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Leila "Nadine" Barker (Nicholson)

October 8, 1936 - April 10, 2019

Viewing will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, at Gilliland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Nadine would have preferred donations be made in her name to Safehaven Humane Society of Tangent, OR.

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Leila “Nadine” Barker, 82, of Lebanon, Oregon passed away peacefully Wednesday with her sister, Rita, and caregiver, Mickey Yordy, by her side after a long battle with breast/lung cancer and congestive heart failure.

Nadine was born October 8, 1936 to Clifford Calvin and Lola Esther (Wycoff) Nicholson in Wilsonville, Nebraska. She lived in Wilsonville and Lebanon, Nebraska until her family moved first to Medford, Oregon in 1947, and then to Sweet Home in 1949.

In 1951, Nadine married Wayne Black of Sweet Home. They separated, and she moved to Lebanon in 1963 where she lived since. In 1965, she married Jimmie Barker.

She was proud of the fact that she had opened and closed both Cornets stores in Lebanon. Following the second store closing, she finally found a new home working at The Oaks for several years before she retired. She was continually knitting or crocheting everything from sweaters to stuffed animals. She was also a longtime member of the Lebanon Genealogy Society, where she spent many hours staring at microfiche and finding long, lost relatives until her failing health prevented it.

In March 2018, she gave up her home of 45 years and moved to her “other home, The Oaks” in Lebanon.

The family would like to give special thanks to her caregiver and special friend of the past year, Mickey Yordy, and her son, Jonathan. They would also like to thank the staff of The Oaks, Lebanon and Evergreen Hospice.

Nadine is survived by sons David (Peggy) Black of Jefferson, Larry (Donna) Black of Salem, Jim Barker of Richfield, UT, Jerry (Marilyn) Barker of Fairfield, CA.; daughters Virginia (Ken) Stanley of Sigurd, UT, Nancy (David) Keaton of Centralia, WA; unofficial adopted daughter Jane Hill of Vancouver, WA; brother Everett (Pat) Nicholson of Salem; sisters Elaine (Earl) Harcrow of Sweet Home, Rita (Ted) Holder of Cottage Grove; fourteen grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a several foster children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Lola; first husband Wayne Black; second husband Jimmie Barker; son Ronald Everett Black; sister Jeanette Seiber; nephew Allen; grandson Jeremy Barker; and niece Gaye Huerta.

Viewing will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, at Gilliland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Nadine would have preferred donations be made in her name to Safehaven Humane Society of Tangent, OR.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.