KINGS MOUNTAIN - Michele Barabas "Shelly" Barnes, 57, passed away Dec. 15, 2013, at the Robin Johnson House after a courageous battle with cancer.
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She will always be remembered for her wonderful smile and her ability to recognize the good in everything and everyone.
Shelly was born Dec, 29, 1955, daughter of the late Joe and Louise Barabas.
She is survived by her loving husband of twenty-five years Bobby Barnes, sons Robert Barnes (Robbie) and wife Jennifer of Kings Mountain, and Mat-thew Barnes of the home; brothers, Robert Joseph "Bob" Barabas of Chicago, Martin Joseph Barabas and wife Nicole of Forest City; father and mother-in-law, Ed and Elizabeth Barnes of Dallas, brother and sisters-in-law, Steve and Dianne Barnes of Gastonia, Michael and Jay Barnes of Summerville, South Carolina and Joseph and Rebecca Barnes of Patterson Springs. Shelly is also blessed by numerous nephews who loved her very much. Shelly retired from BellSouth after 32 years of service.
The family will receive friends at from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home.
Christian Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michaels Catholic Church with Father Matthew Buettner and Deacon Andy Cilone officiating
Interment will follow at the Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain with the Releasing of the Doves.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Gaston Hospice, P O Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the wonderful staff of the Robin Johnson House for their excellent care and loving support to Shelly and the family.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com.
The family is being cared for by Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Rd Gastonia, 704-864-5144.
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home
2916 Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 17, 2013