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Anna Louis (Smith) Barton


06/04/1924 - 04/29/2014 Obituary
Anna Louis (Smith) Barton Obituary
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 6 at 10am at Union Cemetery,730 Potomac Avenue in Bakersfield. A viewing is scheduled at Mission Family Mortuary on Monday, May 5 from 3pm until 6pm.
Although her name was Anna Louise, she always went by Louise.
She was born in Bristow, Oklahoma , but grew up on a farm near Wagoner, Oklahoma, later moving to Decatur, Arkansas. At the age of 15, Louise left Arkansas in search of her father in California. She then moved to Bakersfield to help a family friend raise her children. It was in Bakersfield, at Kern Union High School, that Louise met the friends she would maintain over the course of her life. These women, and eventually their husbands and children, became the extended family that Louise always wanted. Many nights were spent laughing, talking, eating cake and drinking coffee at the kitchen tables of these wonderful people. Through these friends, she met her future husband and love of her life, the late Marvin Barton. They were married December 1, 1944.
Her first job after high school was working as a "Rosie the Riveter" building B-17s and the Constellation series of early passenger aircraft at Lockheed in Bakersfield from 1943 until the company left Bakersfield in 1957. Louise made the doors for each airplane's supercharger, and would often write her name and address on the inside of the door to be found by servicemen and women who became lifelong penpals. She also built, unbeknownst to her at the time, President Eisenhower's personal aircraft, the Columbine. Louise also worked as a dog groomer, and rocked an entire generation of babies at Fruitvale Community Church and Riverlakes Community Church nurseries, becoming "Miss Louise" to many children that would eventually bring their children to her for her sweet, gentle care.
While working at Lockheed, Louise welcomed her first and only child, a daughter named Sandra Lea, in 1946. Sandra married the late Robert Holland in 1970 and gave Louise three grandchildren that were the apple of her eye. She adored spending time with her grandchildren, listening to their adventures and looking at their pictures. In recent years, her great-granddaughters were a source of joy for her and she cherished every moment she could spend with them. She was unconditional in her love when it came to her family and would do anything in her power to help them. Louise also was subtly funny and witty, leaving unknowing people stunned.
She was a charter member of the Kern County Kennel Club. She enjoyed showing Bedlington Terriers for more than 20 years and tried her best to always attend local dog shows.
She loved animals and treated them with respect, and any pet she had was treated as a family member, whether it was a dog, cat, or a chicken.
Louise leaves behind her daughter, Sandra Lea Holland; her grandsons, John and Joel Holland; granddaughter Janine and her husband, Josh Clements; great-granddaughters, Paige and Abby Clements; neighbor and longtime coffee friend, Jan Bradley; her honorary "son", Joe Wells, and his sister, Louise Gooding; her other honorary "son", Jim Bradley; her faithful dog, Ernie, and an astronomical number of people who were profoundly blessed to have known her.
Louise lived a simple, beautiful, Christian,loved-filled life, that she shared with family and friends. She is now waiting for us all in heaven, and will greet us with a hug when we join her. And, in her own words,
"Don't believe what AARP says about growing old. It's not as glamorous as they make it look."
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 4, 2014
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