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Barbara Jean (Nelson) Kirker

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Barbara Jean (Nelson) Kirker Obituary
KIRKER, BARBARA JEAN AYAKO (nee Nelson); of Columbia, SC; passed away October 31, 2013; born on May 7, 1939, in the then Territory of Hawaii. Her parents were Loren Milton Nelson and Nancy Shizuko Nelson, nee Matsumoto. Barbara grew up in Honolulu and graduated from the Roosevelt High School. Immediately thereafter, she was tapped by an Hawaiian Dance troupe to go with them to New York City to dance there in the popular Hawaiian Room of the Lexington Hotel. Barbara was a Hula Dancer beginning at age four and danced in various semi professional groups, while growing up in Honolulu. This was her first professional contract and she became a lead dancer for her troupe at the Hawaiian Room. She became very popular with all who saw her with her charm, beauty, and wonderful dancing skill. For complete obituary information, please go to
www.dunbarfunerals.com
To learn more about Barbara and her husband Bill and their life's work, go to
www.kirkerfoundation.org
Published in Heritage from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2013
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