Elsie Barker joined our heavenly father on March 14, 2011 at the age of 91. She was born on January 11, 1920 in Pueblo, CO to John and Mary Gruden. Elsie graduated from Central High School and took a job in Walsenburg. While in Walsenburg she met John J. Barker. They were married on May 18, 1940 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pueblo. Together they built their home in Pueblo and started a family. Soon after they were married they welcomed a baby boy, John R. Barker. Elsie was a hard worker and was never afraid to jump in and help out with any job. She was always proud to tell the story of roofing their home the day she gave birth to their second child, Sharon (Kidd) Barker. Elsie worked in
the judicial system as a Deputy Clerk for the Justices of the Peace and stayed on as Clerk of the County Court. Elsie was very proud of her Slovenian heritage and enjoyed cooking recipes passed down by her family. She was also known for her talent as a seamstress. She continued to sew and make alterations until very recently. Elsie was also a proud Grey Lady volunteer at St. Mary Corwin Hospital for the past 38 years. She is survived by her son, John R. Barker; grandchildren, John Barker Jr., Carol (Dave) Cosby, Joe (Erin) Barker, Laurie (Charles) Meili, Janine (Scott) Vinsonhaler, Ted (Vicki) Speier, Jim (Tina) Barker and 15 great-grandchildren. Elsie is preceded in death by her husband, John J. Barker; daughter, Sharon Kidd; sister, Dorothy Petersen and daughter-in-law, Jayrene Barker. A celebration of life will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 10:00 am, Friday, March 18, 2011. Interment Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or food, please make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association or the Leukaemia Lymphoma Society in care of the funeral home. Online condolences at www.georgemccarthyfuneralhome.com. Under the direction of George McCarthy Funeral Home.