Barbara Mae (Smith-McLean) Oard

Barbara Mae (Smith-McLean) Oard entered eternity November 8, 2023, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

Barbara was the fourth of eight children born to Margaret (Reba) and Daniel Smith May 24, 1933, in Onaway.

Preceded in death by beloved husbands, Leo McLean and Jack Oard; a daughter, Kathleen McLean; a son, Roger McLean; a sister, Betty Newhouse; and brothers, Harold Smith, Stanley Smith, Wayne Smith, Ronald Smith and Clifford Smith. 

Barbara is survived by a sister, Kate (Jerry) Sherman of Burton; a son, Gary (Alice) McLean of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughters, Carol (Orlando) Lee of Pomona, California and Theresa (Otto) McLean of Eagle River, Alaska; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Barbara moved from Onaway to the Detroit area in 1951 with her sister Kate where she worked in banking with National Bank of Detroit while attending night school at Detroit Business Institute. 

Upon completing school, she hired on with Chrysler Automotive in the payroll department for five years.

In June of 1956 she married the love of her life, Leo (Bill) Mclean and started a family shortly thereafter.  Together the two had five children and in 1969 moved to Attica where they raised the family.  Bill found employment in Alaska early in the 1970s working on the pipeline.  Although the m

arriage ultimately didn’t survive the distance, Alaska became part of the family.

In 1989, Barbara married her life partner Jack Oard. Together the two enjoyed many memorable trips to Las Vegas, California, the Upper Peninsula and up the Alcan to Alaska sightseeing and visiting family.  They enjoyed many hours in each other’s company walking, skiing and boating.

She will be remembered by all for her kind heart and gentle ways.  Not to be undermined by her courage, determination and Smith stubbornness!

At Barbara’s request, her remains will be cremated.  Graveside service in Onaway will be scheduled at a later date.