Shirley Anne Harris Barker

  • Born: March 19, 1921
  • Died: June 10, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Shirley Barker passed away on June 10, 2019 at the age of 98. She had lived in San Antonio, Texas since 2008.

Born on March 19, 1921 to Minnie Klaff Harris and Archie J. Harris in Norfolk, Virginia, Shirley grew up with her younger sister, Betty. After graduating from Maury High School, Shirley attended Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

She moved to Washington, D. C. in 1942 to take a job with the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime intelligence agency of the United States.

She first met Samuel Barker while in Washington and they married on December 13, 1942. When World War II ended, they moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland and began raising a family. Shirley was an enthusiastic participant in many of the cultural and political activities of the era and loved to travel, especially to Europe.

Shirley Barker is survived by her three loving children, Susan, Jonathan and David Barker, her grandchildren, Joshua and Nicholas Barker, and her sister, Betty Zetlin.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Azalea Room at The Towers, One Towers Park Lane, San Antonio.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the ACLU, Doctors without Borders or a charity of your choice.