Official Obituary of

Margaret (Newson) Barkley

February 11, 1942 ~ March 8, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Margaret Barkley Obituary

Margaret Barkley, age 82, passed away on March 8, 2024 at Boulder Park Nursing Home in Charlevoix, MI.

She was born February 11, 1942 in Petoskey, the daughter of George and Jennie Newson.

Margaret and her late husband, Richard, fostered over 100 children throughout the years. The family wishes to let those children (now adults) know that she always loved them dearly and never forgot any of them, no matter how short their time together was.

She was a fierce U of M football fan, making sure to find her team anytime they were on TV. She also loved birds and spent many hours feeding and watching them. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Above all, she loved her family deeply and we are beyond blessed to have called her ours.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents; sister Betty Gage; infant daughter Debbie Powers; husband Richard Barkley; and stepson Robert Barkley. 

She is survived by 7 siblings, MaryJo (the late Glen) Morse, Karen (the late George) Sobeck, George (Linda) Newson, Pat (Ed) Barsalou, William Newson, Jim Newson, and Cindy Newson; 6 children, Ron (Diane) Powers, Mike (Nancy) Powers, Diane Dixon, Steve Powers (Marcy Aaron), Darlene (Bryan) Hughey, and James Barkley (Kiara Daley); 4 stepchildren, Alan (Maureen) Barkley, Joe (Connie) Barkley, Tony (Kaprice) Barkley, and Darla Barkley (Jim Jaquays); 35 grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren, one of whom was born on her 69th birthday. 

The family will have a viewing on Sunday, March 17, 2024 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at Stone Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 18, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Boyne Falls United Methodist Church, 3057 Mill St  Boyne Falls, MI.

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March 17, 2024

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Stone Funeral Home
2098 East Mitchell Road
Petoskey, MI 49770

March 18, 2024

11:00 AM
Boyne Falls United Methodist Church
3057 Mill Street
Boyne Falls, MI 49713


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