Barnes, Dr. Gurthrie Anita Dr. Gurthrie Anita Barnes was born December 18, 1932 to Shadrach Edward and Lallie Ann Mitchell in East St. Louis, Illinois. She was the youngest of their six children. Gurthrie attended elementary and secondary schools in District 189 of East St. Louis, Illinois, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1950. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. Later in life she returned to college to further her education and received a Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from American Christian College and Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Lael College & Graduate School. In 1966 Gurthrie met and married Theodore Barnes, and to this union, two children were born, Pamela and Stephen. Gurthrie's professional and work career took her on a journey which included working in positions in the medical field as an XRay technician and medical transcriptionist. In 1958 she began a career in federal service with the Internal Revenue Service. Later she worked for the Department of the Army, where she began her civilian career as a clerk-typist and was promoted several times throughout her career, retiring as a Program Analyst to the agency director of the Automated Logistics Management Systems Activity (ALMSA) in 1988. She is survived by two children Pamela Barnes of Aurora, Colorado and Stephen Barnes of Saint Louis, Missouri; two sisters Mrs. Iola Harrington of Belleville, Illinois and Mrs. Katie Tillman of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; and a host of family and friends. Services: Visitation will be Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 3-7 p.m. at Officer Funeral Home, 1905 North Union Blvd., St. Louis, MO. The funeral service will be held Monday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. at Kennerly Temple COGIC, 4259 W. Kennerly Ave., St. Louis, MO. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Siteman Cancer Institute of Washington University.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 17, 2011