Amalie attended Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where she completed the requirements for a Major in English and a Minor in History. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oakland City College and a Master in Education from Indiana University.
Her first teaching experience was in a rural school with fifty-three children, ranging in age from five thru sixteen years. She taught in the Missouri Schools and was a substitute teacher in the Vanderburgh County school system. She found the greatest challenge was teaching the child who was difficult to love and it most rewarding when she could also help them learn and develop socially and spiritually. Her motto was "A child may have many problems, but love, understanding and patience can prevent him from developing into a problem."
Amalie was active in Parent Teacher Associations, filling many positions including the office of PTA President at Dexter School. She was a Girl Scout leader for sixteen years, taught and served as teacher and committee member for Child Evangelism Fellowship for several years.
For many years she was a Sunday school teacher of 4th grade and the Director of Children‚s Worship at Calvary Baptist Church in Evansville.
She was a member of the Mary Anthony McGary Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and filled many offices, including serving as Regent. She was very proud to have seven ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War.
Other activities in which she participated, were the Robert Morris Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Tom Johnson Chapter of the Daughters of 1812. She was a member of the „Hunt Family Foundation International‰ and other family related organizations. She was also a member of the auxiliaries of the Gideons, Youth for Christ, and Welborn Baptist Hospital.
Amalie was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Adam Ford.
She is survived by; her husband of 68 years, Hugh S. Barger and her three daughters, Joyce B. Poling (John), Carol B. Cole (Mike), and Gloria J. Barger (Kris Crossley). One of her favorite roles was that of being a grandmother. She cherished her four granddaughters, Michele Ritchey, Marcy Reeb, Elizabeth Hanigan and Alexandra Croger, and her five great-granddaughters, Julie and Macy Ritchey, Mackenzie and Caroline Reeb and Tierney Hanigan. She is also survived by her brothers Thomas, Granville and Rivers Ford.
The family is very grateful for the wonderful care and concern given to Amalie by Kim Vierling, Donna Daughtery, Delight Knapp and Tammy Koch.
Services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 4, 2006 at Alexander East Chapel, officiated by Reverend Don Moore and Reverend George Dooms. Friends may visit Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 P.M. at Alexander East Chapel. Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 5 at Dexter Cemetery in Dexter, MO.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Amalie Ford Barger Scholarship Fund. Arrangements by Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue. Condolences may be made online at www.mem.com.