Theresa Hannon Barker was the backbone of her family, leading her family with a deep faith in God and a dry sense of humor, her children said.
“She lived her faith before the whole world, but I never saw her try to impose her beliefs on another person,” said her son, John Hannon.
Theresa Finn Hannon Barker, 92, most recently of Brownsburg, Ind., and previously of Gary, died April 10.
She began teaching at Wirt High School in 1946, teaching chemistry, physics and math. After taking a break in her career to raise her seven children, she began teaching at Edison High School in 1962, and then returned to Wirt High School in 1965. After the death of her first husband, she moved to Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Edward R. Hannon, in 1975. She was preceded in death by her husband of five years, Jim Barker, in 1991.
Joan Malone said her mother was always willing to take advantage of an opportunity, whether it be to move in with an aunt in Massachusetts as a young girl or move to Texas after the death of her first husband.
She traveled with friends, including trips to Taos, San Francisco and Ireland.
“She wasn’t a thrill seeker, but when she saw an open window, she looked at it and said, ’OK, I’m going through,’” her daughter said.
Hannon said his mother set a high bar for all of their children to live up to.
“Her main focus was always her family and her faith,” he said. “I hope we all try to live our lives as she would expect, and as she demonstrated every day of her life.”
“She never tried to push anyone in one direction or another,” she said. “She told people they could do anything they wanted to do, and them encouraged and supported them in everything they attempted to do.”