Alice Marguerite Barker, a long time Rancho Bernardo resident, passed away after a brief illness on April 4, 2013, at the age of 96, in Tallahassee, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Zachariah Allen Barker. Alice was born August 9, 1916, in Newton, Kansas, but spent most of her life in San Diego, graduating from high school and attending college there. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and did post-graduate work at the University of Hawaii to complete her teaching degree.
Alice thoroughly enjoyed teaching at the primary level and upon retirement, equally enjoyed golfing, traveling around the country, watching the sports and accomplishments of her grandchildren, and participating in the many activities of the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church. Her love of life, family and friends endeared her to all who knew her, and she leaves behind a legacy of faith and caring. She moved to the Tallahassee area to be closer to family, but never forgot her home was San Diego.
Alice is survived by her two daughters, Jane (Jerry) Schoonover of Monticello, FL, and Patti McCartney of Scottsdale, AZ; five grandchildren, Michael Schoonover, Kristen Schoonover, Sandra (Floyd) Faglie, Alisha (Phillip) Tencick, and Charles; and five great-grandchildren, Madison, Lauchlin, Floyd Benjamin, Leighton and Bevin. She greatly loved the generations of this family and would often remark in wonder as she watched the children around her, "Look what we started!"
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of the Allegro Assisted Living Community in Tallahassee.