Cleo Ella (Swanson) Barnes(1918 - 2013)

Cleo Barnes, 94, of Farmington, passed away in Farmington, on June 23, 2013, from pneumonia.
Cleo grew up in Lakewood, N.Y. She graduated in Fine Arts from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., in 1941, and belonged to Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Delta Epsilon. She married Richard A. Barnes in 1943.
In Longmont, Colo., (1949-1970) where Cleo and Dick raised their family, she was the church organist and an accomplished pianist. She belonged to AAUW and PEO and was a 4-H leader.
Cleo and Dick moved to Boulder, Colo., (1970-1988), where she was Secretary, Department of Oriental Languages, at the University of Colorado.
In Belton, Texas, (1988-1998) Cleo was a member of the Historical Society and the Sportsmans Club (fishing) of Bell County. Her interest in plants led her to join the Native Plant Society of Texas.
In Farmington (1998-2013), Cleo served as a board member for Salmon Ruins. She supported Theatre Ensemble Arts and HHPC at San Juan College, and the Native Plant Society of NM and was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.
She is preceded by her husband, Richard A. Barnes; brothers, John Parker Swanson and Arthur Andre Swanson Jr., and grandchildren, Drew and Whitney Barnes.
She is lovingly remembered by her children, Gina Barnes (David Hughes) of Durham, UK, Andrea Greenaker (Rick) of Farmington, Robert Barnes (Kelley) of Florence, Colo., and James Barnes (Mary) of Leadville, Colo.; grandchildren, Katherine Barnes of Hotchkiss, Colo., Benjamin Barnes of Leadville, Colo., Robin Barnes of Denver, Colo., and her great-grandchildren, Echo, Xavier and Indigo Miller-Barnes of Hotchkiss, Colo.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 312 N. Orchard Ave., in Farmington, with Father Guy Mackey officiating.
Interment of ashes will follow at a later date at St. John's Cathedral in Denver, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cleo Barnes Tribute Acct. # 1085789 at The Nature Conservancy (1-800-628-6860 opt. 2) are very much welcomed.
Cleo's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.
Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.

Funeral Home

Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 325-8688

Published in Farmington Daily Times from July 11 to July 31, 2013