WATERFORD — Eva Elizabeth Barker, 77, of Waterford passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at home on October 12.

The youngest of 10, she was born on April 29, 1938, at her family’s farm in Waterford to Raymond and Grace (Dearborn) Millett. Eva married Merl Barker on October 16, 1959. Besides being a mother and wife, Eva worked in local apple orchards and as a caregiver to children and family members.

Eva loved gardening, canning and was an amazing cook. She also enjoyed birdwatching and anticipated her cardinals to return every year. Eva was always up for a car ride, to watch the changing of the leaves, visit the ocean, or just pass the time away on a Sunday afternoon with the old man. Eva’s biggest joy came from watching her family grow. Whenever there was a baby around, you could bet Eva was snuggling with it.

She is survived by her three children: Dale and his wife Sue, Richard and his wife Tish, Debra and her husband Bob; her grandchildren Shana, Angela and husband Jason, Elizabeth, Shane, Richard and wife Teresa, William, and Julia; her great-grandchildren Aden, Kaleb, Sophie, Heather, Ketallei, Lucy, Addie, Decker, Christopher, Brayden, and Eva; and her sister, Gladys.

She was predeceased by her husband, Merl; her parents; her three brothers; and her five sisters.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the Beacon Hospice Staff, especially Renee and Jessica, for their amazing care and support for the family; and Pastor Adam Thacker and his wife, Autumn.

Funeral services will be held on today, Thursday, October 15 at 1 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris, with interment to follow at Elm Vale Cemetery in South Waterford. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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