LOCKNEY -- Muriel Faye Barker passed into the presence of Jesus, her Lord and Savior, Feb. 11, 2017. She was born May 14, 1922, in Lockney to Floyd and Blanche Clark Phegley. She attended school in South Plains where her mother taught school and in Lockney where she met the love of her life, Arthur Barker Jr. She graduated from West Texas State University in 1942. Art and Faye married March 20, 1943, on the day he received his pilot's wings from the Army Air Corps. Art was a pilot instructor later becoming a B-24 pilot. They had just received orders to go to Japan when the war came to an end. She and Art returned to Lockney to begin their family and to re-engage with their family and community of friends returning from the war. She and Art were very active within the community and First Methodist Church, serving in several capacities at various times. She taught Sunday school, substitute-taught in the Lockney schools and owned and operated The Attic Shoppe, a gift store in Lockney. She will mostly be remembered for being an amazing friend, listener and counselor. She, like her mother before her, were guardians of others heartaches, joys, questions and confessions. Nonjudgmental, honest, but encouraging, Faye was a friend to many and all confidences are borne away with her. She loved young children, and over the years many of the youngest sat with her in church and visited her as they grew up. She had an enormous capacity for love. She will be missed by many outside her family. She was preceded in death by Art who died in March 2002. She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law; Arthur Paul Barker and Judy of San Antonio and Stevan Wayne Barker and Alison also of San Antonio. She leaves five grandchildren Paulo, Corbin, Adam, Jonathan and Emily; and six great-grandchildren, Kendall and Mia, Gavin, Heidi, Hallie and Caroline and a couple "on the way," all of San Antonio. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the Lockney First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Lockney. In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations be made to the Lockney First United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army in Lockney or a charity of their choice.
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