Margaret Barker, 83

Longtime Alaskan Margaret Barker, 83, died Aug. 5, 2004, at home of natural causes.

At her request, no service will be held. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at her home. Private burial will be at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Mrs. Barker was born April 18, 1921, in Harlan, Iowa, to George and Elsie Ramey.

She drove the Alaska Highway with her husband and arrived in Alaska in July 1953. She lived in Anchorage, Big Lake and Eagle River. She enjoyed Alaska more than any other place. She worked for the U.S. government during World War II as an aircraft welder and on Elmendorf Air Force Base from 1953 into the 1970s as a secretary. She started at Elmendorf as part of the White Alice project.

She was a longtime member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo 11, in Big Lake.

She loved antiques, traveling and reading.

Her husband, Thor Barker, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son and daughter in-law, Earl and Jo Anne Almdale of Palmer; grandchildren, Michele and Joe Loyer of Wasilla, Earl Almdale II, U.S. Marine Corps, of Germany, and Amanda and Justin Dieters of Anchorage; nephews and families, Edward and Cathy Barker and their children, Erin and Rebecca, Thor and Tjuanna Barker and their children, Ondrea and Alexandria, and Richard and Judy Barker and their children, Samantha, Zane and Allison; and good friend, Wilma Hamann, and her family.

Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.