LANILA R. "BABE" BARKER, 64, of Fort Wayne died on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. Born June 11, 1948, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (Bennett) Core. "She lived life to the fullest and touched many lives. She will truly be missed by everyone that knew her." She was an assigner for Verizon, retiring after 22 years of service in 2007. Surviving are her husband of 17 years, David Barker; son, Brian Malone of Fort Wayne; daughter, Bethany Meyers of Fort Wayne; stepsons, Brad (Marsha) Barker of Monroeville, Brett and Brian Barker, both of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Tony Barker of Gainesville, Ga.; stepdaughter, Lisa Somin of Manhattan, N.Y.; brother, Craig Core of Smithfield, Ohio; sister, Tyra (Larry) Greene of Rayland, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Marita "Peaches" Core. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 14, 2013