May 31, 2012
Cora "Dolly" Estella Barber, 93, of Evans Falls area, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Hospice Community Care, Wilkes-Barre. Mrs. Barber was born March 6, 1919 in Eaton Township, and was a daughter of the late Harvey and Estella Sickler. Cora was known as "The Picture Lady." She attended the Hunter School on Jenks Road, a one-room schoolhouse, and then graduated from Beaumont High School, class of 1937. She lived in the Jenks area for all but two years of her life. Shortly after her birth, her mother passed away. Her uncle, Samuel Sickler, and his wife, Sarah, took on raising Cora, who was only 2 lbs. and 3 oz. Her sister Louise took care of the other six siblings. She received the nickname "Dolly" from Sarah and Sam's sons, Clarence and Chester, who thought she looked like a doll. Sarah "Mom" Sickler had her in a shoebox by the oven door. Mrs. Barber attended Bowman's Creek Free Methodist Church, Pilgrim of Holiness Church, Tunkhannock and Evans Falls Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lee Barber; granddaughter, Crystale Leigh Barber; brothers, Bill, Pete, Ray, Jim, Chester and Clarence; and two infant brothers; sisters, Louise and Katherine Cook. Cora is survived by sons, Boyd Barber and his wife, Linda, Harveys Lake; and Ron and his wife, Shari, Centennial, Wyo.; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Julia Kingston of Laceyville, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Monday, June 4, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Bowman's Creek Free Methodist Church, corner of routes 29 and 309, with her pastor, Lynn Mokwa, and Pastor L. D. Reed, pastor of the Emmanuel Assembly of God Church, Harveys Lake, officiating. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service on Monday. Interment will be held at Orcutt's Grove Cemetery, Noxen. Funeral arrangements are by the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the church of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on June 2, 2012