PEORIA - Daisy Carlene Barker, age 80, of Peoria passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill., with her son and daughter by her side.
Born Aug. 12, 1933, in Perry, Ill., she was the daughter of Carl F. and Mary (Stoner) Liehr. She married Roland "Buzz" Barker on Nov. 30, 1952, in Perry, Ill. He preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 2005.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, Mary and Carl Liehr; her brother, Wayne Liehr; and grandson, Ryan Richardson.
Surviving are one daughter, Linda Richardson of Peoria; and one son, Kevin Barker of Weatherford, Texas. Also surviving are granddaughter, Renee Richardson of Chicago, Ill.; grandson, Jason Barker of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Angela Ramos, Christina Ramos and Tom Ramos of Fort Worth, Texas; and 10 great-grandchildren, all of Texas.
Carlene was a graduate of Perry High School and Quincy Beauty Academy. Carlene and her husband lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, from 1952 to 1954. She began her career of hairdressing in Fairbanks and continued that career as a home business in Peoria, Ill., for the next 40 years. Many of her customers became close friends.
Carlene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She supported all of her loved ones through thoughtful leadership and encouragement. She was the planner and organizer for her family and played an instrumental role when it came to large family gatherings. She made sure everyone was well fed and loved. Her grandchildren provided much joy to her life, and she provided them with love and guidance.
Her love of planning and cooking continued while serving the United Methodist Church in Peoria, Ill. She will be remembered for the good meals she helped prepare and serve to her fellow church members. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women. Through her volunteering at Proctor Hospital, she took on a more active role of scheduling volunteer hours and working in the gift shop. She became friends with many of the volunteers and will be greatly missed.
She will be remembered for her kind and loving heart and will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Paul Arnold will be officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church.
Online condolences may be made through www.davison-fulton.com.