Mrs. Doris G. Barker died peacefully at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter Thursday, March 8, 2012.
She was born in Fitchburg Mass. September 18, 1922 to Adolphus and Esther Hirsch. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond E. Barker. She and her husband were owners of Barker’s Arcade in Salisbury Beach, Mass. They retired to Delray Beach, FL where Doris was a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Gold Coast Cancer Research Center.
Doris moved to Wilmington to be close to her niece and nephew, Karen Hanson and Dr. Mark Ragozzino four years ago. She loved her home at Pacifica Assisted Living and was much loved by residents and staff. Doris was voted Queen of the Year and President of the Residents’ Council. Staff member La Tonya Bright affectionately called her “Miss Sunshine instead of Miss Doris because she was always smiling “. Friend Gene Martinson described her smile “bubbly, like a good glass of beer”. Friend Sally Point “never saw Doris without a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye”.
She leaves her loving sisters Mrs. Lucy Hanson of Lunenburg, MA, Mrs. Lillian Grant of Medford, OR loving brothers, Paul, Alfred and Robert Hirsch all of Lunenburg, MA and loving nieces and nephews to cherish wonderful memories. Her extended Wilmington family includes Mrs. Silvia Hernandez and family, Dr. Judge and Mrs. Cris Point and family and Ms. Lillie Shrewsberry and family. They were an integral part of her life and she loved them dearly.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Pacifica Assisted Living and Silverstream Rehabilitation who tenderly cared for Doris.
The family thanks Dr. Chris Cosgrove, Dr. Jeff Church, and nurse, Midge Pipper for their supeerb care.
The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter caregivers gave Doris and her family peace of mind and wrapped her in love as she passed peacefully into heaven to dance with her dear husband “Ray” once again!
A Celebration of Life for Doris will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099