Age 85, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019, at her home in St. Helen with her family by her side.

She was born July 9, 1934, in Owosso, to Floyd and Opal (Aldrich) Varco. She lived in St. Helen since 1963, formerly living in Owosso. Barbara was a lifetime member the American Legion Auxiliary in St. Helen, where she served in many offices and was president of the Women’s Auxiliary District 10, St. Helen Helping Hands, chairman of the Poppy Committee, VA volunteer and a committee member for the Blue Gill Festival.

She also belonged to the Red Hat Society and the Say What Club. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and loved music. Her greatest treasures were her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Barbara is survived by her daughter Sheila Ford and husband Craig of St. Helen; grandchildren Kevin Nagel, Joshua Bennett, Lara Bennett, Nicholas Bennett and Brian Rhinehart; great-grandchildren Dominique Nagel, Arianna Nagel, Trevin Nagel, Jadylyn Prochet and Aelin Rennee Bennett; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Robert Wycoff, second husband Vernon Rulason, brothers Calvin Varco, and twin brothers Dale and Gale Varco.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in St. Helen.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at the Lake St. Helen Baptist Church, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. The Rev. Roger Green will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the American Kidney Foundation. Online condolences can be shared at

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