Ann Charline Barker passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Saturday May 25, 2013, at 6:50 p.m. at Parkwood Village Reflections in Pratt. She died with the grace and dignity with which she lived. She was surrounded by her entire extended family.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. R.T. Clark and Charline Bergner Clark, and her brother Dr. R.T. Clark.
She married Dr. Patrick N. Barker of Pratt on Dec. 16, 1966, at Searcy, Ark. She is survived by her husband Patrick of Pratt; her sons, Brendon, and Linsey Gregory of Overland Park, Joshua and his wife Annelle of St. Louis, Mo., Timothy and his wife Kelli of Pratt; grandchildren, Olivia, Vanessa, Maya, Drew, Kaden, Karoline, Jack, Kyler, and Hudson. Ann is also survived by her sister, Nancy Clark Chaffin of Hendersonville, Tenn., and her sister-in-law Doris Clark, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews whom she adored.
Ann was born in Pensacola, Fla., on Nov. 28, 1945, and was raised in New Braunfels, Texas, and Norman, Okla. She attended high school at Harding Academy and attended Harding University. Ann completed her masters degree in speech pathology and audiology from Wichita State University.
For 15 years, she served as a mentoring speech pathologist in the South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative. Ann was an early member of the PRMC Auxiliary, where she worked for many years. She was a member of AAUW, BPW, and United Methodist Women, a cooking club and two book clubs, serving in official capacities in most of these. She was always a member of Pratt Medical Alliance, and served as a 4-H leader. She was a founding board member of the South Central Community Foundation.
She was an avid reader, often reading a book per day. Always active, she taught aerobics, and would often walk six miles per day.
She was a consummate hostess, and guests always felt most comfortable in her home. Ann entertained thousands, mainly for charitable causes and to enhance her husband's surgical practice.
She loved gardening and grandchildren best, but never turned down a chance to travel, the more exotic the destination the better. Her photography won prizes at the fair, and she loved teaching her children, nieces and nephews to snow ski and water ski.
She epitomized St. Peter's "incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit." She lived a lifetime of volunteer service to family, friends, neighbors, and people less fortunate.
The staff of Parkwood Village Reflections will sorely miss her quick smile and bursts of song. The family is most thankful for their loving and gracious care of Ann.
A private family service was held on Sunday afternoon at the ranch. Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. The funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Pratt on Saturday June 1, at 10 a.m. with Dr. Dan Ferguson presiding. Burial will be in Cairo Cemetery, Cairo.
Memorials may be sent to the Ministerial Alliance Hope Center in care of Larrison Mortuary. Condolences may be left at www.larrisomortuary.com.