Elizabeth P. "Beth” Barker, 90

Elizabeth P. "Beth” Barker, 90, of Wabash, died at 11:22 a.m., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at Miller's Merry Manor East in Wabash.  She was born on Tuesday, July 29, 1930 in Offutt, Ky., to Arthur E. and Lenore (Butcher) Pope.

Beth was a 1947 graduate of Meade Memorial High School in Williamsport, Ky. Following high school, she attended college at Pikeville College and graduated from Morehead University. Beth married Earl Cantrell on May 9, 1951, in Pikeville, Ky., he preceded her in death on August 4, 1983. Later, she married Randall Barker on Aug. 18, 1985, in Paintsville, Ky., he preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 2003. Beth worked as a teacher in Thealka, Ky., and Whitehouse, Ky., and then attended Mayo Vocational School and learned the stenographic way of life. When she came to Wabash, she worked for Franklin Finance Company, Wabash County Hospital, and in the office at General Tire. In 1986, she started working at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service alongside her husband, Randall. Beth was a longtime member of Wabash Free Will Baptist Church, where she was a Christian all of her adult life. She served as clerk treasurer and also taught Sunday school several years. Although, she was never blessed to be a mother, she "mothered" many throughout her years.

She is survived by three step-children, Robert Barker of Roanoke, Deb (Greg) Christopher of Upland, and Keith Barker of North Manchester; brother, Charles A. Pope of Washington; sister, Vivian Bland of South Carolina; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; niece and caregiver, Cathy (Philip) King of Wabash, and several other nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Arthur Pope, Jr.; sister, Isabelle Schad; and grandson, Coleman Barker.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at Wabash Free Will Baptist Church, Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater and Pastor Bill Crank officiating. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

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Posted on 2020 Dec 08