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Donna Barnes


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Donna Barnes Obituary
Donna Barnes passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 at The Willows Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot.

She was born Feb. 25, 1923 in Idaho Falls, the fifth child of Orson A. and E. Elnora Shipley. Her earlier years were spent in Osgood, Idaho and Alpine, Wyo. She loved the freedom of farm life, but also had an adventurous spirit and left the cold winters in Alpine behind, settling in Idaho Falls. Later, she moved to California where she enrolled in cosmetology school and became a proficient hairdresser like her older sisters. She eventually became the co-owner of a hair salon with her sister, Lucile, in San Jose, Calif.

She married a widower, Ronald E. Barnes; the father of three children, on March 18, 1961. They were both very active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Donna was a great counselor to the wives and children of the veterans. They moved often, but spent most of their married life in San Jose. After their retirement, they moved to Paradise, Calif., and became popular with the branch there, traveling around Northern California as ambassadors of the Paradise Post. They also became ministers and experienced great joy uniting couples in marriage.

Donna was a caregiver to many less fortunate than she and loved to offer guidance to those seeking to combat addiction of any kind.

After the death of her husband, on March 30, 1992, she became caregiver to her sister, Lucile, who suffered a stroke and also lost her husband. She loved being a mom to her stepchildren. In return, they loved her sense of humor and ability to see the fun side of life. In her stepdaughter's words, "Donna was such a caregiver to so many throughout her life, without a thought for herself, and how it might impact her own life."

She loved doing ceramics with her grandchildren, crossword puzzles, and art of all kinds.

In 2005, at age 82, it was difficult for her to live alone in California; so her nieces and nephews moved her to Blackfoot and became her "family."

In late 2007, she became a resident of The Willows Assisted Living Center, where she passed away peacefully in her sleep at age 92. We will miss her impeccable appearance, her sense of style, and her unique sense of humor. We know there is a wonderful reunion going on with those who have passed on long ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her siblings and their spouses, Floyd O. Shipley (Leone), Merrill (Helen), Margaret E. Mayor (Bill), and B. Lucile Goldman (Don); a stepdaughter, Pamela Barnes San Miguel; a niece, Colleen Kay Shipley; a nephew, E. Dean Shipley; and her parents.

She is survived by a stepson, Barry Barnes (Mary Ann) of Mt. Shasta, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Sheila McBride (Mickey) of Discovery Bay, Calif.; four step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grand-children; a niece, Karen Lyeth (Bruce), Davis, Calif.; a nephew, Vernal Shipley (Marlene), Phoenix, Ariz.; a nephew, Ronald F. Shipley (LaNette), Colorado Springs, Colo.; and her "Idaho Family" JoBeth Bradley (LaVar), O. DeVaughn Shipley (Pat), Juanita Shipley (Dean-deceased) all of Blackfoot; LeRoy C. Shipley, Firth; Douglas B. Shipley (Sue) Idaho Falls; and a special friend at The Willows, Ray Manley.

The family wishes to thank the many caregivers during her years at The Willows for their kind and constant care. There will be a graveside service on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Chesterfield cemetery at 11 a.m. for family and friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on June 23, 2015
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