Arthena Barefield(1921 - 2012)

Arthena Barefield July 4, 1921 - December 30, 2012 God called Arthena Barefield home as she slept the morning of December 30, 2012. She triumphed in life, love and sickness -- finishing this race victoriously. She lived an exemplary, godly life. She was born on July 4, 1921, in Charleston, Missouri, into a Christian family. Her parents, Will and Ellen West moved their family to Ullin,Illinois. She attended Westside Elementary School and graduated from 8th grade. She met her soul mate early in life and on October 28, 1939, she married Archie Arkall Barefield. They lived in Madison, Illinois. They had 13 children, six survived. In 1961, they moved to Bakersfield, California. Arthena loved God.The family attended Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ where Arthena served faithfully. Together Archie and Arthena gave their time, talent and resources to help others. Throughout her life Arthena sowed seeds of love, service and excellence with a joyful heart. Blessed with an abundance of wonderful memories and enduring love, Arthena leaves: her children, Alice Mae Hill, Archie Jr., Barletha, Jennifer, Karen and Sharon Barefield; grandchildren Sonia Martinez, Thomasina and LaShawn Barefield, Todd and Koy Hill, Chloe Heard and Kevin Harris, eight great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a host of relatives whom she loved. Arthena was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Sr., both her parents and 10 siblings. Her homegoing celebration will be on Saturday, January 12th at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Chapel Church Of God In Christ. Jesse E. Cooley Jr. Funeral Service

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 13, 2013