Barbara was born June 12, 1940, in Disco, Mich. and had resided in Dexter all her life. She had worked for Dexter Hospital, Lucas Florist, and most recently was a decorator for Health Systems Inc.
On May 1,1964, she was married to Don Gard, who survives at home. Two sons also survive, Steven and wife, Kristen, of Naperville, Ill., and Darrin and wife, Crystal, of Dothan, Ala.; also four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by three sisters, Judy Lincoln and husband Jim, Patty Greene and husband Jim, and Norma Crane and husband Gary; one brother, Ron Atherton and wife Judi; her stepmother, Melba Atherton and step-brother, David Smith, and many other relatives and friends.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Lillian Atherton, and by one brother, Marion Dwain Atherton.
Visitation will be at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 11 a.m until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Funeral services will then be conducted at 2 p.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Greg McGhee officiating. Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.