Helen Lee Barker, 86, passed away April 1, 2014, in Klamath Falls. She was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Enterprise, Ore., to Leland and Mildred (Armstrong) Parker. She married Alfred "Punk" Barker July 18, 1945, in San Diego, Calif. They moved from there to the Klamath Basin in 1945. Helen was the shining centerpiece of her loving family. Her devotion to family, friends and her faith was evident in her every act. Her life centered around her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and she was an unending example of morality and spirituality, of hard work and a loving hand. She gathered them around her table in celebration. She left no detail undone and could often be found planning or decorating for a get-together or a trip. She never missed any of her family's events. She could be found at Christmas pageants, band concerts, Little League games, award ceremonies and graduations from kindergarten to college. In fact, at 72, she drove her daughter (who had broken her leg) to Phoenix, Ariz., to see her granddaughter graduate from college. She loved sporting events live and on television. Helen hosted a weekly Monday night football party with her son and his friend up to the end of this past season, and often hosted her dear friends weekly card party. Helen left an impression on all those whose lives she touched and she will be deeply missed by all those who loved her dearly. She was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church. Survivors include her son, Gary Barker of Klamath Falls; daughter and son-in-law, Sandi and Bruce Haskins of Klamath Falls; grandson, Dr. Mike Murray and Dr. Wendy Murray of Olympia, Wash.; granddaughter, Rhonda Murray of Klamath Falls; grandson, Jeff Barker of Washington, D.C.; great-grandchildren, McKenzie Murray, Easton Murray and Remy Nevarez; and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her husband and seven brothers and sisters. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Faith Tabernacle Church. A reception and luncheon will follow.
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Published in Herald And News on Apr. 15, 2014