Karen Rae Barker

Obituary
  • "I miss you SO SO MUCH and can't wait to see you and talk to..."
  • "In My Pocket I have memories in my pocket. They rattle..."
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  • "I speak of you so often and miss you so much!"
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  • "A light will always be inside of me reminding me of you..."
    - Alicia Beck
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    - Mom

Valdez resident and lifelong Alaskan Karen Rae Barker, 32, died March 4, 2008, at home.
A service will be Tuesday at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral in Kodiak. Pallbearers will be Jared Selanoff, Jerry Selanoff Jr., Cameron Katelnikoff, Joseph Katelnikoff, Freddie Katelnikoff and Jesse Eggemeyer. Burial will be afterward at the City of Kodiak Cemetery.
Karen was born May 12, 1975, in Alaska. She graduated from East High School in 1993 and is a member of the Russian Orthodox church.
Karen enjoyed beading even though she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. She liked to coach her daughter's T-ball team and help the girls with school work. She also liked to read and loved music and singing, but her girls were her first and only priority, her family said.
Her daughter Freddie said that her "mommy" was really kind and that she liked holidays and helping other people.
Her daughter Alicia said that her "mommy" was nice (even though they sometimes made her mad) and that she liked to hug and kiss her and Freddie.
Her Grandmother Sophie said: "She was a wonderful, caring granddaughter who always wanted to help. I love her dearly and will miss her. She was a devoted, protective mother who made her children the center of her life. She had a big heart and wanted to take care of everyone. She made sure her daughters knew about their heritage and history, science and life." Sophie added that family and friends were very important to Karen, and she taught her girls to be kind and help others.
She is survived by her daughters, Freddie Katelnikoff Barker and Alicia Sophie Barker of Valdez; mother, Marina Katelnikoff-Beck of Valdez; dad, Donald Beck of Valdez; father and stepmother, Jerry and Rita Hall of Florida; great-grandmother, Marina Waselie of Larsen Bay; grandmother, Sophie Katelnikoff-Shepard of Kodiak; Crossna (godmother), Donna Yovino of Kodiak; brothers, Jared Hall, Jamie Hall, Justin Hall and Jordan Hall of Florida; stepsisters, Angela Lambert, Terri Beck and Lana MacKay of Washington; grandmother, Naomi Beck of Texas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Fred Katelnikoff, and uncle, Zack Katelnikoff.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Mar. 9, 2008