Nita Barkley
Our loss was Heaven's gain as our mom, Nita, passed from this life to the next on October 10, 2021. Nita Maria Wireman made her appearance as Clark and Elizabeth Wiremans' second of seven children on February 17, 1929. The young family moved to Medaryville, Indiana when Mom was a young girl. Life was not easy on the farm in those days, as even the children were expected to do their part to help support the family. Despite the long hours working on the farm, Nita excelled in school and was the valedictorian of her high school class. She went to Indiana University where she impressed E.A.J. (Jim) Barkley in the math class they were both enrolled in. They married on September 6, 1949, Jim's birthday, and began a life that lasted almost 70 years together. In 1961 the family moved from Vallonia, Indiana to Canon City, Colorado in a 1955 Ford with five kids, ages six months to ten years, and a full-size collie dog, while pulling a U-Haul trailer. Canon City was home for sixty years. Dad was a high school biology teacher and mom a homemaker until she went back to school and finished her teaching degree in elementary education when she was in her forties. She was hired at the neighborhood school down the street, McKinley Elementary School, and retired as a kindergarten teacher many years later. Mom was a strong Christian. She loved her God, her country, her family, and her friends. She never tired of traveling, of seeing and learning about new places around the world. She made many trips both abroad and home, including favorite places such as the Holy Land, Ireland, Mexico, and Hawaii. When asked about her life, she replied, "It was an ordinary life. We took care of our family, went to church, worked at our jobs, had high points and low points. Pretty ordinary." In reality, it was much more. Nita M. Barkley is survived by her brother, Ken; sister, Edna; children, Jim (Cathy), Kit, Richard (Sarah), Michael (Jeri), and Mary (Tom); grandchildren, Kristen (Andres), James (Wei), Shane, Rachael, Joel, and Aspen; and great-grandchildren, Tucker, Ally, and Eli. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; grandson, Jacob; and four siblings. Mom, thank you. You'll be missed. May God be with us 'til we meet again. Online condolences at
Published by The Canon City Daily Record on Oct. 13, 2021.
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Mrs. Barkley taught both of my children, Patrick and Katie, at McKinley school. She always remembered me and them when we could meet. She even called them by name and was genuinely interested in how they were doing. What a terrifically, nice, kind lady and great teacher. My condolences to her family.
Jean Whitehorn
October 16, 2021
We met Nita and Jim at church about 20 years ago and so enjoyed knowing them and sharing greetings with them over the years. They always made us feel special and had such positive outlooks. We are blessed to have known them. May our God bring comfort and blessings to all their family.
John & Diane Bedell
October 15, 2021
Nita was a dear friend of my aunt, Peggy Zupan. They had such laughs together at McKinley. My sincere condolences to you all.
Michelle Zupan
October 15, 2021
My humblest condolences to the Barkley family.
Ted Lassen
October 13, 2021
I had the privilege of being Nita and Bill's neighbor for a few years; sweet, fun, hard working, generous - couldn't have asked for better. My condolences to the Barkley family . I have great respect for Jerri and Mike and their siblings and grandkids for taking such good care of their parents.
Kathy Madonna
October 13, 2021
Mrs. Barkley was my kindergarten teacher in 1985. My deepest sympathies to her family.
October 12, 2021
Nita was such a blessing in my life the last 16 years. I enjoyed her stories of her travels each hair appt. She loved her family with all her heart, and we enjoyed talking about all topics. She kept me on my toes always at work, and she never failed to send me a birthday card. I will miss her smile and her laugh. God bless her family during these days.
Misty Heifner
October 12, 2021
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