Donna M. Barker

Donna M. Barker

Donna M. Barker of Kalamazoo (formerly of Otsego and Gun Lake) passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011 at her home. Mrs. Barker was born April 18, 1922 in Otsego to Melvin and Hazel (Wesler) Hale.

A lifelong resident of the area, she graduated from Otsego High School in 1939. For 20 years she was employed at the Dix Street Elementary School in Otsego, retiring in 1976. Donna had been a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego and was a life member of the Lady Elks. In her leisure time she enjoyed sewing, crafts and especially shopping.

On June 14, 1941 in Otsego she married William G. “Ben” Barker, who died in 2004. Also preceding her in death were her brothers and sister, LeRoy Hale, June Knoll and Chester Hale.

Surviving are two sons, Jim (Diane) Barker and Bill Barker, both of Kalamazoo; two grandchildren, Jaimie (Brian) Miller of Gobles and Rob (Stephanie) Barker of Arlington, TX; five great- grandchildren, Britni, Asher, Seth, Nicole and Benjamin; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may meet with Donna’s family from 2 to 4 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, Pastor Jeff Meeker officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Donna may be made to the Borgess Foundation/Visiting Nurse and Hospice.

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  1. Shirley and Don Brown Flossie Wesler says:

    Barker family our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. But know that Donna is in a much better place. And one day that family circle will be together again. Prayers to all

  2. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Bill, Diane and Family,
    Please know that your mother is now with the Angels in Heaven.
    She was a special lady; may your memories of her stay close in your heart.
    Tim and Marcia Quigley

  3. Jacque Nulty Drobny says:

    My sympathy for the loss of your mother. My parents had some fun times with your parents in the 1950’s. May the good memories help you at this time.

  4. Michael & Linda Stone says:

    Please know that Linda and I send our deepest sympathy and that the entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Both Linda and I have many fond memories of Donna. She was a wonderful, giving and caring person. She and Ben were like members of our family. Now she, Ben, dad and mom are all back together again. Keeping you in our thoughts.
    Sincerely, Mike & Linda Stone

  5. Darl & Joyce Gilliland says:

    Dear Jim, Diane and Bill,
    We’re so sorry with the loss of your Mom. It’s such a bittersweet time, it’s hard when they leave us but now their suffering is over and they are happy again. Our parents had many happy times together, serving on the City Commission and traveling to different cities for Mayor’s Exchange Day. Our sincerest sympathies are with all of you and your families. God be with you. Love and prayers, Darl and Joyce Gilliland

  6. Tim and Diane McPherson says:

    Dear Bill, Jim and Diane
    We are so sorry for the loss of your mother, our deepest sympathies are with you. I am sure she has found peace and happiness again with Ben. We were out of town and regret that we were unable to attend her service.
    May loving and happy memories remain with you. Tim and Diane

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