BARKER (Cook), Norma Gertrude

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - OBITUARIES -

Of King’s Head, passed away peace­fully at home, with fam­ily by her side, on De­cem­ber 14, 2019. Born and raised in Cookville, N.B., Mom was a grad­u­ate of Monc­ton High School, Pro­vin­cial Nor­mal School and Fred­er­ic­ton Business Col­lege. Af­ter teach­ing in Gage­town and Oro­mocto, Mom be­came ac­tively in­volved as­sist­ing Dad in many con­struc­tion projects and by man­ag­ing the farm op­er­a­tions while Dad worked in Nova Sco­tia. In 1965 the fam­ily moved to New Glas­gow. Dur­ing her years there, she owned and op­er­ated Sun­set Haven Home (Highcrest Place), served as sec­re­tary - trea­surer of the fam­ily com­pany Satel­lite Con­struc­tion, and was also an ac­tive part­ner of Coun­try Villa Park. As a mem­ber of Trin­ity United Church, she taught and su­per­vised Sun­day School, Ex­plor­ers, C.G.I.T., and was a mem­ber of the U.C.W. In later years she trans­ferred to Lit­tle Har­bour Pres­by­te­rian Church where she was a mem­ber of the Ladies Aid. Mom had been an avid curler and a past pres­i­dent of the Bluenose Curling Club. She en­joyed a game of bridge, knit­ting, weav­ing, but es­pe­cially she en­joyed time spent with her fam­ily, the many fam­ily gath­er­ings at her home and the homes of her chil­dren. She cre­ated a tight-knit fam­ily, for which we are truly grate­ful. Mom loved stim­u­lat­ing con­ver­sa­tion, mu­sic, a good laugh and fun times. She pos­sessed a strate­gic wis­dom, both in business and in life, and had a timely sense of com­pas­sion and loy­alty. Mom was a pil­lar of sup­port for all who knew her, es­pe­cially her fam­ily. She was known as GG to her great­grand­chil­dren and was fa­mous for her al­ways-wel­comed cin­na­mon rolls and brown bread. Mom loved the beach, the ocean, her walks with "Tilly dog" and the ever-chang­ing scenes of the Northum­ber­land Strait from her cher­ished home in King’s Head. From her, we learned the im­por­tance of hard work, man­ners, ed­u­ca­tion, and ci­vil­ity. Mom was a lady through and through, a woman be­fore her time. She is loved and will be greatly missed. Left to re­mem­ber her strength and wis­dom are son, Eric (Linda); daugh­ters, Bar­bara (Stuart) Fraser, Mar­sha (Paul) Sobey; grand­chil­dren, Matthew (Chan­tal) Barker, Carolyn (Wade) Sullivan, David Barker (Ni­cole), Bryna (Michael) Hatt, Ryan (Amy) Fraser, Olivia Kamp Sobey, Emma (Peter) En­man, Ian (Kait­lyn) Kamp; 12 great-grand­chil­dren; close fam­ily friend, Keith MacKay; sis­ter, Con­stance Fort­man, Tara, Ont.; sis­ter-in-law, Reva Cook, Sackville, N.B.; nieces and neph­ews. Mom was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band of 63 years, Ken­neth Leo in 2013; her par­ents, Fred and Hazel Cook; sis­ter, Kather­ine Bryen­ton; broth­ers, Bax­ter and Fred­er­ick Cook; sis­ter-in­law, Shirley Cook and broth­erin-law, Ken Fort­man. Spe­cial thanks to Mom’s care­givers, Natasha Gale and Heather Young; also to Dr. Aaron Smith and Dr. Anne Kwas­nik-Krawczyk. At Mom’s re­quest, there will be no visi­ta­tion or ser­vice. A fam­ily grave­side com­mit­tal ser­vice will be held in Church Brook Ceme­tery, Lit­tle Har­bour. A re­cep­tion for friends and fam­ily will be held on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 18th from 2-4 p.m. in Lit­tle Har­bour Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in Mom’s hon­our may be made to Pic­tou County SPCA, PO Box 786, New Glas­gow, NS B2H 5G2 or a char­ity of choice. On­line con­do­lences in care of R.H. Porter Fu­neral Home may be made by vis­it­ing: www.rh­porter.ca

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