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Onita Schenk Barkley King Ahlen


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Onita Schenk Barkley King Ahlen
03-06-1934 — 04-14-2020

Onita Ahlen was born in St. Regis Falls, New York to William Schenk and Anna Elizabeth Bray Schenk. Onita graduated from St. Regis Falls, N.Y. high school and worked for Bell Telephone in Lake Placid, N. Y. Onita married Duane Barkley in 1951. Together they had one son, Bruce Barkley. Duane and Onita moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1982. In Mesa Onita continued working for the telephone company until she retired after 20 years. After she retired from the phone company Onita started working for America West Airlines in Mesa.

Eric King who had pastored Duane and Onita in Lake Placid N. Y. needed her to be a companion for his wife Laura. Onita accepted the challenge and moved to Roswell in 2002. After Laura passed away, Eric and Onita married in 2007 and she cared for him until he passed away at the age of 100. She married Jack Ahlen in June of 2015. They enjoyed only a year of marriage before Jack passed away.

Onita was involved with many church organizations including the United Methodist Women of which she was President at the time of her passing. She held many positions with Church Women United in Roswell. Her passion was Operation Christmas Child. She made many many gift boxes for hundreds of children in less fortunate countries. She has also been a Lay Speaker for at least 15 years and has preached the message at many churches in the Clovis District.

Survivors include her son Bruce and wife Cyndi of Marietta, Ga. 3 grandchildren Breanne Barkley also of Marietta, Travis Barkley and wife Amy of Dallas, Texas and Chelsy and husband Johnny Van Vliet of Oregon. 3 great-grandchildren also survive Onita.

Services will be on line at Trinity United Methodist Roswell’s Facebook on Saturday April 18th at 1:00 p.m.

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