Beverly BARKER

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BARKER, (nee Plant) Beverly Lenore
March 14, 1928 - December 13, 2012
After a six year battle with Parkinson's disease and Dementia, Beverly succumbed to her illness and passed away in Calgary on December 13, 2012. From Smiths Falls, Ontario, Bev came from a large musical family of which she was the last surviving member. She had a long and full life. Married to Robert for 63 years they raised five children. Bev was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. She sang with the Sweet Adelines Chorus until her illness at 75 prevented her from doing so. Always putting family first, Bev dedicated her life to serving others. Predeceased by her beloved Bob in 2009, she cared for Bob through his fifteen years of dialysis and faced her own illnesses with grace and dignity. She leaves her children: Robert (Diana) Barker of Burlington, Ont., William (Nora) Barker of Calgary, Julie (Gary) Newcombe of Calgary, Tom (Charmaine) Barker of Aurora, Ont., and David (Jane) Barker of Woodstock, Ont., as well as sixteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the many professionals who have cared for Bev while in Calgary. We would especially like to thank Drs. Rohatinsky, Ranawaya, and Wheeler, and Ruth, Christina and staff at the Mount Royal Care Centre. Bev wished to be cremated and laid to rest beside her beloved Bob in Smiths Falls, Ontario. The Funeral will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Society 201, 222 - 58 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, T2H 2S3 or Parkinson's Society 102 - 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Westech Building, Calgary, AB, T2R 1N8, would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.myalternatives.ca.

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Published in The Calgary Herald on Dec. 15, 2012
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