Barbara Gene Mayfield (nee Keyser)
Barbara passed away December 23, 2021 at the age of 82 in Santa Maria, California
Survived by her sister Caroline Elam, of Scotts Valley, California, and nephews John Slover and Miles Elam, nieces Caroline Jean Hopper and Nicole Elam, cousin Mary Siemsen, step sons Ray and Scott Mayfield, and pets Avery (dog) and Thomas (cat). She was preceded in death by her husband, Neal Alan Mayfield, who passed away in 1996, her sister Julie Slover in 1999, and her parents.
She was the middle daughter of Robert Donald Keyser, and Hulda Braden Keyser.
Born in Sunbury Pennsylvania in January 1939, and raised in North Thumberland, Pennsylvania, she moved to California with her family in 1954. She graduated from Hubert Hoover High School in Glendale California. She attended John Robert Powers School for modelling. She worked for The Beverly Hills Citizen, formally Will Roger's newspaper. She also worked as a switch board operator for the telephone company, and for many years worked at Shell Oil as a Chief Telephone Operator. She retired from Shell Oil in 1986.
Barbara married Neal Mayfield in 1969. They were married for 27 years. They moved to NIpomo in 1987.
Barbara was very active in the community as part of Eastern Star, The Red Hats, the local bowling league, and her church, St. John's Lutheran Church of Arroyo Grande. She served as a voting precinct worker and enjoyed golfing and bowling.
Barbara liked music, she played the piano and the organ, she played the clarinet in her high school band, and played in the bell choir at her church.
To know Barbara was to know her kind heart but also her ascerbic humor and sharp tongue. She kept life-long friends and was always eager to make new friends. She may have saved every greeting card that anyone every sent her.
It was her wishes to have her ashes scattered at sea as were her husband Neal's. The memorial service is to be held on Saturday, February 19th at 11am, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 959 Valley Road, Arroyo Grande, California, 93420. The memorial will also be available live-streamed on-line, and a recording will also be available.
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