Laiklam, Barbara A., age 85, of Taylor, lost her battle to Alzheimer’s disease and passed away peacefully on Monday, August 1, 2022. She was born in Detroit, MI on January 6, 1937.
Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She cherished one on one conversations where she was an excellent sounding board with no judgment and sound advice. She loved small artistic projects, crafts, puzzles and reading. She welcomed anyone interested into her world. She could patiently teach, while enjoying the companionship on her shared project. She had a knack for inviting you in and somehow one would come out of these sessions wiser, or their problems brought to light and resolutions discussed.
Her true passion was flower gardening. She researched plants, studied them, and nurtured them. She would take the time to walk you through her garden and explain each flower and why she planted it. Her garden was something to behold and would rival any master garden.
She will be missed mostly for her genuine compassion, whether it be with people, plants or pets. She cared deeply and things flourished under her watchful eye.
Barbara was the beloved wife of Joseph Laiklam. Loving mother to Gregory (Renee) Pinkham, Jacqueline (Kim) Zeune, Steven (Dawn) Pinkham, Mark (Kimberly) Laiklam, and Christopher Byrne. Dearest grandmother to Scott (Angela), Jason (Jessica), Stacey (Peter), Erik, Angelique, Alexis (Steve), Amanda, Melissa (Stephen), Mackenzie (Ethan), Carly, Kyle (Jordan), Laura, Logan, Luke. She was the great-grandmother to Morgan, Erin, Luke, Aubrey, Jacob, Jackson, Breilyn, David, Ryder B, Nikolaj, Layla, Tate, Ryder P, Colin, Carrie, Sam and Will. Beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews. She is survived by her siblings Laura (Jerry) Kelly, Joseph Bearden, and Janet Bearden. She is preceded in death by her first husband Thomas Pinkham, son Thomas Pinkham, Jr., daughter Kristi Byrne, and siblings Nora Conaster and Oren Bearden. Her cremation took place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.
Service is followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial Luncheon Reception
Inurnment in Michigan Memorial Park
The family has requested in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association
Author: Melissa Shreve
God looked around his garden
And he found an empty place
He then looked down upon his earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills are hard to climb
So he closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered “Peace Be Thine”.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.