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Anderson Funeral Home

1357 E. 2nd St., Franklin, OH

OBITUARY

Barbara Irene Barker

July 22, 1944June 23, 2020
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Barbra Irene Barker 75, of Warren County Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. She was born in Mansfield, Ohio on July 22, 1944 to parents Betty (Statler) and Harold Gallagher.

Barb volunteered in the Ridgeville Christian School cafeteria and in the library. She worked as a grocery store clerk, a switchboard operator, a homemaker for her husband and three children, a lightning fast typist, a typesetter with her own successful business and a receptionist for over twenty years at Otterbein Home in Lebanon before her retirement in 2013.

Barb was known for her faith in Christ, her creativity, her quick wit and ability to make others laugh. She loved plants and animals, having many bird feeders and bird baths throughout her yard. She lovingly cared for the wild creatures who visited her yard feeding them nuts, seeds, and crackers. Her yard was always filled with beautiful flowers and plants.

She was praised for her creativity, perfect attention to detail, organizational skill and excellent workmanship. Barb was an accomplished craft-maker who loved sewing, embroidery, crochet and digital scrapbooking. She also sold many handsewn and handmade items in consignment shops. She made countless gifts for her children, grandchildren and friends spreading joy through the hearts of many little children with personalized aprons, book bags, pillows, and many other custom embroidered items. She made people feel special and loved by making customized digital scrapbook photos for family and friends alike. She was loved and will be sorely missed by those who knew her.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents; her great aunt Ruth Millikin; her aunts, Eva Motter, Addie Addams, June Morrison and her grandson, Kyle Barker (1996) She is survived by her son: Jeffrey Barker (Katie Moore) and two daughters: Melinda Bahe-Gallagher (Marsha Bahe) and Naomi DeTample (Jeremy); grandchildren: Allison Moore, Ceara Barker and Conor Barker; great-grandchildren: Lily Blankenship, Rylee Montgomery and John Carter Mhanna; her sister, Beth Shelton (Ray); nieces: Misty McBroom (Shannon), Megen Saez (Sam) and Melissa Gibson (Michael); her very dear friend Krysta Flum; and her ex-husband James Barker.

Services will be held at New Freedom Church in Lebanon, Sunday, June 28th 2020 at 3 pm, Pastor Joe Shutts officiating. The family requests memorial donations to be made to New Freedom Church in lieu of flowers.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Funeral

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

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Pat Muterspaw

July 2, 2020

Precious memories of special Barb from over the years. From our years together at Ridgeville Church, to Aglow conventions in far away places, to her just coming over to sit in my yard to get out of the city so she could see the wildlife and quiet of the country. I will always remember my dear friend and thank God for her impact on my life.

Donna Prater

June 26, 2020

I worked at Otterbein with Barb and really appreciated everything she did for the housekeeping and laundry department. When I retired she made me a beach bag with my name on it so I think of her every time I go. We just text about when was I going to Naples to visit friends. I will miss our talks. Prayers to her family.

Jo Bowles

June 26, 2020

Barb was a wonderful lady, and will be truly missed. We met at Otterbein when she was a receptionist at the front desk, and my husband and I were painters. We would stop to talk with Barb whenever we walked through the lobby. And sometimes, we would go out of our way to walk through the lobby to see her. We shared our love of nature, and gardening, and we shared humorous stories of all of our mishaps! We painted the interior of 2 of her homes. She really enjoyed Brooks, and they would cut up quite often. In fact, they're probably is heaven, cutting up right now! My heart and prayers go out to the family.

Barbara Miller

June 26, 2020

I'm sorry for the loss of Barbara. She was a happy soul who added humor and spark to my life.

FROM THE FAMILY

Barbara Irene Barker
... at the little yellow house

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Nana gives Rylee some presents.

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Nana teaching Ceara to sew

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Nana holding Rylee for the first time

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Beautiful Barb

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Barbara Irene Barker
... at the little yellow house

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Nana gives Rylee some presents.

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Nana teaching Ceara to sew

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Nana holding Rylee for the first time

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Beautiful Barb

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Forty some years later and the three little bears she sewed for me are still holding up.

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Mom loved digital scrapbooking!

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Nana with Conor and Ceara

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Ceara, Jeff and Conor
Nana