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Betty Jo Barker, 92, died April 4, 2013 in the Sunrise at Hunter Mill Senior Living Center in Oakton, Virginia. 

She was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of the late Ebon McAninch and Bertha Overholser McAninch and was raised in Mount Ayr, Iowa. A graduate of Mount Ayr high school and the University of Kansas, Betty worked as a clerical assistant and as a teacher in Cherokee and Enid, Oklahoma, in Gooding, Idaho and, since 1960, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was a member of Central Christian Church and a 52-year resident of Las Vegas. 

On September 18, 1948, Betty was united in marriage to Donald Vernon Barker of Benton, Iowa. Donald was a building supply company manager and after his retirement in 1990, Betty and Donald often traveled and especially enjoyed their trip to Australia and New Zealand.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Sharon Ann Wright and husband Kenneth Wright of Spring Creek, Nevada; granddaughter, Heather Lynn Harvey and husband Christopher and seven great-grandchildren of Wasilla, Alaska; granddaughter, Rebecca Ann Szumiesz and husband Kurt and four great-grandchildren of Palmer, Alaska; two brothers, J. Barton (Marlys) McAninch of Cedar Falls, Iowa and C.D. (Helen) McAninch of Lakewood, Colorado; a cousin, Marjorie McAninch Waggoner of San Jose, California, and numerous nephews, nieces and friends. 

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and, on January 8, 2000, by her beloved husband, Donald, after 51 years of marriage.

Visitation and a service will be held April 19, 2013 at the Palm Mortuary-Henderson, Nevada followed by burial in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder, Nevada.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Ayr Public Library.     


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