Mary Barker

Mark BarkerMary Kathryn Barker, 94, of Springfield, formerly of Rushville, Lewistown and Beardstown, died at 10:55 p.m. Aug. 7, 2015, in Lewis Christian Memorial Village in Springfield.

She was born March 9, 1921, in Pleasant View, a daughter of Edward Jay and Fairy Novelle Strong Gragg. She married William Eli Barker on Sept. 15, 1940, in Canton, Mo. He preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 1990.

Also preceding her in death were one brother, Teddy Gragg; and one sister, Doris Gragg.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Barker of Pine Mountain, Ga., and Ronald (and Kay) Barker of McDonough, Ga.; one daughter, Lisa Barker of Springfield; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Grant Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow in Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.

Memorials may be made to Schuyler Humane Society.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 8/12/2015

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