Elissa “Lisa” Joan Barker was born October 4, 1948 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to Arthur Allen and Rose Elisa (Pisano) Kephart. Lisa passed away on April 30, 2019 in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 70.
On February 2, 1972 she was united in marriage with Michael D. Barker in Harper, Kansas. They were blessed with three children: Michael Dennis II, Julie Rose, and Robert Aaron. Her husband, Michael passed away on November 4, 2004.
Once settled in Punxsutawney, Lisa was employed at the Jefferson County Assistance Office. She was a dedicated member of Saints Cosmas and Damien Roman Catholic Church and an active member in her community. Upon relocating to Harper, she was employed in the business office at the Anthony Medical Center until her retirement in 2014.
Lisa loved being with her family and spoiling her grandchildren. She loved baseball and gardening and was an avid reader. She never met a stranger or a “bad” child. She would have adopted every one if she could.
In addition to her husband, Lisa is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Rose. Surviving her are her children: Michael Barker of Harper, Julie Barker of Wichita, and Robert Barker and his wife, Denise of Anthony; grandchildren: Gabrielle, Adriana, Noah Joe, and Isabella; siblings: Mary Weaver of Colorado, Patricia Blose, Diana Maruca, Arthur Kephart and his wife, Mary Lou, Janet Stokes, and Sandra Hinderliter and her husband, Jeffrey, all of Pennsylvania, and Victoria Zachary and her husband, John of Virginia; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and a host of friends.
Mass of the Christian Burial was 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Harper, of the St. Joan of Arc Parish Community with Father Bob Pinninti officiating. Interment followed at the Harper Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Food Bank of Wichita or your local food bank and can be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 613 W 14th ~ Harper, Kansas 67058 was in charge of the arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com