PORTLAND – Judith J. Barker of Bethel, passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, with her family by her side. She was the daughter of the late John and Gwendolyn Currier and lived in Bethel most of her life. She was a graduate of Gould Academy (1962). On August 17, 1962, she married Bradley Barker and was married for 50 years, until her death in 2012.
Judy and her husband started Bethel Auto Sales, which they operated for several years before retiring. Judy did accounting, sales and auto detailing, and also became a licensed motor vehicle inspector.
Brad and Judy have also invested in real estate, buying and renovating several rental properties. Over the years, Judy has become like family to some of the tenants and has earned the title of “grandmother” to several children in the neighborhood.
Judy was a member of the Bethel Historical Society and the Bethel Methodist Church. She also enjoyed researching her family’s genealogy.
Judy’s favorite thing seemed to be spoiling her grandchildren, especially her great-grandson Bradley. She had special nicknames for her granddaughters and made wonderful memories with them, especially at her camp on Norway Lake.
Besides her husband and parents, Judy was predeceased by her eldest son, Dennis Barker.
She is survived by her children, Donald Barker (and his wife Dawn), Deborah Riley (and her husband Ed) and Daniel Barker, her stepdaughter Jan Barker, her grandchildren Desneige Barker, Lauren and Rachel Barker, Darcy Fisher , Destiny Herrmann, Danielle Dearborn, Emily and Bethany Reed, and five great-grandsons.
She is also survived by her siblings, Lilian Franks, Grace St. Hilaire, John (Alta.) Currier and Greg Currier, as well as her faithful dog Teddy.
To share memories and condolences with the family, go to http://www.chandlerfunerals.com. Arrangements are the responsibility of Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 37 Vernon Street, Bethel.
Friends who wish are encouraged to donate to Responsible Pet Care, 9 Lower Swallow Rd, South Paris, ME 04281,
in his memory.
Obituary: Merle Garnet “Gaga” Lounsbury