Martha Jane (Lardner) Barker, 61, passed away February 22, 2004. Survived by her husband, Charles W. Barker; children, James (Tina) Lardner and Anna Lardner; step-children, Stuart (Denise) Barker, Sylvia (Frank) Couey and Stacy (Deanna) Barker; brother, John (Leslie) Miner; grandchildren, Nicholas, Megan, and Elizabeth 'Beth' Lardner; step-grandchildren, Kayla and Tyler Barker, Wilie Couey and Kristy and Jessica Barker; nephew, Steve (Jennifer) Miner; and great nephews, Steve and Logan Miner. Preceded in death by her parents, Jane and Tracy Coit Miner, Jr., and daughter, Virginia Lardner. Martha attended Ascension Episcopal Church and was a life-long Episcopalian. She was an active Christian and was involved in many outreach programs. She also was a member of Prison Fellowship Ministry and Angel Tree Ministry (children of incarcerated parents). She brought the Word into prisons and to families of the incarcerated. She was extremely involved in Angel Tree Christmas and Angel Tree Camping and enjoyed being with these children. Martha and her husband were also members of Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA). She loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. At her request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2004, at Ascension Episcopal Church, 18th and Grand, with the Reverend Fr. Ephraim Radner officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Ascension Episcopal Columbarium. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Ascension Church Angel Tree, in care of the church, 420 W. 18th St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I will be working Pueblo the last week in December of 2004 and will be making a donation in her name to the Ascension Church Angel Tree Fund. I was able to visit my cousin, Martha Jane, a few years ago while working in Colorado Springs. I can remember when I was very young, how she used to tour us around DC when we would visit. I marveled how she could manouver around on that traffic and still give us all the history.

  2. I already miss Martha – Coming to work everyday just isn’t the same. How blessed I was to have her in my life. She was a little lady with a big heart. The fun and joy we shared while working together I will treasure forever. The calls of condolences have been numerous from co-workers that Martha worked with over the phone. I’d like to share one particular message from a couple out of Utah.
    “Mike and I are at a loss to say how much we will miss someone we never met. Martha touched us across miles. Your loss is great. We share your sorrow. We will remeber her always. Keep it going, we are with you in thoughts”. Mike & Sandra. This is only one of many messages from those that worked with Martha.
    My prayers, love and thoughts are with your family.

  3. We will miss Martha. She was such a giving caring lady.
    We have been challanged by her fighting spirit. She always had time to help others, even when her own health was failing. Our best memories are of her warm smile and laughter. There will always be an empty spot when our group gathers.
    Charles,
    At this time, may you feel
    the comfort of friends,
    the love of family,
    and the presence of God.
    You’re in our prayers,
    Frank, Johnna, & Chris

  4. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.
    Our best memories of Martha were when we shared meals and bridge games long into the night out in Pueblo West. We had a lot of fun!
    With love and prayers,
    George and June

  5. I remember Martha as a young man in highschool when I would go to Jims’ house to goof off. She welcomed me into their home with open arms and smiling face. I can remember her distinctive voice and charming personality. I am grateful to have known Martha. I used to call her “Mom” to.

  6. Charles & Family,

    I am deeply saddened by the passing of Martha, and I send my deepest sympathy to all of you – I have wonderful memories of Martha – we were both Pride city Band Mothers, we bowled together for several years & worked together at many church activities – she was a dear person. I know your strong faith will help you through this difficult time. Love, & Prayers, Naomi Collins

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