Sallie Sue McGuirk Barber
July 17, 1928 - June 6, 2016
Sallie was born July 17, 1928, in Portland, Oregon, to Walter and Lenore McGuirk, the second of four children Shirley, Tom and Terry. She attended Holy Child Catholic School and graduated from Lincoln High School. She was a member of the Chi Omega sorority at the University of Oregon, where she attended for two years. Ironically, it was after she had left Oregon that she met Dick Barber, a Navy veteran and member of the Beta house at Oregon. Somehow, he convinced her that he was the right guy for her, and they were married on July 24, 1954, while Dick attended Willamette Law School, and they made their home in Salem.
Dick and Sallie had five children, all of whom survive her: Rick Cheryl, Kimberly Ron Glass, Scott, David, and Lisa Mark Clemens. Sallie loved all five of her children, and their spouses as well, but had a special spot for her grandchildren: Josh and Zach Glass, Cody Barber, and Becca, Alex and Tori Barber.
But Sallie’s influence went far beyond her family. Each of her children and grandchildren can think of several of their friends who became Sallie’s “other” children—those who needed a bed, a meal, or just a hug. Whether at home in Salem or at Neskowin, the house was always full of what she called “extra bodies.” She would not have had it any other way.
Sallie was a peace-maker. At the death of her mother, when a family member alienated the rest of the family in the distribution of the estate, it was Sallie several years later, who extended the olive branch to that family member and helped heal the family. She was forever settling disputes between her five kids.
Sallie cared deeply for many causes, and invested many hours volunteering for organizations such as the March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Aid and the Assistance League of Salem.
In her later years, Sallie suffered from Alzheimer’s Dementia. There is no easy way to talk about that, is there? But she handled it with her usual grace and, if her stories became a little fanciful and the memories a little more distant, her wonderful humorous Irish way of telling the story made up for it.
Sallie is survived by her husband, Dick, her five children and spouses, and her grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Shirley and her brother, Tom, and their families.
We miss her terribly, but we take great delight in knowing that she is with her Savior, no doubt telling Him about her kids and grandkids. She is free of her disease, she is filled with joy, and there are no more tears.
A celebration of life will take place at Pringle Park community Center 606 Church St, Salem, on Wednesday, June 15 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Dress casual, as Sallie would have wanted it! The family would to ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org/donate.