Thursday, December 18, 2014



Josephine Ann “Jo Anne” Sheldon Barker, 93, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at the Lodge of Rocky Hollow, Georgetown, Texas, surrounded by family and her devoted caregivers.

Arrangements are by Beck Funeral Home, Cedar Park, Texas.

She was born March 17, 1921, in Ottawa, Kansas, to Clarence Milton and Jessie Virginia Sheldon.

She spent her early years growing up with her three brothers, John Sargent, Herbert Franklin, and Edwin Morris, in the small town of Ottawa, Kansas.

She attended college at Ottawa University and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Jo Anne traveled to Cuba to visit her brother, Franklin, who was living there at the time. Being the adventuresome type, she moved from her small town in Kansas and went to live and work in San Francisco, where she met her husband, Leonard Legriel Barker.

They were married in October 1947 and settled in Walnut Creek, California, where they raised their children. When they retired in 1980, they moved to Prescott, Arizona.

Jo Anne always had a passion for writing and spent much of her retirement researching family genealogy. The three books she wrote were written as historical novels based on facts and true characters.

Jo Anne and Len also spent many years traveling the country in a motor home. They had a fascination with the explorers Lewis and Clark. So they traveled to many of the places along the Lewis and Clark Trail. They also were avid birders and spent much of their time birding.

Jo Anne’s beloved Len died in 2011. They were married for 64 years.

Jo Anne was always a dear friend to the people she met. She always fought for the injustices in the world and supported many causes.

She had a strong sense of family.

Survivors include a son, Leonard Sheldon Barker and wife, Jeanne, Boise, Idaho; daughter Victoria Legriel Strauss and husband, Samuel, Round Rock, Texas; four grandchildren, Chris Barker, Denver, Colorado, Ben Barker, Morristown, New Jersey, Jessica Thomas, Leander, Texas, and David Strauss, San Antonio, Texas; and two great-granddaughters, Laria Rebecca Barker and Madelyn Josephine Thomas, who were born Aug. 6, 2014, within hours of each other.

She will be sorely missed.

An online guest book is available at

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