LEE — Lynne Mason Barnes, 71, of Lee, N.H., passed away May 31, 2010, Memorial Day, following a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 2, 1938, to Ruperta Mason (Clough) and Milton James Barnes in Malden, Mass. She spent her youth in the eastern states before moving to Boulder, Colo., in her teens. She graduated from Boulder High School and then attended two years of college at the Colorado Womens College in Denver, Colo. She returned to the East Coast, where she finished college obtaining her teaching degree. She taught elementary education for 19 years in the Townsend, Vt. area. After retirement, she lived in Florida and Winter Park, Colo., for several years, eventually returning to the East Coast where she finally settled in Lee.
Lynne enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Nothing made her happier than doing kind deeds for others. You never found her without a smile on her face and kind words to say. She lived her life to the fullest with her many trips to see different areas of the United States to traveling to Colorado to spend time with her family there. She was one of the most patriotic people around, joining the Pease greeters, to show her appreciation for the men and women who serve our country. No matter what the weather was, she was at the airport to greet the troops coming home. She always made sure to thank anyone for serving our country who she saw in any type of military clothing, whether it be their military uniforms or just someone on the street wearing a logo on a T-shirt or hat indicating that they had served for us. There wasn't a patriotic song played that didn't bring a tear to her eye. Every day was Memorial Day for Lynne.
She was proceeded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her niece, Kelly Rarden and her children, Krista and Lauren Rarden, and Logan Burnett; her nephew, Brian Barnes and his children, Morgan and Jordan Barnes; her brother, Stuart Barnes and her sister-in-law, Cathy Barnes, all of Longmont, Colo. She also leaves behind many special cousins and many good friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.
Funeral arrangements and cremation are being handled by Foley Funeral Home in Keene, N.H. A graveside service will be held July 31 at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions to Pease Greeters, 63 Winnicutt Road, Stratham, NH 03885.
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