of Chelsea, Michigan,  age 95, died Saturday, May 30, 2020 at her daughter's home in Grass Lake. She was born July 20, 1924 in Lansing, MI, the daughter of Carl & Edna “Irene” (Struthers) Girven.
   Norma graduated from Shepherd High School. She was a resident of Chelsea since 1956. Norma was a devoted wife and mother, involved in her kid’s lives and she loved seeing their photos. She had a green thumb and loved to garden. Norma enjoyed euchre, scrabble, and doing crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed the social activities at The Pines. Norma followed her beloved Detroit Tigers and watched all of the games.
   On July 8, 1946, she married Dale Barker in  Lansing, Michigan, and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2008.  Survivors include two sons, Douglas (Sheila) Barker of Jackson, Dennis (Melinda) Barker of The Villages, FL; a daughter, Debra (Robert Henderson) Barker of Grass Lake; 4 grandchildren, Dawn, Denise, Robert III, Thomas; 6 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild;  one  brother, Carl (Paula) Girven; one sister, Marcia (Walt) Lueth; and many nieces & nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by 8 siblings.
  The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel in the evening of June 4th. Please call the funeral home at 734-475-1551 to schedule a time to pay your respects. Burial will be at Salt River Cemetery, Shepherd, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice.
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#7 Laurie Sanne Edwards 2020-06-08 23:59
I am so sorry to hear that your mom has passed away, my mom Doris and your mom saw each other at The Pines until mom moved to the UP to live with my brother. Your mom was a beautiful woman,kind and friendly, My mom loved crossword puzzles also so they had that in common to talk about. I will always remember you mom for greeting me with a big smile whenever I visited The Pines. Hugs to all of you and to Debra whom I remember well from school
#6 Sherry Powell 2020-06-04 10:41
Norma was one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met. Her memory was amazing, better than most half her age. I will miss her more than any words could say. My sincere condolences to the Barker family.
#5 Larry Moore 2020-06-02 22:24
Sorry to here about Your Mother passing
My thoughts and prayers to you and family
#4 Judy Jedele 2020-06-02 17:11
Doug so sorry for your loss - she was a dear lady.
In my thoughts Judy (Carpenter)Jede le
#3 Joanne Mills 2020-06-02 16:06
Norma was such a wonderful lady. I very much enjoyed helping her through the years. We often talked about our families, our times in Chelsea and of course the Detroit Tigers. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, who she loved dearly. I will miss Norma.
#2 Rick Eder 2020-06-02 07:06
I have many fond memories of Mrs. Barker. She always had a smile on her face. What a great long life. Prayers for your family for peace. Cherish her memories.
#1 Jackie Schiller 2020-06-01 16:48
My condolences to the Barker family. Mrs Barker was a wonderful and kind lady.

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