Elizabeth J. Barker
1925 - 2020
Eickhoff Funeral Home Inc
311 W Main St
Mendon, MI
Elizabeth Jean Barker, age 94, of Sturgis, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at her daughter Polly Barker's home in Sturgis.
She was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Rochester, N.Y., a daughter of Casper and Ethel (Hurley) Knudsen. She attended Rochester schools and later received her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. She and her husband, the late Shirley T. Barker Jr., moved to Sturgis more than 60 years ago. She was a homemaker and member of St. John's Episcopal Church and The Altar Guild. Elizabeth took great pride in restoring her historic home and meticulously searched to find the proper antiques and furnishings.
Elizabeth is survived by four children, S. Trevor (Leslie) Barker III of Dixon, Calif., Paul E. Barker of Mentorville, W. Va., Sarah E.B (Michael) Cohan of Lakewood, Ohio, and Polly C. Barker of Sturgis; eight grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Gloria Van Inwagen; and a brother, James Knudsen.
In keeping with her wishes, a private family service will take place
In lieu of flowers, It is suggested memorial contributions be directed to Animal Rescue Fund, P.O. Box 593, Centreville, MI 49032.
Assistance was provided by Eickhoff Funeral Home of Mendon. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com

Published by Sturgis Journal from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2020.
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Condolences to the family, I remember both her and your father as being very nice to me and my family when we went to St. John's. Used to see her and her signature glasses at antique actions years ago.
jack a franks
February 2, 2020
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