Magdeline Meta Demke Barraclough "Welcome Home Mag"

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Magdeline Meta Demke Barraclough, 92, passed peacefully at home from natural causes on February 12, 2011. Surrounded by her four loving children, our devoted mother, grandmother, great-grand-mother and great-great-grand-mother quietly left us to join her beloved husband, who had preceded her in death 22 years before, to begin the final phase of their eternal journey together.She was born October 11, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Ernest F.K. Demke and Meta Matilda Zighan Demke. The second of three daughters in a family of 11 children, she learned early in life the importance of and the satisfaction in strong familial ties, a lesson that served her and her progeny well throughout her long life. She attended South High School but put her formal education aside to go to work to assist in the support of her family after the Great Depression, an early but impressive example of her willingness to sacrifice her desires for the good of others. She married Roy B. Barraclough on June 5, 1940 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They had four children, Roy, Diane, Linda Lee, and Mark. Early in her youth and continuing throughout her life, she pursued many interests, chief among which were her love of music, her appreciation for the out of doors, and her devoted activity in her church. She and her two sisters, Grace and Evelyn, comprised the Demke Trio, a much sought-after vocal group which performed throughout the region at many functions and events. But even after the sisters married and went their separate ways, she was never very far from a piano, a choir, or a conductor's baton. She also loved being in the great outdoors, and took particular pride in regularly catching more fish that anyone else in the group whenever she was on such an outing. Grandma was also appreciated by her younger fans for her baking skills, especially her lemon meringue pie and her "doll" birthday cakes. She was a lover of beautiful flowers and an accomplished quilter, taking pride in the fact that most every one of her 18 grandkids, 50 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren received a beautiful quilt at birth. Her love of the gospel was exemplified throughout her life. She was an avid temple attendee and served temple missions in Germany and Las Vegas. She taught in every auxiliary of the LDS church and filled numerous administrative callings. She is survived by her four children, their spouses and families, and her sister, Evelyn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy B. Barraclough, her parents, Ernest Demke and Meta Demke, and her siblings Esther, Otto, Hyrum, Ernie, Eddy, David, Wilford, Joseph, and Grace. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the Millcreek 8th Ward LDS Chapel at 4600 South and 600 East in Murray, UT. Viewings are planned for Friday evening, February 18, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Battlecreek 6th LDS Ward Chapel at 825 So. Loader Drive (1000 East), Pleasant Grove, UT, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Millcreek 8th Ward prior to the service on Saturday. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences: