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In Memoriam


The Rev. Canon Barker (Dorothy (née Vander Woude) Barker),
               Passed away on November 14, 2006, at Kelowna, BC at the age of 79 years.

Dorothy Barker was predeceased by her sisters Rose, Alberta and Ethel and ex-husband Allan Jones Barker. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Steve (Marianne), Ruth, Margaret, Nancy and Phil (Christine), by her grandchildren Andrew, Dylan, Christopher, Emelia, Lewis, Benjamin, Madeleine, Acacia and Elyse, by her brothers Jack, Arnold and Saul, and by countless friends and fellow clergy.

Dorothy was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 2, 1927. Her early years were spent in Boston, where she graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School, and trained as a registered nurse at the New England Hospital for Women and Children. She then embarked upon premedical studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she met her husband Allan.

As a clergy wife and mother of five children, Dorothy lived in London and Waterloo, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Kelowna, BC. From 1971 to 1978, Dorothy resumed nursing at the Kelowna General Hospital. In 1978, when the last of the five children left the Kelowna home, Dorothy moved to Vancouver, BC to study at the Vancouver School of Theology. She was ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada in 1981, and in 1982 was ordained as a Priest at St. Monica s Anglican Church in Horseshoe Bay, BC. From 1983 to 1990, Dorothy served as Chaplain at the University of Guelph; from 1990 to 1995 she was Incumbent Priest of St. David s Anglican Church in Castlegar, BC. In 1995 she retired to Kelowna, BC, and in her retirement years was associated with the parishes of St. George s Anglican Church in Westbank, BC and the Cathedral of St. Michael s and All Angels. In addition, she was appointed Coordinator of Spiritual Direction for the Diocese of Kootenay. Her pastoral duties also included several appointments at Sorrento Centre in Sorrento, BC, including Associate Director, Spiritual Director and course leader, as well as participation on a national subcommittee to rewrite the marriage canon.

She was a constant champion of her children and friends, an advocate for the less fortunate, and a spokesperson for gender equality. Among many other diverse activities she was past President of the Kelowna Friends of the Library, and a past Director of the Kelowna Philharmonic Festival Society.

She will be fondly remembered for her love of life-long l earning, her avid interest in challenging anyone to a spirited game of Scrabble or a discussion of quantum theology, and her attachment to a very special three-legged cat, Barney.

A service will be held at the Anglican Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels, 608 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC on November 18th, 2006 at 1:30 P.M. All friends of Dorothy are warmly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Primate s World Relief and Development Fund or to Sorrento Centre, Sorrento, BC..

The obituary, as it appeared —
Kelowna, BC, Canada, The Daily Courier, Friday, November 17, 2006.