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 Families: Joan Barker

Death of Ruby Barker

10-year-old Joan Barker died after a short illness in 1938, and the 'Times and Weekly News' of September 30th covered her funeral in depth:

Sad Death at Arborfield

We very much regret to record the death of Joan Barker, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joan Barker, at the school's Empire Day celebration, ca. 1937F. Barker, of 28 Council Cottages, Arborfield, who passed away on Sunday in last week at the early age of 10 years after a short illness. Deceased was a member of Arborfield Church Choir and the Girl Guides.

The funeral took place on Thursday last week at Arborfield Church. The pupils lined the pathway to the church under the direction of the schoolmaster Mr. Verrall, and each carried a bunch of flowers. The service was conducted by the Rector, Canon Anderson, and Mr. Griffen (ARCO) was at the organ. The 23rd Psalm was sung, and the hymn ‘There’s a Friend for Little Children’.

The chief mourners were:

Mr. and Mrs. F. Barker (father and mother);

Master Leslie Barker (brother);

Mr. and Mrs. J. Hayward (grandparents);

Mrs. Barker (grandparent);

Mrs. Barker (auntie);

Mr. and Mrs. J. Hayward (uncle and aunt);

Mr. and Mrs. W. Hayward (uncle and aunt);

Mr. and Mrs. Bennett (uncle and aunt);

Mrs. Moles (aunt);

Mrs. Bacon (aunt);

Mrs. Allen (aunt);

Mrs. C. Hayward (aunt);

and many friends besides, which filled the church.

There was a wealth of floral tributes numbering 122, and among those were some from:

     the Teachers and Pupils of the Arborfield and Barkham School;
      the Girl Guides;
      the Arborfield Choir;
      father’s workmates at the Ordnance Depot.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. Charles Walker of Finchampstead Road, Wokingham.

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