Barbara J. Dier, 76, Clayton

CLAYTON, NY —  Barbara J. Dier, 76, Clayton, passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 28, 2021, at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, surrounded by her loving family.

Barb was born Jan. 28, 1945, in Watertown, the daughter of the late George W. and Lula Hutton Fox, she graduated in 1962 from Clayton Central School and received her Associates degree in 1964 from Cazenovia College, graduating Cum Laude. She was active in school government at Cazenovia.

On March 28, 1964, she married Grant E. “Bud” Dier, Jr. at the Clayton Baptist Church.

She worked as a secretary for Dr. Heady from 1964 to 1968.

In 1970 she began her career with Grant E. Dier, Inc., where she was a licensed insurance agent and the corporation secretary.

Barb was an active member of Clayton Baptist Church, currently River Community Church. She was choir director, on the Deacon Board, past Treasurer, a member of the Fellowship and Pastoral Search Committees, and the Grief and Funeral Ministry. She was a member of the American Baptist Women and Ladies Golf League. Barb enjoyed gardening, sewing, and especially her grandchildren.

Along with her husband, Barb is survived by her two daughters, Darlene S. (H. Robert Jr.) VanWie and Marcia L. (Allen R.) Sherman, all of Clayton; five grandchildren, R. J. (Andrea) Sherman, Megan (Ryan)  Kendall, Kelsey (Michael) Schepis II, Jason (Alexandra) VanWie, and Karly J. Sherman; four great grandchildren; brother Ronald G. (Dawn M.) Fox, Reading, PA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A sister and her husband, Korleen S. and Patrick J. Marshall, died before her.

Calling hours will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at River Community Church, Clayton. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. at the church with Pastor Sara Flack presiding.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

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Donations in her name may be made to River Community Church, 38844 Bartlett Point Rd., Clayton, NY 13624.