Lillian Barnes (1922 - 2018)

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May 12, 1922 -
August 27, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018, Lillian Elizabeth Barnes, loving mother of two children, passed away at the age of 96.

Lillian was born on May 12, 1922 in Coburg, OR to Carpus and Lidia (Alford) Gray, the youngest of six children. She attended school in Coburg where she met her future husband Elmer Deyo Van Den Bos. They were married on March 15, 1941 in Eugene, OR. While Elmer was in Europe during WWII, Lillian worked for the Evans Products Company in Coos Bay, OR. They raised daughter Suzanne and son Tim living in the River Road area of Eugene.

Lillian and Elmer were charter members of Shadow Hills Country Club where they enjoyed many years together playing golf with friends. She worked at Meier and Frank Valley River Center as a Bridal Consultant. Lillian was involved with the Girl Scouts and with the Cub Scouts. She was a member of First Baptist and later River Road Baptist Church in Eugene where she sang in the choir.

Lillian was "Mom" to many of Suzanne and Tim's friends as they were growing up. Her love of family was evident in the way she welcomed everybody into her home. Lillian was a lifelong Democrat and a Precinct Committee member for her neighborhood poling location. She also had a passion for Bridge. At age 81, she hit a hole-in-one and would play golf for another 10 years. She was a member of Eastern Star and Emblem Club where she served as President for 9 terms.

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband Elmer and her second husband Richard G. Barnes. Her 2 children, 4 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins survive her. A memorial service will be held 1 PM, Sunday the 23rd of September, 2018 at the Elks Lodge, 1701 Centennial Blvd, Springfield, OR.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Sept. 16, 2018
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