Dorothy Louise Barnett
4/25/1941 - 3/2/2014
Dorothy Louise Barnett was called home and reunited with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 2, 2014. She was born near the City of Norman in rural Oklahoma April 25, 1941, the daughter of Frankie Elizabeth (Thompson) and Willie Hershel Millsap and was the first of their four children. She grew up in Oklahoma surrounded by and living with lots of family and it was there that she learned much of the values she incorporated into her life, a love for The Lord, loyalty to family, hard work and sacrifice, and to nurture family.
Dorothy moved to Idaho in the late 1960's where she met the love of her life, George Raimond Barnett in Boise. They were married in Twin Falls on May 10, 1968. George's work took the family to Pocatello where they raised their family. She also learned her love for nursing and graduated from Idaho State University. She practiced nursing for many years and loved her patients dearly. She and George raised three children ... son James (Dale); daughter Rhonda; and son Charles while living in Pocatello. After the children were grown, George's work transferred them to Grand Junction, Colorado where they lived 13 years, moving back to Boise in 2007.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband George in 2012, and her son Dale in 2013. She is survived by her daughter Rhonda Fisher of Pocatello, and son Charles Barnett of Boise. She is also survived by her sister Elva Dorris of Thousand Oaks, California, her brother Fred Millsap of Twin Falls, Idaho, her sister Barbara Ames of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and her sister Joann Franklin of Moore, Oklahoma, 9 grandchildren (Benjamin Barnett; Sara Heiner; Joel Barnett; Rachel Barnett; Kayla Fisher; Stephanie Fisher; Tanner Barnett; Spencer Barnett; Adam Barnett), and 6 great-grandchildren (Aurora Barnett; Alexis Barnett, Braxton Fisher; Natalie Snooks; Emma Heiner; Sawyer Dunn).
Dorothy's life story was one of courage and faith. She genetically inherited Muscular Dystrophy, which afflicted several members of her family. This condition eventually changed the scope of her life.
Our Mom faced the conditions and limitations that MD imposed on her life with dignity and never let it affect her joy for life, her love for her family and friends, and most importantly her faith and relationship with The Lord. In the face of her limitations, she still lived her life, enjoyed traveling, loved being a grandmother and great-grandmother and doing so many things with her family.
She was, and will always be, a loyal and loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. None of her family ever has to question or wonder about her love and devotion to them individually and collectively. Mom is now free of her mortal limitations. She is experiencing the overwhelming joy of being with her Lord and Savior, and being reunited with Dad, Dale and all her family. Most important, she leaves a legacy of faith for all of us!
A viewing will be held for family and friends at 1:30 followed by a service at 2:00 at the Trinity Charismatic Episcopal Church, 237 E. State St. Meridian ID. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to Trinity Charismatic Episcopal Church. Services are under the direction and care of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa 466-3545.