Barbara Annette Duron, 64, of Gold Hill, OR., passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at her home with her family.
She was born February 11, 1947, in Chula Vista, Calif. Barbara was one of ten children born to Richard and Mozella Johansen. She was raised in Rogue River, OR. In 1965 she married Jimmy Clark and moved to Grants Pass, OR., where their four children were raised. In 1995 she married Oscar Duron. For the past 16 years they lived together in Gold Hill, OR.
Barbara will be lovingly remembered as a dear wife, loving mother and grandmother, caring sister and a true friend to many. She cared deeply for her family and friends in a way that showed genuine kindness. Her kindness was reflected in the way that made others smile and feel good about themselves. She was a peace-maker and always put the needs of others ahead of her own. Whenever you spent time with Barbara you left the conversation feeling a connection with her and you knew you were not misunderstood. She loved a wide variety of music and working in her flower beds. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed sharing jokes, stories and insights with her family, friends and customers. Barbara was an extraordinary talented hair stylist, a true artisan. Her customers loved coming to her because she was in tune with what they really wanted and needed in their hair style as well as the way she made them feel. She was their friend, a listening ear, and an empathetic person with much understanding. She will be remembered as a beautiful, warm loving person who knew how to make people smile and laugh.
Her greatest joy and satisfaction came from her deep conviction and belief in her loving creator which was based on her belief in the Bible. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, Barbara was very zealous in helping others to learn from the Bible about God's loving purpose for mankind and earth. Barbara will be greatly missed.
Survivors include husband, Oscar Duron of Gold Hill, OR.; four children, Alana Semple of Rogue River, OR., Garren Clark, of Grants Pass, OR., Kevin Clark, of Chandler, AZ., and Derek Clark of Grants Pass, OR.; three step children, Lisa Denton of Eugene, OR., Jeff Duron of Gold Hill, OR., and Monique Goodwin of Pensacola, FL.; two brothers, Vern Johansen, of Brookings, OR., and Mel Johansen of Anchorage, AK; four sisters, Pat Moody, of Hemet, CA., Janice Johansen, Beverly Phelps, and Leah Girvin, all of Grants Pass, OR.; five grandchildren, Jaime Keene, of Jacksonville, OR., Austin Semple, of Rogue River, OR., Cassie, Dallas and Benjamin Clark, of Grants Pass, OR. Preceding her in death was father, Richard Johansen; mother, Mozella Johansen; and brothers, Walter, Arthur and Mike Johansen.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., November 5, 2011, at Gold Hill Kingdom Hall.