Judith Barker

Judith Ann Barker (Cartwright)

Sunday, December 29th, 1940 - Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
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Mrs. Judith Barker, 79, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

She was born on December 29, 1940, in Hart, MI, to Willis & Ruth (Glover) Cartwright. She was raised in Muskegon all her life. She was an “East Broadway girl,” a 1958 graduate of Muskegon Hts High School. It was there that she met and married the loved of her life Jim, they were married on September 7, 1958, in Muskegon. They welcomed their first bundle of joy, Christine, on August 29, 1960, the second love of their lives, Jimbo, on February 17, 1963, and their third love, Cathy Ann, on June 28, 1964.

Judy worked at Hackley Hospital for 36 years only to retire in 2003. When the forth love of her life arrived, Jaxon, and then be blessed one month later with Kailey Rae, she declared it was time to be a grandma. Before her retirement, she was an avid bowler with her Hackley pals, sponsored by Monroe Custom Campers. She was also a member of the “girls club,” which was made up of her East Broadway girlfriends from high school, who met faithfully once a month.

In 1986, Judy & Jim moved to Walkerville, MI, to their beloved School Section Lake. Judy remained there for the rest of her life. Sitting on her deck, watching her grandbabies playing on the shore and telling us how much she could smell Jim’s cigarette smoke. Judy’s greatest love was Jim and Jim’s greatest love was Judy. They were the perfect pair.

Judy is survived by her three children, Christine (Larry) Barker of St. Joseph, Jim (Tina) Barker of Muskegon and Cathy Ann (Kevin) Anderson of Walkerville; grandchildren, Jaxon Anderson and Kailey Barker; sisters Jean (Kennith) Sibley of Norton Shores, Nancy (Herb) Sibley of Scottville; beloved nieces and nephews; special friend whom she loved like her own, Lucian “CJ” Dunster.
Judy was preceded in death by her husband Jim in 1997; parents, Ruth Monroe and Willis Cartwright; and niece Robin Sibley.

Due to the current circumstance a memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.
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Chris Barker

Posted at 10:03pm
My beautiful Mother, my Angel
Precious nightingale,
you are now free in Heaven
to sing and praise our Lord
without a worldly care.
I hope that GOD in all His Might
will in a dream let me see
how HE now in His arms
holds and fills you with
Eternal Joy and Peace.
To see you laugh
and hear you sing
in God’s presence
is my dream.

My dear mom love and miss you so much

judy hale

Posted at 03:33pm
To the Barker Family. I worked with Judy back in 1970 and 1971. We were the two Judys doing insurance billing at Hackley Hospital. Judy was my role model. She was older than me. She already had a loving husband and 3 cute little kids, a new house and was a working mother. We car pooled together in her shiny red Chevy convertible for almost a year. Our paths crossed several times thru the years. I always enjoyed hearing how proud she was of her family and I was happy to be her friend. I know she will be missed. Judy Hale

Chris Barker Posted at 09:53pm

Judy, Thank you for your kind words. She was the best mom who loved her children very much and we already miss her so much. Chris (daughter)

Carol Zorn

Posted at 12:34pm
Bob and I are so sad about her passing. She and her 2 sisters were such good friends early in life2 grade. Loved her we had many good times going to dances or skating with their mom or you dad taking us places. My dad always said he had 6 daughters. All together we had so much fun.your whole family mean so much to you all Carol clarkZorn and bob. Please let us about her up coming gathering .

Chris Barker Posted at 09:55pm

Carol Thank you for your kind words. Chris

Susan Gibson

Posted at 08:30am
To know Aunt Judy was to love her. I have always thought of her as an angel among us on Earth. She was the sweetest and kindest person ever. She loved her family and made them her number one priority. Aunt Judy was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was a strong woman who had your back and lifted you up when you needed her, but most of all she was filled with love. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend were many of the roles she excelled at and all who knew her couldn't help but love her back. I know her newest role as guardian angel is the one she will truly excel at as she was created especially for it. May her legacy of kindness be forever imprinted on our hearts. She taught us well. Aunt Judy will be missed but never forgotten. I have no doubt she is in Heaven receiving and sharing love.

Chris Barker Posted at 09:55pm

Susie, mom was a wonderful person and we miss her so much, but I know she is now in heaven with dad and they once again together. Chris

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