Emily M. Barker age 84, of Crystal River, FL passed away September 09, 2021 peacefully at home.
Emily was born on July 21, 1937 to the late Ike and Helen Simmons in Akron, OH.
After graduating high school, she married the love of her life Jim and soon became a military house wife and proud mother of JP and Patrick as Jim served in the Marine Corps for 7 years.
She moved to Citrus County, FL in 1972, to Triple M Farms where she and the family would tend the farm for a few years before becoming a bookkeeper at the family owned building contracting business where she, Jim and the boys would build homes as "B Lucky" in Homosassa, FL.
In 1987 Jim founded JP's Canvas & Upholstery where she would carry on a family business for more than 30 years as part owner and bookkeeper.
Emily had a zest for life. At a young age she loved horses and she enjoyed riding her favorite one Measles. She was an avid boater enjoying many of the boats she and Jim had that were often adorned with her name like "Ms M" and the "Jimily". She loved crafting, bingo, bongo, and babysitting. Over the years she spent a lot of time in the church, teaching Sunday school, preschool, singing in the choir and her favorite hand bells.
She loved her boys, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and the many other children that she and Jim babysat over the years. Always teaching them, encouraging them, and spending quality time with them.
She was the best grandma a kid could ask for.
Emily was a member of Yankeetown Community Church.
In addition to her parents, Emily was preceded in death by her husband Jim of 63 years, and her sister Judy Lacey.
Survived by her sons JP (Rhonda), Patrick (Lisa), grandchildren Zach, Brittany, Heather, Aaron, Patrick, Adam, Daniel, Megan, Chris, and Stephen. 12 great-grandchildren, sister Iva King, brother in law Carl King, sister in laws Bobbi (Tim), and Jolene.
Emily will be sorely missed by everyone that knew her, as a lady with many talents, love for her family and activities she shared with others.
A Celebration of Life for Emily M. Barker will be held on Friday September 17, 2021 at the Crystal River Village Clubhouse, located at 950 SE Serendipity Place, Crystal River, FL 34429. Friends will be received at 10am, with services at 11am officiated by Pastor Dennis Hamill. The family of Emily invite all guests to attend the reception immediately following from 12 pm to 2 pm in the clubhouse where there will be lunch and drinks served.
Memorial donations in memory of Emily can be made to HPH Hospice, at 12107 Majestic Blvd, Hudson, FL 34667 for Citrus Hospice House or Yankeetown Community Church, 4640 Hwy 40 West, Yankeetown, FL 34498.
Published by Citrus County Chronicle on Sep. 14, 2021.