Ernestine (Mapoles) Barker (1924 - 2013)

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Ernestine Mapoles Barker died Oct 1, 2013, to be with her Lord and departed loved ones.

Ernestine was the last surviving child of Okaloosa County founder William H. Mapoles.

Her husband, William H. Barker, Sr., and her beloved daughter, Nancy, preceded her in death.

Her surviving children and family, Jocelyn, Bill, David, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren, will miss her tremendously.

Ernestine contributed much to this world. As a teenager, she worked at Eglin Air Force Base on the Doolittle Raiders project. She wrote the engineering change orders given to her by General Doolittle's crew chief, which modified the B-25 Bombers later used in the raid on Tokyo, Japan.

During her many moves as an Air Force wife, she volunteered to assist children with disabilities caused by the drug thalidomide. While residing in Germany, she was recognized by the German government for her volunteer work with German thalidomide-disabled children.

Returning to Crestview after her husband's retirement, she served on the city council, heading the downtown train-overpass initiative. She served as president of the Crestview Woman's Club and Garden Club. Over the years, she wore many "hats," doing what was necessary to help her family and the community.

She was a walking history book with an incredible memory of Crestview and Okaloosa County's early years.

The family viewing is 2-4 p.m. Oct. 12, followed by the funeral at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church's Christ Chapel in Crestview.

Flowers or contributions to the are appreciated.

Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Oct. 9 to Nov. 1, 2013
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