Nona Margarette Barker

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit BarkerNona Margarette Barker was born to Ernest Gustav Hardtke and Tressie Odessie Clifton on September 24,1928, in Ingomar, Montana.

Nona grew up in the area surrounding Billings, Montana.

After graduating from high school, on April 17, 1947, Nona married Beryl Jeffers Barker II.

They then moved to the Seattle area where together they had seven children.

The family was raised primarily in Lake Forest Park.

She loved her family and all 60+ foster children she cared for as a foster mother.

Nona was considered a pioneer in Washington state for children in the foster care program.

In a Seattle Times story. they designated her as the “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.” Nona was delighted with the article other than the reference to the “old” woman.

During her active years she became one of the earliest employees of the 7-11 Corporation.

Managing the first 7-11 store in Lake Forest Park. she eventually managed 14 of the 7-11 stores in the greater Seattle area.

She loved nature, beach combing and was an avid agate hunter. She also enjoyed movies, reading and puzzles. She enjoyed traveling with her children and grandkids throughout the country. Her favorite places were beaches. Many summers she would pack up all of her children and take them to Decatur Island in the San Juan Islands.

She always had a sense of humor. She loved the Lord, enjoyed life to the fullest and will always be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Nona now joins her father, Ernest Hardtke; mother, Tressie Hardtke; her two brothers, Ernest “Happy” Hardtke and Clifton Hardtke;  two of her children, Dara Barker and Jeffers “Squeak” Barker and his wife Joy Barker.

She will be dearly missed by her surviving sons and daughters, Jack (Linda) Barker, Forrest Scott (Diana) Barker, Cotty (Ted) Freymuth, Robin Barker and Kandyce (Brian) Hansen.She will also be missed by her 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebrationof life service will be held Monday, August 13, 2012, at 4 p.m. at the New View Church. 8028 272nd St. NW, Stanwood, WA 98292.

The family would like to give a sincere thanks to University Lions Club of Seattle youth camp, Camano Island, for graciously allowing Nona to reside with her daughter, Robin Barker.

Also a deep thanks to Josephine’s Skilled Nursing Facility in Stanwood and Providence Hospital in Everett.

Nona left to be with the Lord on July 31, 2012.

Visit Nona’s guestbook at

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