1928 – 2018 On January 17, 2018, Lenora Barker Schonfeld Yeager, at the age of 89, died peacefully in her sleep after a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer. She passed peacefully in the presence of her son and her sister-in-law.
One personal moment ... one of her famous sayings was, “If you’re having a bad day, change your mind.” We believe she is singing, dancing, gardening, fishing and laughing in the presence of our God in Heaven and with those who went before her.
She is preceded in death by by her parents, Harry O. Barker Jr. and Lenora Murray Barker; her first husband, Melvin A. Schonfeld; her second husband, Dr. John M. Yeager; her brothers, Harry Barker and Paul Barker; and her sister, Mildred Barker Broussard.
We happily believe she will live on in the lives of those who have survived her…
She is survived by her children John W. Schonfeld (Jack) and his wife, Marlene; by her daughter, Lenora Schonfeld Goff (Sissie), her husband, David A. Goff, and her grandson, Eric W. Goff; by her stepson, the Honorable Judge Thomas M. Yeager, and his wife, Frances Yeager, their children and her grandchildren, Hunter Yeager, Will Yeager and McKenzie Yeager. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Sarah Yeager Childers, her spouse and their children.
She was the oldest child of 14 children, and is survived by the following of them: Warren Barker, John Barker, Pat Barker, Clair Duff, Margaret Broce, Jane Sweeney, Joan Edgar, Martha Landry, Judy John, and Pam Brooks, all of their respective spouses. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lenora was a cumulative graduate of Grand Coteau, Louisiana College, Northwestern State University and LSUA, where all total she earned her Masters Degree and her Plus Thirty in Education.
She was a lifelong educator and she touched the lives of countless children who are still affected by her role in their lives.
Throughout her life, she had many interests and hobbies, some of which were: art, playing violin in the symphony, singing in various musicals, operas and choirs, and most recently singing in her most beloved choir at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church with her beloved sisters and brothers in Christ.
She was a passionate gardener and an award winning horticulturist. She judged numerous flower shows and shared her wealth of knowledge and fun at meetings of the Alexandria Garden Club, where she was a member for many years. She was a co-chair of the Horticulture Committee there.
Lenora earned her Master Gardeners certification at the age of 78 and was thrilled about that. She was inducted into the Circle of Roses. Our Mother’s love for gardening was one of the highlights of every aspect of her beautiful life.
Lenora was an active volunteer around the community. She loved her time at Kent Plantation House helping to tend the gardens, raise funds from garden sales, teach children in the garden, and more.
She also volunteered at Manna House, where feeding the poor was so very much a part of who she was. It is something that started in her core character during The Depression as she and her family shared with others who needed their help. She was always ready to help and served anyone in true need.
A celebration of her life will be held at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church with mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. A celebration reception will be held after the mass at the church premises.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Manna House, or to Kent Plantation House, to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.
Thank you for sharing in our love for our Mother, Lenora Barker Schonfeld Yeager.