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Carmen Barker

Carmen Barker

Aug. 10, 1917-Jan. 2, 2014

Former Detroit Lakes resident Carmen Isabelle Barker, 96, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Carmen was born at her parents' farm in Grenora, N.D., on August 10, 1917 (her birth certificate says July 10, 1917). She graduated from Grenora High School and went on to nurses training at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, where she became a registered nurse.

Dayton Barker saw her across a crowded room and told his friend that he was going to marry "that girl." They did marry, on June 16, 1939. Their daughter, Susan Elizabeth Barker Paisley, was born at the same Fairview Hospital.

Carmen worked private duty for a number of years. Most of her patients requested her services when they needed care. She lived in Detroit Lakes from 1956 to 2010.

Carmen was a caring friend, mother and grandmother. She was always doing thoughtful things for her many good friends, was inspired by First Lutheran Church, her Church Circle, enjoyed Beta Sigma Phi, playing bridge, decorating and in her younger years, cross country skiing with WWW. She volunteered for many good causes, which included hospice.

Carmen moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to be near her family in December 2010.

A memorial service will be held at Isle at Watermere Assisted Living in Southlake, Texas. Her ashes are joining her husband at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dayton Barker; her parents, Inga and Christ Haug; her older sister, Sylvia Burdick; and her younger brother, Chester Haug.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Paisley; her son-in-law, Jim Paisley; three grandchildren, Julie English, Kristin Card and James Barker Paisley; and five great grandchildren.