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Obituary: Barker, Jean

Age 82

BARKER, Jean (Age 82) Jean Frances Barker, known for her warm and easy manner and for her grace and the ability to put others at ease, died September 16, 2014, in Seattle, where she had lived for nearly 20 years.

She was born February 29, 1932, at Walla Walla, WA., to Ralph and Frances Whitemarsh, and spent most of her youth in Pasco, WA.

She married Charles Barker in 1952.

They had been married 61 years when he died in November of 2013.

They lived in Pasco, Walla Walla and Spokane, before moving to Seattle.

Jean worked outside the home all of her adult life, taking pride in her career, and was still employed when she passed away.

She worked at Bitco in Spokane for many years, managed a large real estate brokerage in Spokane and later the Shadle Center Mall.

She and Charles owned the Pub Tavern in the Spokane Valley and later sold real estate as a team.

She is survived by three sons, Doug (Kathy) of Olympia; Cam (Teresa) of Keller, Texas; and Jeff of Bremerton; seven grandchildren, Sean, Quinn, Megan, Alyssa, Claire, Ryan and Kylie; four great-grandchildren, Patrick, Milo, Caden and Fable; and her brother, Bruce Whitemarsh of Pasco.

Her sister Elizabeth died before her.

A Funeral Service is planned for 2:00p.m., Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Fauntleroy Church in West Seattle.

Her ashes will be placed with those of Charles at Tahoma National Cemetery.

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