In Memory


Sandy Barker

Sandra "Sandy" Barker

Sandra (Sandy) Jean Barker age 63 (08-29-1956- 01-10-2020) lost her battle with stage 4 renal cell cancer.  Despite the challenges, she never lost her sense of humor or wit.  She faced her diagnosis with exceptional bravery and curiosity.  She read voraciously so that she was informed about her disease and treatment options. Her persistence lead her to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She was cared for by expert physicians and team members in biologic medication, Dr David McDermott and Virginia Seery NP.

She was born in Niles, Michigan to Joyce (Sibert) Barker and Carl Barker. Both preceded her in death, her mother at the young age of 50 and her father at age 69. She is survived by her brother Bruce Barker (Joann) Harrison Township Michigan. 

She graduated high school from Niles High School in Niles, Michigan. She went on to college at Western Michigan University. Sandy graduated with a BS in Physical Education in 1978. She moved to Florida shortly thereafter and eventually became a Registered Respiratory Therapist working at the bedside for many years and then pursued a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration. She worked as a Director of Pulmonary Care in several different states before coming back to Sarasota in 2014.

She was an avid Notre Dame fan especially in the era of Lou Holtz. She also loved her Boston Red Sox, attending several games at Fenway Park over the years.

One of her last and most endearing accomplishments was riding in the Pan Mass Challenge, a 192 mile bicycle ride to raise money for cancer research for Dana Farber. She was most proud to be standing with other cancer patients and survivors in the “Living Proof” photo.

She leaves behind her precious fur baby, Maddie, her cherished friend and loving companion, Terri Gable, as well as a long list of loving friends that have encouraged, supported and loved her throughout her life.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the future.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cancer Care Fund in memory of Sandra J Barker (Donate now) or your favorite charity.

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01/13/20 06:55 AM #1    

Wendy Rehm (Comar)

I am so sad to hear this.  She always made me laugh.  RIP dear Sandy!

01/14/20 01:29 AM #2    

Rex Carpenter

SAndy was the girl I skated with the most at Skate-a-rama for years. That was how I met her brother Bruce as he was into cars too. Rest In Peace Sandy you were a good friend inthe early school days. 


01/14/20 08:54 PM #3    

Katherine Holloway

Sandy, her family and mine lived out on the White Street area. It was not populated then and our families knew each other. My brother and I took a bus to Sumnerville school. Sandy and I would commiserate about having to stand in the freezing cold waiting for a bus to take us to a tiny cold brick building to learn from a cold teacher. She was funny. We would joke our way to school. She was sweet and funny. RIP Sandy. So sorry 😐 for our loss Also condolences to Bruce and Sandy’s loved ones. 

01/14/20 10:10 PM #4    

Tracy Reed

You could always count on Sandy to brighten your day. May she live on now in eternal sunshine. 

01/15/20 10:18 AM #5    

Steve Bender

Sandy made going to school fun every day!  I looked forward to that infectious squirly laugh and our arguments about everything.  She simply made everyone around her a better person.


01/16/20 09:03 AM #6    

Terri Bayles (Howells)

Home room was always fun because of Sandy! She made the world a better place. RIP

01/16/20 10:48 AM #7    

Tom Grathwohl

Such an infectious smile and personality! She will be missed!! ❤️🙏❤️
She fought hard ... Cancer Sucks!! 😢

01/17/20 11:07 AM #8    

Lynn Bassler (Porter)

OMG!!  Sandy Barker, we had lockers next to each other and you knew she ALWAYS had your back.  It seems like I towered over her she was a short but feisty gal.  She made me laugh EVERYDAY I got to see her!

Sandy I hope your up in heaven having a tall one and being as feisty as you were here on will be missed!  Lynn

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