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Monday, January 4, 2021

Obituary - Barbara Lee Julian

Barbara Lee Julian, age 75, passed away Friday, January 1st, 2021 at Clinton Healthcare and Rehab in Clinton, Missouri. Funeral service will be held at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home on Thursday, January 7, 2021, visitation starting at 2 PM with service to follow at 3 PM. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Barbara Julian Memorial Fund and may be left in care of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

Barbara was born May 26, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri to the parents of John and Lucille Bollinger. She lived in Kansas City, Missouri where she attended high school at Southeast High School.

She married Michael Earl Julian of Clinton, Missouri on June 26th, 1964. They were married for 58 years.

Barbara started at Clearfield Cheese in 1969 and stayed until it closed in 1987. At which time she began helping her husband with their business, Julian Saddles and Tack. They traveled the country, selling and trading horses and tack. Barbara quickly learned how to pull a trailer full of supplies or animals. 

Together, they worked many late nights and long weekends building a successful business. In 1994, they relocated to Warrensburg and within a few years, built a salebarn of their own. In 2010, Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer. They relocated back to the Clinton, Missouri area to be closer to their children.

Barbara loved Elvis, country music, and planting flowers in her flower beds. Michael and Barbara enjoyed spending time at the river boats and she loved her scratchers. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Her and Michael had their grandchildren with them continually despite the many hours they traveled for work. They enjoyed their family as often as possible, often making the grandkids feel like it was their second home. She cooked the best breakfast and spaghetti! She always made sure her pantry was full of the “good” snacks and cereal for her grandchildren. She was the toughest lady, one time working all night with a broken arm not telling anyone until the end of the night. Through the years of battling two rounds of breast cancer and then lung cancer, she was the biggest fighter, always pushing through the pain to be with her family.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents John Bollinger and Lucille Sweeney and her step-father Ray Sweeney, four brothers, Johnny, Kenny, Chester and Walter Bollinger, one sister Lavaugne Poindexter and one infant son Michael Julian. Barbara is survived by her husband Michael and great grandson Lain Hill of the home in Calhoun, Missouri. One son Dean (Julian) Baker and wife Julie of Buckner, Missouri, two sons, Todd Julian of Clinton, Missouri, John Julian of Calhoun, Missouri, one daughter Traci Julian of Calhoun, Missouri, one sister Sharon Jennings (Larry) of Oak Grove, Missouri, five granddaughters Natasha Bailey (Chuck), Jilleen Julian, LeeAnn Marcase (Matt), Leslie Brice (Jay), Candace Easter, five grandsons Trevor Julian, Clayton (Patrica), Kyle and Dakota Baker, and Brandon Easter, twenty-five great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.