Norma Barker

Norma BarkerNorma L. Barker, 87, of rural Smithfield, formerly of Niantic, died at 10:50 p.m. Dec. 19, 2014, at her home.

She was born Aug. 20, 1927, in St. James, the daughter of Frank and Elsie Calvert Swarm. She married Everett Kirkman on Aug. 30, 1949, in Vandalia. He preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1959. She later married Carl Barker on Sept. 4, 1978. He preceded her in death on Oct. 26, 2010.

She also was preceded in death by one brother, C. Ray Swarm.

Surviving are two daughters, Ardith (and Dave) Corsaw of rural Smithfield and Carol (and Rod) Orr of Maryville; one son, Ken (and Terri) Kirkman of Tremont; 12 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was a homemaker and entrepreneur.

She was a member of Niantic United Methodist Church. She also attended South Park United Methodist Church in Canton.

Services were held Tuesday at Niantic United Methodist Church with reverends C.W. Reneker and Ardith Corsaw officiating. Burial was in Pinhook Cemetery at rural Vandalia. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Niantic United Methodist Church or South Park United Methodist Church.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/24/2014

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