Winnefred G. (Haney) Barker, age 89, went home to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on March 6, 2016. Winnie passed on at home with her family by her side in Oroville, Washington. Winnie was born on January 4, 1927, in International Falls, Minnesota to Frank and Grace (Heritage) Haney. She was one of eleven children.
The family lived on their homestead near Ray, Minn. until shortly after Grace’s death in 1943, at which time the younger children and Frank made the journey to Oroville, Wash. One of Winnie’s older brothers, Harry Haney was already living in the Oroville area.
The journey from Ray, Minn. to Oroville, Wash. was a significant event in Winnie’s life and she had many stories to tell about this adventure during wartime.
On April 29, 1944, shortly after arriving in Oroville, Winnie and her siblings went out to the roller skating rink, it was there that she met the love of her life George H. Barker. George and Winnie were married June 16, 1944. They were blessed with 68 and a half years of marriage before George went home to heaven in 2013. During the early years of their marriage, George and Winnie lived on the west side of the state but spent the majority of their lives living in Oroville, Wash.
Winnie was a devoted wife and mother. George and Winnie had four children. Winnie enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking. She had many talents, including the ability to sew barbie doll and cabbage kid clothing with a fine attention to detail, which she was known for… Her granddaughters definitely enjoyed having the best dressed dolls around.
Over the years the Winnie attended many family and community gatherings that were often potluck style. Winnie enjoyed these events and everyone blessed to be there enjoyed her company and delicious cooking, the best fried chicken, potato salad and pies came from Winnie’s kitchen.
Winnie loved her family and friends, and spending time together. Among the many fond memories of time spent with family, the summer months camping out or staying in a cabin at Lost Lake or just a day at Lake Osoyoos, were definitely some of the best and cherished times by her children, nieces and nephews.
Winnie gave her life to the Lord as a young woman and never wavered in her faith and commitment to walking in the light with Jesus every day. She attended the Assembly of God Church in Oroville for more than 60 years, and each of her and Georges’ children were dedicated to the Lord there. Winnie was involved with her church in missions outreach and was Sunday School teacher for many years.
Winnie loved the Lord, she was a faithful follower of Jesus. Winnie spent the last few weeks of her life praying and praising the Lord, literally with her last breath she was praising God. Before leaving this world Winnie was not sad or afraid of death, she was ready and waiting for Jesus to take her home.
Winnie is preceded in death by her mother and father, two sisters, six brothers, her husband George H. Barker, her sons-in-law Mike Carter and Gus Markel. She is survived by her sister Laura and her brother Chester; her children George E. Barker of Oroville, Charlotte Markel of Omak, Jim (Marlene) Barker of Oroville, Hazel (Jason) Kurlovich of Keller; grandchildren Christine (Steve) Wright, Antonia (Judas) Dean, Dan (Shannon) Barker, Jeanette (Jon) Hamilton, Lee Barker, Charity (Jake) Henak, Jamie (Chad) Portwood, Jake Barker, Jess Barker, numerous great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
A service will be held Saturday March 19th at 1 p.m. at the Oroville Assembly of God, 623 Central Ave. Oroville Wash. 98844.
Bergh Funeral Service & Crematory in charge of arrangements