OBITUARY

Esther M. Barker

October 31, 1913November 7, 2010

Esther M. (Perry) Barker, 97, of Fairhaven, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2010 at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was the wife of the late Herbert Wignall, Peter Mello, and John Barker.

Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Alfred and Isabel (Lima) Perry, she lived most of her life in New Bedford. Mrs. Barker graduated from the Massachusetts General Nursing School and worked as a licensed practical nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital for several years. She was also a private duty nurse for several years before retiring in the 1960’s.

She was a member of the St. James Senior Group, a social director at the Grinnell Mansion worked with local officials on the skate park and was the unofficial social director at the Atria in Fairhaven.

She is survived by three grandchildren, Cathy Aresta of New Bedford, Sally Wheeler of Dartmouth, and Andrew Menard of Rochester; a step daughter, Carol Patenaude of New Bedford, a sister, Lillian Robinson of Fairhaven; four great grandchildren, Justin and Kelsey Williams and Jason and Kallie Lima; three great great grandchildren Ava Pittsley, Braedyn and Taelor Lima and many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins including Margaret Carter of NY and Gail Lapalme of Acushnet.

She was the mother of the late Joyce Menard, grandmother of the late Leonard Menard and sister of the late Louise Gorman.

Her funeral will be Friday, November 12, 2010 at 8 AM from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth followed by a Funeral Mass at 9 AM in St. Mary’s Church, 343 Tarklin Hill Rd., New Bedford. Visiting hours on Thursday 5-8PM. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Bedford. Contributions in her honor may be made to the New Bedford Council on Aging 181 Hillman St. #9, New Bedford, MA 02740.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 12, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Lori Alty

November 15, 2010

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Kim Dauplaise

November 15, 2010

Cousin Dinner September 2007
Stanley, Esther, Lianne, Kim & Ronnie

Lisa Amaral

November 11, 2010

Andrew,

Some memories are so precious that they are wrapped in love and stored safely in our hearts forever. Hoping the memories you treasure will comfort you now. With Heartfelt Sympathy.

Albert and Rita Amaral

November 11, 2010

Andrew,

The hardest changes of all are those that include good-byes. Thinking of you as you go through this time of sorrow and change. With Sympathy.

November 11, 2010

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Aunt Esther. Fortunately, we were able to spend two great days with her in late June at the Atria residence. A gracious lady who made the most of her 97 years;she will be sorely missed!
Marge(Niece)& John
Brooklyn,NY

Kim Dauplaise

November 11, 2010

Cousin Esther was a person of great love. She welcomed me into the family and was always so very happy to visit her childhood home on Rockdale Avenue. I loved your stories and the fact that you were Grandma Loretta's best friend. I will forever remember you and appreciate that I am a better person for knowing you! I love you and will miss you.

Nancy Perry-Smarse

November 11, 2010

My Aunt Ester was so special to me, she always made me feel so loved and so special to her. She adored my husband and children and we all adored her. I will miss her so very much.
Thanks for always being there for me and for all the great stories, Auntie you were always my favorite!
Love, Nancy

Christine Loria

November 10, 2010

Esther was an inspiration to all. She taught me a great deal about living life in health, with dignity, and with gratitude. I will miss her very, very much.
Christine
Engage Life Instructor
Atria Fairhaven

FROM THE FAMILY