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the Obituary of Barbara Jean Muelrath

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Barbara Jean Muelrath
11 Apr 1935 – 10 Mar 2024

Barbara Jean Muelrath Obituary

The world lost a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Barbara Muelrath, who died peacefully on March 10, 2024. She was born on April 11, 1935 in Los Angeles, California,

Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Keith, her mother Clara, and her only sibling and beloved brother, Robert “Bob”. Barbara lost her beloved husband Ken in 2019, after 65 years of marriage. Also preceding her in death in 2010 was her loving son, David Muelrath.

Barbara is survived by her loving children Keith Muelrath (Corinne), Marty Muelrath (Sierra), Melissa Mihos (Ron), Phil Muelrath (Ellie), Paul Muelrath and daughter-in-law, Krista Muelrath. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as many beloved foster children that she and Ken raised over the years. She leaves behind her sister-in-law Alyce, brother-in-law Gary, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Barbara lived in El Monte, California until she was 11 years old and then her family eventually moved to Modesto, California. Barbara was an active teen, participating in choir, the bowling team, basketball, volleyball, and softball. In her senior year she was captain of the Drill Team.

Barbara met her husband, Kenneth Muelrath, in high school and they were married on July 18, 1953. They lived in Modesto, moved to Santa Rosa and then finally ended up in Yreka, California. Barbara worked for several years at the United States Forest Service as the Information Officer. She was honored for her successes and received many awards.

Barbara and Ken loved to travel. In 2000, they moved to Green Valley, Arizona for an adventure of a lifetime. Her favorite adventures were visiting the ruins and she especially loved Canyon de Chelly National Monument. At one point, she and Ken became Camp Hosts at Lake of the Woods in the White Mountains out of Payson, Arizona. An adventurer at heart, Barbara lived a full life and will be dearly missed.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Girdner Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Girdner Funeral Chapel, with interment following at the Fort Jones Cemetery.
source: Girdner Funeral Chapel


Friday, March 15, 2024

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Girdner Funeral Chapel
202 S. Oregon St.
Yreka, CA 96097

Funeral Service

Saturday, March 16, 2024


Girdner Funeral Chapel
202 S. Oregon St.
Yreka, CA 96097

Final Resting Place

Fort Jones Cemetery
Eastside Road
Fort Jones, CA 96032

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