Mary Lou Barker

April 17, 2013 

WEST CARTHAGE, N.Y.    Mary Lou Barker, 84, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, April 16, at the home of her daughter where she was under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Born Feb. 27, 1929, in Canton, the daughter of the late John and Antonette Sinicropi Futia, she graduated from Augustinian Academy, Carthage. 

She married Loyd C. Barker on June 6, 1948 at St. James Church in Carthage. Together the couple operated Loyd’s Gun Shop in West Carthage for several years, eventually moving the business to State Street as Loyd’s Sport Center and finally retiring in 1975. Mr. Barker, a former mill superintendant for the Crown Zellerbach Corp. died Sept. 24, 2008. The couple lived for many years on the Line School Road in Champion.

Mrs. Barker was a member of St. James Catholic Church, the St. Joseph's Workers, a longtime volunteer for the Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary and former president of the Ladies Civic Club of Carthage.

Surviving are a daughter, Jan LaRock, West Carthage; a son, Loyd C. Barker Jr., Adams; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a sister, Frances Walters, Center Point, Texas; two brothers, John Futia, Florence, Ala.; and Dominic Futia, Amherst; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, at St. James Catholic Church with Rev. George F. Maroun, pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Champion. Calling hours will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Heritage Fund of St. James Church, Augustinian Academy, 327 West St. Carthage or to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

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Information provided by Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.