Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Barker, 94, of Medford, Ore., passed away Thursday, January 13, 2011, at her home with family and friends by her side. She was born August 20, 1916, in
Alden, Minn., to Earl and Ethel (Winter) Hewitt, and was raised on the family's dairy farm.
Beth moved to Medford in 1933 after exploring the west with her family in their home-built motorhome, Bluebird. After graduating from Medford High in 1936, she attended nursing school at Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, graduating in 1941. She returned to Medford, and spent many years nursing at the Sacred Heart, Community and Rogue Valley
Hospitals and in private duty.
She married Gordon R. Barker in 1942. After WWII, they built a home in Medford and raised their family. Gordon passed away in 1979, and in 1989, Beth moved to Woodburn. She returned to Medford in 1998, remaining there for the rest of her life. She loved spending time with her family as it grew to include spouses, grandchidlren and her great-grandson.
Beth was a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Medford, where she served as a deacon and elder. She enjoyed singing in the choir and helping with church gatherings. She was also a member of P.E.O. Chapter AA.
Beth is survived by her daughter, Janet (Steve) Hackett, of Creswell; son, Larry (Marian) Barker, of Talent; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; sister, Phyllis Nipps; and brother, Richard Hewitt.
The family wants to thank all of her friends for their love and support through the years, especially the members of the sewing group who have gathered for the past 70 years. A special thank you to her caregivers, who were so kind and good and made it possible for her to remain in her home.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Medford. Memorial donations may be made to the OSC P.E.O.
Charitable Trust or to the charity of your choice.