Barbara Malone


Barbara Ann (Pickar) Malone was born to John “Ed” and Ann Irene (Wyatt) Pickar on December 25, 1927 in Wadena, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Ann’s Parish in Wadena, and passed away on December 17, 2021 at Perham Living, at the age of 93.

Barbara graduated from Wadena High School in 1945 and furthered her education at a nursing school in Fargo, ND. She met a handsome Irishman and soon returned to Wadena.

On August 27, 1946, Barbara was united in marriage to Maurice Richard Malone at St. Ann’s. They eventually made their home on a farm southwest of Wadena. Their union was blessed with 13 children and 47 years of oneness.

Barbara was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. For many years, growing a big garden, raising children in kindness, and supporting the family farm was her life routine. Time with family always brought joy and meaning to her life. Adventures of fishing and camping trips, special celebrations for grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as gathering for the holidays was her delight.

Barbara enjoyed sharing her talents with those around her. She was a member of the Wadena Garden Club. She was fond of knitting, creating treasured items for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Barb was a talented painter and created detailed winter scenes on Christmas bulbs that she gave as gifts. Through the years, Barbara worked at Homecrest Industries, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, and the Wadena Highway Department, retiring in 1996.

Preceding Barbara in death was her dear husband Maurice and one preborn child; parents; siblings: Carolyn Almack, Bill Pickar, and John Pickar; daughter-in-law Judy Malone; numerous preborn grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and many in-laws.

She is survived by her 13 children: Richard (Mary Jane) Malone, Deer Creek; Dennis (Debbie) Malone, New York Mills; Catherine Belmont (Jim Schulte), Ottertail; Jean (Gary) Glass of Richville, Michael Malone, New York Mills; Donald (Ellen) Malone, Wasilla, AK; Gregory (Mary) Malone, Wadena; Susan (Roger) Altstadt, Perham; Eileen (Louis) Westland, Perham; Mary (Allen) McKay, Devils Lake, ND; David (Janet) Malone, New York Mills; Ronald (Eileen) Malone, Wadena; and Carolyn (David) Holecek, Thief River Falls. As well as 59 grandchildren,115 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, and extended family members.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Wadena, MN. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Wadena.