Doris Ilene Barker, age 95, of Brooklyn, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the Brooklyn Community Estate, after a long illness. Funeral service: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. Burial will be in the Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: 1:00 p.m., until service time, Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established in Doris’s name.
Doris is survived by her daughter Marsha Ann (Gary) Hash; three grandsons Jeremy David Hendrickson, Brooklyn, Chris Lee Hash, Brooklyn, and Aaron Wayne Meyer, Joplin, Missouri; a granddaughter Sara Lee Meyer, Joplin, Missouri; two great-granddaughters Willa Faye-Ann Hendrickson, of Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Elizabeth Meyer, Joplin, Missouri; a great grandson Peyton Cole Meyer, Joplin, Missouri; and also, with a special place in her heart, Vanessa Coffey, Brooklyn, Amy Holland, Brooklyn, Gaige Holland, Brooklyn, Kylee Holland, Brooklyn and Kayleigh Holland, Brooklyn. She was preceded in death by her husband Emery Barker, her parents, two brothers Ocie and Woodrow Wools, a sister Nora Goodman, a brother-in-law Robert Goodman, two sisters-in-law Nina and Rebecca Wools and two nephews Gary Wools and Kenneth Goodman.
Doris Ilene Barker was born April 28, 1923, in Linton, Indiana, the daughter of Rinaldo and Vianna Wools. She grew up in Dugger, Indiana, and after her high school graduation, she moved with her family to northeast Indiana, to look for work. While there, she met Emery Eugene Barker. They were united in marriage in Henderson, Kentucky on December 3, 1947, and made their home in Griffith, Indiana. Doris worked for a time at Smith Victor, in Griffith, until 1953, when they adopted a baby, Marsha Ann. She kept busy being a fulltime mother and was an avid gardener, seamstress, knitter and crochet expert. Doris belonged to the First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana, and was very active in teaching and youth leadership roles, as well as a choir member. In 2010, she and her husband moved to Brooklyn to be closer to family. Her family was her focus and remained that most of her life.
A very special thank you to the staff at Brooklyn Community Estate for the many years of loving care they gave Doris.