Barbara Nadine Stricker(1931 - 2012)

Barbara Nadine Stricker 1931-2012 Barbara passed away on Monday, November 19, 2012 in San Joaquin Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in the Township of Dexter, Kansas on July 20, 1931 to Roy Francis & Anna Theo Baker. Called Bobbie as a child, she was the youngest of three girls. Her parents and grandparents were employed as wheat farmers outside Winfield, Kansas. She had many fond memories of her summers with her maternal grandparents out on the farm. While a young girl, her parents divorced, and she moved to Leadville, Colorado and ultimately Hailey, Idaho, with her mother and step-father who was a miner. She went to elementary school and two years of high school in Hailey. She told stories of seeing movie stars, such as Bing Crosby and Gregory Peck on the main streets of Hailey, as it was a hunting and fishing area near the famous Sun Valley resort. At age 16 she moved to the Dinuba-Orosi, CA area with her Mother and met and married the father of her three children, Bill Cheek in 1947. He had just returned home from WWII in Europe. She became the mother of three small children by the time she was 21. The family lived in Orosi, Fresno, Taft, Porterville, and Wasco as her husband was promoted through the State of California Department of Highways. Barbara was a mother and homemaker until approximately 1959, when she was suddenly faced with the challenging task of being a single working mother at age 29. This was largely unheard of in those years and she faced much discrimination and overcame many challenges. She successfully raised her three children Sheila, Robert, and Sandra working as a waitress and grocery retail clerk in Wasco, CA. In 1969 she met and married Robert E."Bob" Stricker. They were married and lived in Bakersfield for 35 years until his death in 2004. During those years they were blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren from both sides and had many happy and prosperous years together. In approximately 1989 Barbara retired after 20 years of service with the United Food & Commercial Workers Union having worked for Thriftimart & Smith's Bakery. In retirement she accomplished a lifelong goal of finishing high school and getting a 2 year college degree in child development. She had a second 10 year career at Panama Buena Vista School District (Loudon School) in their child care program, retiring again in 2001 at age 70. We know there are many young people in the Bakersfield area, who probably fondly remember being cared for by "Miss Barbara". In spite of her busy work life, her home and family where always first priority. She loved working in her yard, raising roses and fruit trees and was an excellent cook and seamstress. She also loved to care for her grandchildren. Family and neighbors loved the ripe juicy oranges and peaches from the trees in her yard. She and Bob were also active in the Kern County Masonic Lodge. Barbara is survived by a sister Naomi Miranda of Boise, Idaho, two daughters, Sheila Soy(Martin) of Bakersfield, and Sandra Martin( John) of Cayucos/Wasco; three granddaughters, Heather Ranes , Stacy Hadsell (Dan) both of Bakersfield and Laura Cheek of Portland, Oregon . Also surviving her are 5 great-grandchildren, Ashley Herring, Evan Martines, Mackenzie, Bryce, and Grace Hadsell all of Bakersfield. Predeceasing her was a son Robert Walter Cheek in 1978, an eldest sister Helen Baldwin in 1980, both of her parents in 1989, and her husband Robert "Bob" Stricker in 2004. There are no memorial services scheduled at this time. Barbara requested that she be cremated and her ashes will be scattered in the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, near her most favorite place Redfish Lake next summer. In lieu of flowers the family would like to request donations be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in LA in her memory. Please sign Barbara's guest book at www.GoldenValleyMemorialCare.com Rest in peace Mom, you were a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, & great grandmother. You taught us all good values and set the example to be hardworking, loving, caring, resourceful, and to keep a clean house. May God Bless and Keep You.....Your Loving Family Peters Funeral Homes www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2012