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Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors

5400 Bell Avenue, Amarillo, TX

OBITUARY

Terry Lea Barker

October 1, 1953January 9, 2020
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Terri Lea Tomlinson Barker of Amarillo passed away in Dallas at Baylor Medical Center on January 9, 2020.

A memorial will be held on January 18, 2020 at Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors located at 5400 Bell St., Amarillo, Texas at 2pm.

Terri was born on October 1, 1953 in Amarillo, Texas to Peggy Bralley Tomlinson and Tommy Tomlinson. Terri was a rodeo cowgirl in the 60s and 70s. She ran barrels and poles in high school. After graduating from Amarillo High School in 1971 she ran on an amateur circuit and won her share of barrel races. Terri had a horse named Ever Ready Bob, Terri’s Chance, and her last horse was named Circulator “Sir”, for short.

Terri began working at High Plains Hospital in 1981 and she was the unit clerk. After her employment with the hospital, Terri branched out and started her own travel business, TLC Travel on November 3, 1986. She travelled to many many places all over the world and made many memories with her friends and family. With the internet becoming the way of the future, and the need for travel agents lessening, Terri left the travel industry and began working for Family Support Services. She remained with them for almost 17 years before retiring for good.

Terris’s grandmother, “Mimi” Munhall was a charter member of the Amarillo Junior League, her mother Peggy was a member and in the 1980s, Terri followed suit. In her almost ten years of active membership in the Junior League she served on many community philanthropic placements along with being Funfest Co-Chair of Special Events and a member of the Headquarters Committee which helped in the preservation of Shelton-Houghton House.

Terri married Arthur “Art” Barker in June of 2007 and gained a daughter, Christina Barker, and grand-daughter, Danica in the process. Terri and Art had many adventures together. They enjoyed camping, which led to the purchase of a travel trailer. She also enjoyed the trips to Mexico with Art before his passing on March 4, 2016.

Terri overcame many health obstacles in her later life. On June 1, of 2018, Terri was fortunate enough to receive a heart transplant. Sadly, after 18 months with her new heart, her body rejected it. Her strength and determination were admirable.

Terri was preceded in death by her husband, Art Barker, her father, Tommy Tomlinson, her mother, Peggy Sanford, a brother Mack Sanford, her grandfather, Herschel Tomlinson, her grandmother Ruth Tomlinson, her grandmother Jean Munhall, and her grandfather Sel Munhall, an aunt Nina Merten, and a nephew Selwyn Tomlinson.

Terri is survived by her brother, Rusty Tomlinson of Amarillo, a sister Kathryn Potts, of Amarillo, a sister O’Neal Tomlinson, of Corpus Christi, step daughter Christina Barker, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and step-granddaughter Danica Roybal of Arizona. Her Uncle Don Merten of Indiana, Cousins Tate Merten of Missouri and Mark Merten of Illinois, 3 nieces, 1 nephew and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was further survived by her lifelong friends Cathy Brazille of Amarillo, Janet Mosier of Clayton, New Mexico, and Cynthia St. Clair of Amarillo.

Terri’s children were four legged and furry. Foster and Frannie will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to Family Support Services.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Biography

      Terry Lea Barker was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Terry was born on October 1, 1953 at St. Anthony's Hospita in Amarillo, Texas. Her parents were Peggy and Tommy Tomlinson. Terry was raised in Amarillo, Texas. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Barker household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Terry was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Terry was raised with four siblings. She had two brothers, Rusty and Mack; and two sisters, Kathryn and O'Neal. Terry was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Terry and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Terry was always consistently loyal to her family.

      As a young child, Terry was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Terry developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Terry took part in Barrel Racing. In her spare time she liked to spend her time with horses. However, what Terry enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Terry as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1971. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Terry was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Terry always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Terry was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Terry was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Terry to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were Cynthia St. Clair. Later in life, she became friends with Cathy Brazille, Janet Mosier, and Cynthia St. Clair.

      On June 9, 2007 Terry exchanged wedding vows with Arthur Barker at the Lake Tanglewood in Amarillo, Texas of Amarillo, Texas. Compassionate and devoted to Art, Terry held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Art and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

      Terry brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Terry was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Terry was blessed with one step-daughter, Christina Barker. They were also blessed with one step grand daughter, Danica Roybal.

      Terry greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Terry enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Terry was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. She was employed for High Plains Hospital, and TLC Travel and Family Support Services. Terry worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Terry liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Terry always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were traveling. Terry was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Terry found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, she could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. She applauded those who won, and she enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find herself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Terry was a barrel racer. In her college years, Terry continued to stay active by barrel racing. She would watch her favorite sporting events whenever she got the opportunity.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Terry as a member, since she always brought with her a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Terry was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that she was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. She always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout her later years, Terry was an active member of the Junior League.

      Terry was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of First Christian as a child. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Terry sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. She was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Terry many accolades for her efforts and achievements. Some of her most prestigious awards includedVolunteer of the year from Family Support Services, prior to her employment with them.

      Terry enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Terry appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Terry always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Australia, Turkey, Germany, Mexico, Central America, Italy, and many more.

      Terry was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Terry’s favorites was many horses and dogs throughout her lifetime. Her family was rounded out by her many horses and dogs.

      When Terry’s retirement finally arrived in August 14, 2015, she was well prepared. She always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things she knew, so she was very confident in planning her retirement. She had begun the process early and had her retirement all laid out well in advance. Her new life involved relocating to Amarillo, Texas. In retirement, she found new pleasure in travel and camping. Even in retirement, Terry continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in her new community and felt fulfilled.

      Terry Lea Barker passed away on January 9, 2020 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Terry's body rejected her heart transplant. She is survived by her brother Rusty, and sisters Kathryn and O'Neal. Services were held at Griggs Schooler Gordon Pioneer Chapel. Terry was laid to rest in Llano Cemetery.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Terry Lea Barker. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.