Born:July 27, 1940

Passed Away:February 2, 2013

Location:Phoenix, Arizona

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Barbara Nell (Boyd) Bone

Barbara Nell (Boyd) Bone, age 72, passed away on February 2, 2013.  She was born on July 27, 1940 in Grandfield, Oklahoma, daughter of Jally and Lucy Boyd.  She attended elementary and high schools in Lawton and Faxon, Oklahoma and graduated from Yuma Union High School in Yuma, Arizona in 1958.  Barbara and Jerald Bone met on August 24, 1957.  They were married 54 years until her death.  They moved from Yuma to Phoenix, Arizona in January 1966.  She is preceded in death by her parents Jally and Mary Lucy Boyd, her sisters Edythe Anderson, Dorothy Potts and brothers George, Louis and Weldon.  She was an active member of North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix from 1966 to 1997.  She worked with pre-school children for several years and has been a member of First Southern Baptist Church at Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale for many years.  Barbara was a very talented painter.  Several of her oil paintings are hanging on the walls of their home in Glendale.  She is survived by her husband Jerald; daughter Tonya (Bone) Best; son Jeffrey and daughter-in-law Cindy (Atwell) Bone; two (2) sisters Hazel Fitzsimmons of Heber, AZ, Mary Lou Bone and brother-in-law, James H. Bone of Glendale, AZ; two (2) grandsons Chad Best and wife Charity and Brandon Bone and wife Amanda; three (3) granddaughters, Heather (Best) Engebrethsen and husband Lars, Brittany (Bone) Smith and husband Dustin, and Mary Bone; Five (5) great-grandchildren, Cameron Bone, Vannah Caumeran, Aiden Smith, Avery and Brody Best; several cousins, nieces and nephews living in Oklahoma and Arizona; nephew Anthony, wife Diana Bone, son Jimi and daughter Gracie of Peoria, AZ; niece Kim (Bone) Cott, husband Jordan and daughter Reily of Phoenix, AZ.  Private burial services will be in Lakeside, AZ.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Valley or First Southern Baptist Church at Sahuaro Ranch.

Funeral Service

February 9, 2013 @ 11:00 a.m. First Southern Baptist Church at Sahuaro Ranch Glendale, Arizona



February 8, 2013 @ 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Best Funeral Services 9380 West Peoria Avenue Peoria, Arizona 85345 623-486-1955


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7 Memories to “Barbara Nell (Boyd) Bone”

  1. Tonya Best says:

    I will always love you forever. Thank you for being the greatest mother here on earth. We will take care of Dad as we all begin this new chapter in our life. We know you are watching over us and preparing for us to meet again. We rejoice as you are no longer in pain . Over the past 2 days I have experienced only positive memories and beautiful sweet thoughts of your love for the lord, your beautiful smile and kindness and how you always took care of everyone. You were the best as a friend, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Aunt, niece, sister, sister in law and the list goes on and on. You will be missed deeply by all. Your loving daughter Tonya

  2. Phyllis Woodall says:

    Barbara was like a sister to me. We had alot of fun growing up together even tho we were poor, we would haul off Mrs. Bakers cans in order to get money to buy us a pop or a candy bar, we would buy my mom a RC pop also. We made mud pies, played paper dolls,cut out of a catalog,played cars with glass bottles,double dated ,walked on a barrel and alot of other things. I will always remember her smile, for the last two years I called her even tho she most likely had forgotten who I was. I will miss her. Her niece Phyllis

  3. Lou Bone says:

    After we grew up, Barbara became more than a sister to me. She was my best friend, cousin by marriage, confidante, advisor, sometimes interior decorator, and card-playing opponent. She, Jerald, Jim and I played various card games for so many years that it didn’t matter who won or lost; for we were all winners for having spent the time together. Barbara, save a mansion for me next door to you.

    Love, Lou

  4. Kim Cott says:

    I remember her sense of humor, her “Edith Ann” impression, her beautiful smile and twinkle in her eye when she talks to you. I would stay the night sometimes at Barbara and Jerald’s as a little kid. It was always alot of fun for me. We got to eat ‘sugar’ cereal in the morning. She played paper dolls with me too which apparently was something she did as a kid.
    I will miss you. Love, Kimbie

  5. Jenny Vallo says:

    After my mom passed away at age 15, I was devastated with no direction. Barbara and Jerald took on a huge responsibility and gave Ronnie and I a loving home. Barbara was a generous, loving, caring, and a compassionate person, always smiling. I took my first vacation to Yuma with them passing through the sand dunes and thought I was on top of the world. Coming from Faxon, I had never seen anything like that before. I have so many fond memories of my living with Barbara and Jerald. Barbara taught me to be a lady and gave me the direction I needed to become successful in life. Without the love , support and guidance from Barbara when I was young, I would not have fulfilled my dream of becoming a nurse. I will miss her beautiful smile I carry the same middle name as you, because you named me NELL. I love you and will miss you. I know you are in the hands of the Lord and we will all be together again. Love, Jenny

  6. Leslie Diecks says:

    When we all get to heaven,
    What a day of rejoicing that will be!
    When we all see Jesus,
    We’ll sing and shout the victory!

  7. Stephanie D Thornburg says:

    I find it amazing but funny in a good way that my sister, Leslie Diecks has wrote the song “When we all get to heaven.” I have been sing that song ever sence I learn of her passing.
    My Aunt Barbara was like a second mother to me. Since our mother, Carolyn died. Aunt Barbara would call me in Ash Fork just to check to see if we were alright. Aunt Barbara and Uncle Jerald made sure my mother had a place to stay while I was having surgeries and when mom was so sick. Aunt Barbara was not afraid to take care of her huge family the inlaws and the outlaws. Their house and Love just grew. When I had my son Aunt Barbara brought Grandma to see me. Aunt Barbara and my mother are in heaven singing. Leslie and I are hearing it. No more worries Aunt Barbara. Leslie and I are here to take care of the family. Tonya and Jeff and Uncle Jerald will be alright. Lots of Love, Hugs, and Kisses, Stephanie

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