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Margaret Jean (Rosser) Barker

August 27, 1934 ~ December 6, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Margaret Barker Obituary

Margaret Jean Rosser Barker, 89 of Pittsboro, North Carolina died December 6, 2023, at Chatham Hospital, Siler City, NC.

Margaret was born in Broadway, NC in 1934 to her parents Neil and Easter Rosser of Olivia, NC. She was one of the eleven children to be born to into the Rosser Family. As a little girl she would help her father and mother on their family farm and would attend church activities at Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church of Broadway where her father was a deacon. She would tell stories to her family of her time on the farm and her school days. One of the most famed was when she was in high school, she played on the school’s basketball team who completed for the State Championship at Reynolds Coliseum.

While out shopping at the dime store in Sanford, she met her husband, Chester “Gene” Barker, who courted her by stating to her mother he would marry Margaret. As fate would have it, they were married shortly after on June 21, 1952. She and Gene would enjoy many happy years of marriage that included the births of her 3 beloved boys, Steve, Tony, and Eddie Barker. Another of Margaret loves was all things beauty and fashion. She found her calling and after completing beauty school, she opened her own shop in Pittsboro that eventually moved locations and was directly across the street from Gene’s Barber Shop. Both Margaret and Gene were “in the hair business” as they stated and between them had 80 years of service to the people of Pittsboro. Alongside of her beauty salon she would also model for Talbots, compete in nationwide hair shows, sell Merle Norman cosmetics, and operate a small gift shop. These endeavors would give her family lots of stories, from her time traveling for the beauty shows to her customer’s gossip. She was able to retire in the mid-nineties where she enjoyed shopping trips to mall, vacationing at the beach, and time with family.

In death she is preceded by her beloved, Chester “Gene” Barker, her parents Neil, and Easter Rosser, and 8 of her siblings Josephine, James, Maude Agnes, Gilbert, Clara Bell, Landon, Nelson, Richard. Left to cherish her memory are her boys; Steve Barker (Diane), Tony Barker, Eddie Barker (Lorie). She is also loved by 5 grandchildren: Jason, Heather, Lynsi, Taylor, and Carson, 3 great grandchildren and her surviving sisters Mary Rosser Thomas, and Mayme Joyce Rosser Carter.

The family will receive friends in honor of Margaret’s life on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at Donaldson’s Funeral Home from 2-4 pm. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that you make a Christmas donation to Jamie’s Vision, a non-profit of Pittsboro NC that supports the children of Chatham County. Margaret loved Christmas, and she loved to shop, and your donation would help commemorate her Christmas Spirt in its fullest.         “I’ll see you later Shug”

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Memorial Gathering
December 13, 2023

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory
396 West Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312


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