Phyllis Clausen Barker died at Elroy, Wis., on July 2, 2014, from dementia with Lewy bodies.
She was born on April 10, 1924, at Broken Bow, Nebraska. She attended Hastings College at Hastings, Nebraska, and later graduated from the University of Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in art education.
She was married to Charles Alan Barker. They had four children and were later divorced. She taught art in the Mount Vernon School District at Mount Vernon, Iowa, for approximately 20 years, and published several books on art education.
After retirement, she lived in Fox Point, Wis., and later in Hillsboro, Wis.. She enjoyed summers in northern Maine, traveling to Europe, spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening, reading, painting, knitting, baking and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold E. Clausen; mother, Opal Weaver; stepfather, David A. Weaver; step-brother, Frederick A. Weaver, and eldest son, R. Scott Barker.
She is survived by her children Stephen B. (Emelia) Barker; Barbara (Mark Stoler) Barker; and Julianne (David Merollo) Barker; grandchildren Amy (E. Christopher) Winslow, Allison Morse, Genevieve Stoler and Nicholas Stoler; and great-grandchildren Hadley Winslow and Nathan Winslow.
Picha Funeral Home of Hillsboro, Wisconsin, has assisted the family. For online information, go to www.pichafuneralhomes.com Funeral services will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, Whitefish Bay, Wis., at a later date.