Ruth Caldwell Barnett, 96, of Rockwood, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
She is best remembered by friends and family for her contagious cheerful disposition, positive outlook on everything and amazing good health. She was born June 21, 1917, to Tennie May and George Caldwell. She grew up on the family farm near Deer Lodge. Following high school graduation she married Leamon T. "Lee" Barnett, also of Deer Lodge. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Detroit, where she worked in an airplane factory as a riveter during World War II. After his return from World War II service in Europe, they returned to Tennessee, settling in South Harriman. She is well remembered for cheerfully balancing her homemaking responsibilities along with helping Lee make a success of the family cabinetmaking business. She fondly recalled summers with family and friends while houseboating and fishing on Watts Bar Lake. They moved to a lakefront home in Kingston in the late 1960s and then to their Post Oak Road home two decades later. They traveled extensively in the West while visiting their daughter Nancy and family in Boulder, Colo.
She excelled at "accentuating the positive" and "eliminating the negative." She maintained her love for life and exuberant positive nature while enduring the challenging losses of her firstborn child, Denny; her husband, Lee; and her only daughter, Nancy.
She is loved and missed by her family: granddaughter, Laurel Beeken and husband Jonah; grandson, Jeremy Banker and wife Elisel and her great-grandson, Elliott Beeken, all of Berthoud, Colo. She is also deeply loved and remembered by Nancy's husband John and all the Banker brothers, as well as her many dear friends in Tennessee and Colorado.
Her funeral and memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Caney Ford Baptist Church, immediately followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. All family and friends are invited. She will be laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery, Deer Lodge. Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Nancy Barnett Banker Scholarship Fund of the Eye Health Institute, 5305 Spine Road, Suite B, Boulder, CO 80301.
Online condolences may be extended at www.schubertfuneralhome.com