Sophia Barker Pattee
Sophia Barker Pattee
  • May 7, 1926 - September 24, 2017
  • Kingwood, Texas

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Sophia Barker Pattee was born in Bozrah, Connecticut on May 7, 1926. Sophia passed away peacefully on September 24, 2017 in Kingwood, Texas at the age of 91.
She is preceded in death by her first husband of 43 years, Charles Barker, Jr.; her parents Phillip and Dora Kashchiy; sisters Helen Davis and Anne Chmurynski.
Sophia is survived by her second husband of 22 years, Robert Pattee of Kingwood, TX; son Raymond Barker and wife Rebecca of Kingwood, TX; daughter Starr Balmer and husband Daniel of Mystic, CT; 4 grandsons, Kenny lee and wife Amy of Kerrville, TX, Spencer Balmer of Mystic, CT, Douglas Barker and wife Katherine of Cypress, TX and Darrell Barker and wife Stacie of Boerne, TC[ 2 great-granddaughters, Bonnie Lee and Briella Barker; and 2 great-grandsons, Colton Barker and Westley Barker.
Sophia grew up on a small farm in Bozrah, Connecticut during the great depression. Her first eight years of school were all in a one-room schoolhouse. From there she went on to high school at Norwich Free Academy and then on to college at the University of Connecticut where she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1948. Shortly after graduation, Sophia was offered a position to teach elementary school, which quickly became her passion. She had a career teaching 4th grade for a total of 28 years.
Sophia met her first husband, Charles Barker, in early 1949 and following a relatively short courtship was married in Bozrah, CT on August 21, 1949. They settled in North Stonington, CT for the next 40 years where they raised their two children. Sophia was a stay-at-home mom during her children's preschool years but she successfully balanced her teaching career with motherhood once her children started school.
Sophia and Charles retired in 1983 and remained in Connecticut until 1989 when they moved to Port Richey, Florida until Charles' death in 1992. Sophia then moved to New Port Richey, FL and in 1995 married Robert Pattee. They remained there until 2015 when they moved to Kingwood, TX.
Sophia had many interests that included singing, traveling, reading, painting and playing bridge. Her singing experiences included singing in her church choir and participating in a musical ensemble called the New London Chorale. Over the years, she took numerous trips around the country, overseas trip t many countries and many cruises. Sophia was a prolific reader having recorded reading approximately 3000 books over the last 50 years. She had a great interest in reading about English history.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Kingwood Funeral Home.