Nancy Lou Barker peacefully left us to be with the Lord during the night of April 9, 2022 in Gilbert, AZ at the age of 88. There to meet her was her husband, Bennie.
She was born to James and Birdie McCollum on August 3, 1933 in San Angelo, TX. She went to school in Alvin, Texas and loved sports and playing in the band. In 1952, Nancy married Bennie Barker and they celebrated 50 loving years together. She and Bennie started their life together and began raising their three children in Alvin among their family and friends. Nancy focused her energy in those years on her church, her husband, and her children. She was a loving and dedicated mother who treasured her children. She served as Sunday School teacher, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout den mother and began developing her artistic talents through cake decorating. Opportunity brought them to Colorado and after her children were grown, she developed a deep love for the Centennial State. Inspired by the natural beauty around her, she became an accomplished and prolific stained-glass artist. Her expansive vegetable garden flourished under her green thumb and the plentiful sunshine along the Rocky Mountain front range. She found that she enjoyed planning adventures and exploring around the globe. Nancy loved to experience live musical performances. She pursued her passion for serving others by traveling around the country building houses for Habitat for Humanity, volunteering regularly at a Denver food bank, and especially working on projects with the First United Methodist Church in Castle Rock that she loved dearly. Nancy was well known for her love for sports, especially for the Denver Broncos, and for her fierce competitive nature in bowling, board games and card games. Nancy treasured her time with her grandchildren and looked forward to their school events, sports, and visits.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie, and her brothers, James McCollom Jr. and Bill Mebane. She is survived by her daughter Mary and her husband, Jim Harmon; her two sons and their wives, Bob and Pamela Barker and John Barker and Rebecca Godkin; a brother, Frank Mebane; nieces Ann McCollom and Jenny Culbertson; nephews Jim McCollom, Joe Mebrane, and Michael Mebane; and grandchildren Rachel, Daniel, and Benjamin Harmon, and Trevor and Nicole Barker; cousins and countless friends and lives Nancy has touched throughout her life.
It was Nancy’s desire that her ashes be buried with her beloved husband Bennie’s ashes at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
A celebration of life will be held in her honor at the First United Methodist Church in Castle Rock, CO on May 23, 2022 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the First United Methodist Church in Castle Rock, CO in her honor.