The Eleanor Elizabeth Barker Memorial Garden was dedicated on Saturday, May 14, outside Dean Hall. The lovely campus garden where the friends met provided the perfect spot to remember the beautiful blonde-haired little girl who loved to swing, Phil and Kelly Barker’s daughter and Jack’s sister, Ella.
This very special place on campus provides a peaceful place for meditation, relaxation, and reflection. The beautiful garden will provide a lasting legacy honoring Ella’s life and her love of swinging. Nestled among the Live Oak Memorial established in 1919 to honor the College’s World War I alumni casualties, the garden completed in early May 2011 already has become a favorite spot among students for conversation and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.
A simple plaque marks the area: “This garden is dedicated to the memory of Eleanor Elizabeth Barker who loved to swing.” The plaque also includes the quotation, “In the last analysis, all moments are key moments and life itself is grace.”