|Birth: ||Jul. 14, 1919|
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 2012|
South Dakota, USA
Amy J. Barber, 92, of Rapid City, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at a Rapid City nursing home.
On July 14, 1919, Amy J. Erickson was born to parents, Joseph & Emma Erickson in Everett, Washington. Amy's father was a carpenter by trade, and shortly after her birth, they moved to Oakland, CA, where Joseph provided a good living for his family with his considerable skill in carpentry.
Amy's older brother, Rudy, joined the Navy when Amy was yet preschool age and she experienced being raised as an only child for most of the time she lived with her parents.
Following high school graduation, Amy enrolled at UC Berkley. She graduated with a BS in Home Economics and a Minor in Music.
Then she began working at a Christian Center near her home. While working there she met Edgar Barber. Edgar was working for Standard Oil in Richmond, CA. Following their marriage in 1940, they returned to the Lakeside Community, honoring a request from Edgar's father, Fred Barber, to take over the ranching duties.
One cannot begin to imagine what thoughts Amy had as she experienced this extreme change—from concrete streets and sidewalks in a big city, to ranch living with only a few luxuries.
A few years later, Edgar and Amy bought another ranch a few miles south of the homestead where they raised four children, Susan, Paul, Beverly, & Roger.
Roger died in 2002 and Susan, Paul, and Beverly currently reside in Rapid City.
When the children were older, Amy began teaching Home Economics and leading the choral music program at Wall High School. While there, Amy was active in local and state Home Economics programs. She and her students won many awards.
Music was very important to Amy, being an accomplished pianist, she gave neighborhood children piano lessons for many years.
She also was the church pianist and organist for the Owanka & Lakeside Churches.
Following Edgar's death in 1983, Amy joined a volunteer American Baptist Mission group and traveled to several mission sites in the world. She taught Home Economics, Music, and English. Her travels took her to the countries of Thailand, Africa, Nicaragua, & India.
Her faith was very important to her and she served in many capacities on local, state, and national American Baptist boards and committees. Amy & Edgar were passionate supporters of Camp Judson in the Black Hills.
Amy received the Good Neighbor Award in 1989. In 2002 she became a resident of Westhills Village. She often said "this is a beautiful place to be, it is comfortable here."
She is survived by two daughters, Susan (Gary) Reed and Beverly (Gary) Outtrim, both of Rapid City; one son, Paul (Pat) Barber of Rapid City; a daughter-in-law, Linda Barber Kooiker of Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edgar (1983) and youngest son, Roger in 2002.
Memorial Services will be at 10am on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Rapid City with Rev. Chuck Landon officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to First Baptist of Rapid City, and Camp Judson of Keystone.
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Ellen Bishop
Record added: Jul 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93721797
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