, and watched the wildlife each morning as she read her devotions.

She was a longtime member of Kirk in the Hills, served as a Deacon, Elder, and devoted participant of the Prayer Cordon. She also volunteered for over 25 years at William Beaumont Hospital's gift shop and was active in Charity League.

She welcomed her son-in laws into the family circle and was thrilled to be a grandmother of 14 and great grandmother of 12! They all have fond memories of family events, birthdays, vacations, swimming, fishing, picnics, ping pong and paddle ball games, Easter egg hunts and especially the Christmas Eve celebration at Grandma's and Papa's house.

Barbara and Don enjoyed life in many ways. They loved music, dancing, dining out, and sports. They were avid Wolverine, Red Wing, Tiger and Lions fans. Their love of travel took them all around the world but their favorite spot was at their Hillsboro Beach condominium in Florida.

Her faith remained strong after she lost her beloved Don in 1993. She lived in the house that "Don built" for the last 19 years and recently moved into Arden Court, a memory care community.

She died peacefully at Beaumont Hospital with her family surrounding her. We are reassured through our faith that she is now "Home" in the house that God built. We will remember her sharp mind, great sense of humor, generosity, strong faith, and twinkling blue eyes. Barbara cherished her family, faith and friends and taught us all that: "EVERY DAY IS A GIFT"

Wife of the late Donald C. Dear mother of Jean Gorning (Donald), Nancy Janz Clark (James), Barbara Francek (David) and Lynda Byer (Timothy). Also survived by 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Mother-in-law of the late Richard Janz.

Family will receive friends Friday 4-8p.m. at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 W. Long Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills. Funeral service Saturday 12noon at church.

Memorial tributes to:
Kirk in the Hills
1340 W. Long Lake Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Cuyahoga County Board of Disabilities in honor of her grandson Matthew Gorning
Rocky River Adult Activities Center
1275 Lakeside Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44114
Attn: Lulu Robertson

Breast Care Program at the University of Michigan
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Office of Medical Development
1000 Oakbrook Drive Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104




Kirk in the Hills
1340 W. Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI US 48302
Friday, February 8, 2013
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kirk in the Hills
1340 W. Long Lake Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI US 48302
Saturday, February 9, 2013
12:00 PM
Oakview Cemetery
1032 North Main Street
Royal Oak, MI US 48067
Saturday, February 9, 2013


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