Anne (Barker) Mace

June 1931 - Jan. 3, 2020

Anne (Barker) Mace, 88, formerly of Cove, died Jan. 3 in Sequim, Washington. A memorial service and celebration of her life will begin at 2 p.m. March 7 at Faith Episcopal Church, 20295 Little Valley Road, Poulsbo, Washington. Arrangements are under the direction of Lewis Chapel of Bremerton, Washington.

Anne was born in June 1931 in La Grande. She was adopted by Guy and Erma (Brown) Barker, who owned an 80-acre farm on the outskirts of Cove where they lived for Anne’s first 10 years or so. She had a happy and rich childhood with parents who raised dairy cows, pigs and produce that were traded and sold to survive the Great Depression. Anne helped with many chores and followed her father around to watch him tackle the challenges of working the farm.

Anne especially enjoyed the illustrated adventure stories her mother read to her and was inspired to illustrate her own stories on newsprint roll ends. She attended the one-room Cove School, a 3-mile round trip walk. For third and fourth grades, she rode the bus to a larger school in town. Other highlights from childhood were special occasions with relatives, including grandparents who were early Oregon settlers.

In 1941, the Barkers sold the farm and Guy embarked on a career that involved frequent relocations throughout northern Oregon. The family lived in Milton-Freewater, Parkdale, Hood River and the Dunthorpe area of Portland, where Anne attended fifth and sixth grades at Riverdale School. Later they moved to the coastal towns of Tillamook and Astoria, and Anne graduated from Astoria High School in 1949.

Anne earned an elementary education degree in the spring of 1954 from what is now Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where she met her future husband, Richard “Dick” Mace. They were married in February 1954 and had six children. At the time of her passing, Anne had 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Anne’s early formative years were shaped in the countryside of Cove, and she held fond memories of the area. Her family would love to know more about this time in her life. Anyone who has memories to share is asked to contact Katherine at 503-739-2088. To view Anne’s complete obituary, visit

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