Ann Barker

Born: Sat., Oct. 20, 1928
Died: Wed., Nov. 30, 2016

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 07, 2017
Location: Augusta Community Church


11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 07, 2017
Location: Augusta Youth Center

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Ann Welden Barker, a long-time resident of Augusta, Montana passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home surrounded by family on Nov 30, 2016. Ann was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa Oct 20, 1928 to Ernie (EZ) and Helen Welden. She joined an older brother Dave and sister Molly. They lived on the bank of the Iowa River where she spent many carefree days of her youth adventuring, and enjoying the outdoors. After graduation, she attended Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls and worked as an X-Ray tech in Minneapolis. In 1950, she married her best friend, Max from up the street. They started out married life farming, and had a herd of dairy cows. In 1976, Max & Ann moved from Iowa to Montana and purchased the JJJ Ranch. Although they had grown up with livestock and were experienced horsemen, the challenges of running a dude ranch and backcountry business took sheer will and hard work, with many hilarious stories along the way. Ann loved the outdoors more than the indoors her entire life, enjoying long walks, horseback riding, birding and gardening. She was a woman of strong faith in Jesus, sweet and loving, a blessing to all who knew her. Ann is survived by daughters Wendy (Chuck) Barton, Jane (John) Phillips, Christa (Kirk) Mattingly, son Ernie (Kim) Barker; grandchildren, Emily Barton, Gabe Barton, Jessie (Jason) Mikita, Alyssa (Joe) Nardinger, Brita (Josh) McKenzie), Aliya Vazquez, Kate Mattingly, Wilson (Renee) Mattingly, Hannah (Eric) Dunn, Kelsey (Joe) Kerney, and Hayley Barker; great grandchildren, Jordan, Charlie, Anna, Max, Lane, Caleb, Grady, Daniel, Clara, Paul, Evelyn, Gage, Soren, Scarlett, Moses, Zander, Waylon and Halli, Walker and Gwendolyn. Services will be at 11:00 am January 7, 2017 at the Augusta Community Church followed by a luncheon at the Augusta Youth Center. Memorials suggested to Augusta Community Church benevolent fund, Augusta, Montana 59410. Condolences may be left on-line at

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Mark and Karen Simpson
   Posted Wed December 07, 2016
We are very sorry Ann has left "this earthly scene", but we are sure she's enjoy much better scenery now. We enjoyed very much our times with her and Max, always challenging, caring and rewarding. We pray that the peace the angel's sang, that we remember, will fill your hearts.

Millie (Allen) Kindle
   Posted Wed December 14, 2016
Christa and family
Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Prayers with you and your family at this time.

Elaine Capesius
   Posted Wed December 14, 2016

So sorry to hear of Ann's passing. She was a good friend of my mother. Peace to the family.

Connie and Gerald Wearley and Clint
   Posted Wed December 14, 2016
We have lost a wonderful, beautiful, kind Ann but know she will no longer suffer the pain of her disease. Sincere sympathy to all of your family. Ann was such a sweet, caring, kind person. Many memories will sustain you as your hearts heal.
Connie, Gerald and Clint

Deana Lamma Henderson & Family
   Posted Wed December 14, 2016
Ann and Max Barker are two of the most wonderful people. I got to know them, when we Lived in Augusta. My thoughts and Prayers for all their Children, Grand children and Great Grandchildren. She will be truly missed!!! She is a wonderful down to Earth and Nature ladies ever!!! Love to you all Love Deana and Craig Henderson

Ann Ward-Turner
   Posted Thu December 15, 2016
May the peace of God that passes understanding comfort your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Praising the Lord with you that your mother and grandmother will be spending her first Christmas with her Heavenly Father and so shall she ever be with the Lord! With love and prayers!

   Posted Tue December 20, 2016
Sorry about Ms. Ann. Her life was filled with many funning stories that can be left to ponder on when the family feels sad. I will pray that the family can come together with many memories to help them. John 5:28,29

Peggy Wiechman Carlson
   Posted Sat December 31, 2016
There's something very precious about friends who follow us through time; people who have known us over the course of our lives and even though our paths separate, the shared experiences keep us connected. Ann leaves us with lots of sweet memories and a wonderful legacy in her dear family. The earth will miss Ann Barker and our Wiechman family shares the loss in yours.

Gene and Linda Sentz
   Posted Sat January 07, 2017
Ann was a great lady. Our condolences to all of Ann's wonderful family. Best wishes...

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