Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

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Yolanda Barker

Passed away on August 19, 2020

Yolanda Barker (nee Camacho), age 79, late of Momence and formerly of the East Side, passed away August 19, 2020.  Beloved wife of the late Bobby Lee Barker.  Loving mother of  late infant Bobby Lee Barker, Donna (Al) Kortas, Pamela (Mark) O’Hara and Lisa (Hector) Mendoza.  Cherished grandmother of Lindsay (Kevin) Darchuck, Jessica (Brian) Minor, Scarlett and Jack O’Hara, Savannah (David) Rutherford, Alex , Marissa Yolanda "Ry" , Nina, Mateo, Hector Jr. and Jessica Mendoza.  Adored great grandmother of Makayla, Delaney and Willow Darchuck, Lilah and Violet Rutherford and Isaac Mendoza.  Devoted daughter of the late Refugio and late Andrellita Camacho.  Dearest sister of Leroy (Gloria) Chavez, Barbara Hendricks, late Raul (Shirley) Camacho,Sylvia (late Elmo) Barker, late Helen (late Tony) Kusiak, late Robert (Jolene) Camacho,  Irene (late Francisco) Lopez and Ruben Camacho.  Dear sister-in-law of Loubirl (late Marvis) Brown and too many to name but much loved other Barker’s in-law. Fond aunt of many many nieces and nephews.  Her sister-in -law Jolene Camacho was her sidekick and like another daughter to her. 

 Yolanda grew up in East Chicago and married the love of her life Bobby Barker in 1959, shortly after graduating from Roosevelt High School. She was a former employee of H & R Block on the East Side. Yolanda was a woman with a very strong faith in God. She attended, and was very active in East Side Community Church (formerly East Side Baptist Church).  She also enjoyed playing Bunco with her lady friends (same group for over 40 years).  Her other hobbies were, eating (it was very impressive how much this little woman could eat), and talking on the phone with her sister Sylvia. But what gave her the most joy was spending time with her family. She liked to think that her children were perfect, and we thank all of you, who knew otherwise for letting her live in her happy bubble. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joys of her lifeThanks to Mamaw's loving reminders, they will never forget to eat their vegetables.

A public visitation for Yolanda will be held  at East Side Community Church, 10701 S. Ave N, Chicago, Illinois , on Saturday August 29th from 10-12. Because of Covid restrictions,  the memorial, which will follow immediately ,  will be invitation only. Arrangements entrusted to Elmwood Chapel, Chicago. 773-731-2749 www.elmwoodchapel.com

Funeral Service:
East Side Community Church-BY INVITATION ONLY
10701 S. Avenue N
Chicago, Illinois 60617
Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Visitation Location

East Side Community Church
10701 S. Avenue N
Chicago, Illinois 60617

Visitation Information

Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm

"Pam I always enjoyed talking with your Mom on the phone when she moved upstairs. She reminded me of my mom and it was so easy to talk to her. It was never a quick conversation and I understood that. We’ll be like that one day, just happy to have to someone to talk about whatever. She was always so sweet. I doubt she had a mean bone in her. I pray you, your sisters and the rest of the family will take comfort knowing she’s with your dad and her parents and no longer in any kind of pain. "
- Pam Dwyer
August 22, 2020 10:32 pm

"I am so sorry to hear that she passed away. My mom,Kerstin, and her were such great friends. They will be dancing with the angels together along with Marilyn & Gloria. Prayers to all of you. She was a wonderful lady and I also have great memories of her."
August 28, 2020 8:37 pm

Candles Lit
"with love and prayers to the family she was a very special sister in law will sure be miss "
- Jackie Barker
August 22, 2020 4:51 pm