Ethel Thorne Barker

October 3, 1924October 12, 2021

Ethel Lord Thorne Barker 97, of Amarillo passed October 12, 2021 at Five Point Nursing Center Amarillo, Texas.

She was born October 3, 1924 to James E. and Alice E. Lord in Kingman County Kansas.

Ethel attended grade school at Prairie Home School then Kingman High School, graduating in 1943. She moved to Wichita to work for Boeing as “Rosie the Riveter” during World War 2. Ethel married Henry Thorne in 1943, he died in 1976. She then married Hubert Barker in 1986, he died in 1993. Ethel remained in Amarillo working for the school system in the kitchen as a cook, also at bakeries baking cakes and her love was to decorate them.She did this until she retired. She was a dedicated person always wanting to help everyone. Ethel loved to volunteer at Hospice offices doing paper work until her health declined. She was a very religious person ministering to those in need. Ethel also did a lot of things that enjoyed being around and with people.

She is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, three brothers, and one sister, and oldest daughter Ozella. Ethel is survived by son; Dale Thorne of Kansas City, twin sons; Donald (Leslie) and Ronald (Janet) Thorne, and daughter; Ethel Jane (Craig) Annen, two step daughters; Loritta Kaiser, Llano, Texas and Beverly (Dave) Robinson of Amarillo, 7 grand-children; Danielle Thorne, Shurrie Spray (Dave), Tyler Thorne, Aaron Thorne (Kerre), Lindsey McDivitt (James), Kristen Woodman, Brandon Annen (Kylie), Clayton Cox, and Wade Cox, 8 great-grand-children; 3 nieces and 2 nephews; several great nieces and great nephews and cousins.

In Lieu of flowers family suggests Pleasant Valley Christian Church 327 E. Central Ave. Amarillo, Texas 79108 and Texas Home Health Hospice 1934 Medi Park Dr. Amarillo, Texas 79106. Will be live steaming the service on Saturday October 16,2021 at 10:00AM.


  • Major Aaron Thorne, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brandon Annen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tyler Thorne, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bill Fetterman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Michael Delgado, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Shawn Fetterman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Raymond Delgado, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James McDivitt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dave Spray, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Daniel Fetterman, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Private Family Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021



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Clayton Cox

October 16, 2021

What I remember most was how Ethel always enriched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. Whether it was a simple, “hi, how ya doing”, or a long talk on the phone, or an impromptu visit, Ethel truly loved people and genuinely cared.

She lived her beliefs of unconditional love and faith.

Ethel made everything from blankets to cookies and brought joy to my life. My favorite is a cow hide print black and white blanket that I keep handy for when I need to feel cozy and warm. It makes me happy and I always know it is a gift of love that I cherish. I will love and miss her until that day we meet again in heaven.

Raymond Delgado

October 15, 2021

Where do I begin… all the memories I have of Annie were ones that stick with you no matter where you are at. She was like my second grandmother. She was always happy which then rubbed off onto everyone. I left Amarillo in 1996 to join the marine corps and after settling down in the state of Washington I would get care packages which always consist of bake goods and always pocket calendars and pens. She had such a big heart and loved everyone. Unfortunately I am not able to make the trip for the graveyard services but I will always have her my heart and memories

Cheyenne Cox

October 14, 2021

Truly an amazing woman of God. Her heart has always been so pure and kind, Ethel was very good to me and my family. My favorite memory of her was when she would bring crayons/coloring books, cookies, pies, etc. in a Braums bag to my house and as a child I just thought she was the coolest lady ever. I always saw her at church with my grandmother and she would always remember me and ask me about school and my cheerleading. She treated me like family and she was always good to everyone.

Such a lovely spirit that God has granted us the pleasure of meeting. I'll see you again soon Momo! I love you so much.

Dee Hare

October 13, 2021

It is my sincere sympathy that I write this. I so enjoyed knowing Ethel and being with her. Boy did she like to talk and so did I. We had so many great conversations! I know how hard it is to lose a loved one but she must be so happy right now. That is a beautiful picture of her and that is the way I want to remember her. My love and prayers are with you all.