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Louise M. Barnes

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BENNINGTON -- Eleanor Louise Marriott Barnes, 90, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, in Bennington.

She was so loved by her daughters, Judith Barnes of Menands, N.Y., and Jacqueline Barnes of Arlington, and by her sweetie, Robert Barnes, her husband for 61 years, who died in February 2001.

She was also loved by others who had become part of her family: Mark and Melody Niles, Vincent Lepera and everyone in the Lepera family, George Relan, Erick James, Mary Cowan, Fanny Roblin, Linda Converse, Kathy and Brittany Godin, Margie Clark, Linda Main, Cindy MacLeod, Lori Szabo, MJ Thompson and John Hurley.

For the care and comfort given to their mom, the girls are very grateful to Dr. Peter Witham, Sue Witham and everyone in his office; Dr. Charles Salem and his staff; Dr. Marisa Friscia and her staff; the supportive people at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington; the Rev. Anita Schell-Lambert of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington; Gary Ameden, Esq., and his staff; the Bennington Rescue Squad, and the kind people at her favorite restaurants, Jensen’s in Bennington and Milano in Latham, N.Y., where she loved to eat and chat. The girls also deeply appreciate the love and comfort they received from their own friends.

The daughter of an engineer and an artist, Mom said she was both; she loved building a family and proudly told everyone that her works of art were her girls. She was a truth teller whose great courage, spirit, grace and wit helped her rise above the grim realities of her final weeks. She was a lady to the end and an inspiration to her girls, who feel privileged to have been her daughters, her friends and her protectors on that final journey.

She asked that anyone wanting to honor her or the spirit of mothers everywhere, could make a contribution in her memory to The Global Child (www.theglobalchild.org), a small school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, that her daughter Judith has helped friends create and sustain. The school has saved the lives of 26 children and provided them with a safe home, a rigorous education and a future. Contributions for The Global Child, Inc., which is a 501c3, can be sent to Gene A. Besaw & Associates, PC., 401 E. Main Street, P. O. Box 949, Newport, VT 05855-0949.

At the request of the family, interment will be private. To send the family e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home 213 west Main Street, Bennington, Vt.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 24, 2006
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