PORTLAND – Judith J. Barker of Bethel, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, with her family at her side. She was the daughter of the late John and Gwendolyn Currier and lived in Bethel most of her life. She was a graduate of Gould Academy (1962). On Aug. 17, 1962, she married Bradley Barker, and was married for 50 years, until his death in 2012.

Judy and her husband started Bethel Auto Sales, which they operated for several years before retiring. Judy did bookkeeping, sales, and auto detailing, and also became a licensed motor vehicle inspector.

Brad and Judy also invested in real estate, purchasing and renovating several rental properties. Throughout the years, Judy became like family to some of the tenants, and earned the title “Grandma” from several neighborhood kids.

Judy was a member of the Bethel Historical Society and the Bethel Methodist Church. She also enjoyed researching her family’s genealogy.

Judy’s favorite thing to do seemed to be spoiling her grandchildren, especially her great-grandson Bradley. She had special nicknames for her granddaughters and made wonderful memories with them, especially at her camp on Norway Lake.

Besides her husband and parents, Judy was predeceased by her eldest son, Dennis Barker.

She is survived by her children, Donald Barker (and wife Dawn), Deborah Riley (and husband Ed) and Daniel Barker, daughter-in-law Jan Barker, grandchildren Desneige Barker, Lauren and Rachel Barker, Darcy Fisher, Destiny Herrmann, Danielle Dearborn, Emily and Bethany Reed, and five great-grandsons.

She is also survived by siblings, Lilian Franks, Grace St. Hilaire, John (Alta) Currier and Greg Currier, and her faithful dog Teddy.

To share memories and condolences with the family please go to http://www.chandlerfunerals.com. Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 37 Vernon Street, Bethel.

Friends who wish to do so are encouraged to donate to Responsible Pet Care, 9 Lower Swallow Rd, South Paris, ME 04281,

in her memory.


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