Ruth E. Barker

March 13, 1921 - June 06, 2018

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Calling(s)

Tuesday, June 12, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville

Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville

Service

Wednesday, June 13, 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville

Obituary

Ruth E. Barker, 97, of Kendallville passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:35 p.m. at Orchard Pointe Health Campus in Kendallville.

She was born March 13, 1921, in Martinsville to Isaac Franklin and Edith Fay (Lewis) Bange.

On April 14, 1943 in Martinsville, she married Robert M. Barker. He preceded her in death.

Ruth and her husband, Robert, moved to the area in 1952 from Martinsville. In 1953, they began the Bertelsens Jewerly Store on Williams Street in Kendallville, later renaming it to Barker’s Jewelry Store and moving to their current location on South Main Street.

Mrs. Barker was member of the Church of Christ on East North Street in Kendallville and Sigma Eta Sorority of Fine Arts.

Ruth began playing the violin at age 4 and played in the East Noble Theater orchestra for many years. She loved to sit in her living room and sing with her family. Her family stated, “Her living room was the best entertainment in town".

Surviving are a daughter, Cherris (Louie) Lehman of Kendallville ; four grandchildren, Cyndi (Ben) Fetrow of Kendallville, Jennifer “Jamila” (Bob) Davey of Austin, Texas, Stephanie V. Barker of Chicago, and Sam M. Barker of Chicago; three great-grandchildren, Kailee Blackman, Nikolas Blackman, and Sebastian Griffiths.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, David Barker and Morris Dean "Mo" Barker; a daughter-in-law, Vicki Lee (Miles) Barker; two sisters, Maxine Griffith and Geraldine Richardson; and a brother, William "Bill" Bange.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Michael Kirby of the Church of Christ in Kendallville officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery at a later date.

Calling is Tuesday, June 12, 2018, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to the League for the Blind, 5821 S. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46816.

View a video tribute after Tuesday or share memories or condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Mandee Armey
June 12th, 2018 7:44pm
Angola, IN

I really enjoyed taking care of Ruth. She was an amazing lady! My condolences to her family. Cherris thank you for telling me stories about Your mom. God Bless you all

Mandee Armet3
June 12th, 2018 7:41pm
Angola

I really enjoyed taking care of Ruth. She was an amazing lady! My condolences to her family. Cherris thank you for telling me stories about Your mom. God Bless you all

Betty L. Owsley
June 12th, 2018 7:59am
Yorktown, VA

Cherris, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Love and prayers..

Cheryl Gammon
June 10th, 2018 8:09pm
Bonne Terre, Mo

Cherris, so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a loved one no matter how long they have lived. Wish I could be there and give you a big hug. Love and prayers. Cheryl

Angela Krock
June 8th, 2018 2:06am
Avilla, Indiana

Thoughts and prayers to Mrs Barker's family.

Patty and Mike Cox
June 7th, 2018 4:52pm
Rome City

Cherris and family, we are so sorry to hear about your mom/grandma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.