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Carol Dawn Barker

Obit-BarkerCarol Dawn Barker went “home to the Lord” July 18, 2014 in California. Born Oct. 8, 1919, in the City of Delaware, the Ohio native (then Cleta Carola Dawn) was the fourth of 9 children born to Henry Melvin Taylor and Ola Amanda Madge Irene Wade Taylor. Carol was 94.

Life was not easy during the Depression, and Daddy usually was gone. The family subsisted mostly on Momma’s income, earned by hand-stamping decals onto china plates at a West Virginia pottery, across the Ohio River from the family’s East Liverpool, OH home. Being selected to accompany Momma to work on Saturday was a real treat, Carol said, for then you had Momma’s undivided attention for a few hours. Otherwise, there were chores to do and babies to attend to. Carol credited the family’s faith in God, the Nazarene Church and Momma’s “no-nonsense” approach to child-rearing for all Taylor successes. Seems all were expected to be at church every time the doors opened. Not so fondly recalled was Momma’s quick backhand to the mouth when a child disagreed. Effective? You bet!

Carol and Emerson Mellott Turner wed in 1933. She was 14; he was 21. They had three children, but small-town family life in Marion, OH soon paled for Carol, even though she was performing and teaching synchronized swimming at the local YMCA. The children grown, Carol and Emerson divorced in 1958 and Carol moved to CA to expand her horizons.

In 1961, Carol wed Charles Edward Barker, a former World War II Air Force pilot. He and Carol moved frequently with his job as a FAA radar controller, and Carol quickly personalized each home in time to greet frequent guests. Visitors to each new home loved it because, with each move, Carol would learn so much about that area that she could have been a tour guide. Ever curious, Carol loved to hike the mountains near Rocky Mountain National Park. In 1971, Carol founded The Antiquarians, a club comprised of 25 Estes Park-area women interested in learning about antiques. The Club still meets today. Carol was an active member of Collin Chapter 26, Order of Eastern Star. In 1998, Carol became a certified Stephen Minister through the Community Church of the Rockies. This Christian group visits and supports those in a time of need, grief or crisis.

Although she lived in many locales, Estes Park, Colorado was Carol’s favorite. She moved to The Palms Retirement Home, La Mirada, CA in 2008 to be close to daughter Marilyn, and husband, Willard Carwile, of La Mirada, and son, Thomas Turner, and wife, Ruth, of Bellflower. Daughter Nancy Martin resides in Ft. Collins, CO.

Survivors include all three children, eight grandchildren – Douglas, Lisa, Laura, Sandra, Dawna, Cynthia, Diana and Terri, and numerous great- and great- great-grandchildren. Carol also is survived by sisters Ida Beverly, of Apple Valley, CA and Andrea Lueen Heinlein, of New London, New Hampshire.

 Both husbands preceded Carol in death, as did sister, Addah Opal, and brother, Dencil Wade. Also deceased are sisters, Edna Beryl Harrison, Ruby Kathryn Rutter and brothers, Melvin Junior Taylor and Elchard Hulse Taylor.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Loveland Burial Park in Loveland. Friends may leave condolences for the family at www.kibbeyfishburn.com.

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