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Jean Louise Barnes


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Jean Louise Barnes Obituary
JEAN LOUISE BARNES 1922-2015 Jean Louise Barnes, a longtime resident of Air Force Village West, passed away in the early evening of July 4, 2015 after a lengthy struggle with congestive heart disease. Jean was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. After graduating from high school she attended Ohio State University majoring in nursing, only to have her studies interrupted by WWII. Jean had an adventurous streak which led her to travel to Abilene, Texas, where her brother was in flight school, and to take a job at the Army Air Base there. While at the officer's club she met a P-47 pilot (Bill) who was recently back from duty in England. They were married some months later in La Junta, Colorado, then, after his discharge, she moved with him to Santa Maria, California where he attended a branch of USC and Jean gave birth to her first child (James). She later returned to Ohio when her husband began work at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. A few years, and two daughters later (Janet and Karen), Jean and her family moved to Lafayette, Indiana. Then, it was back to Dayton, and Kettering, Ohio where Bill resumed his career as an aerospace engineer at Wright Patt. Jean was skilled and energetic in all matters involving the household and child rearing. When they grew older Jean was able to return to nursing by working as a volunteer at a local hospital. Her husband's career took another turn when he was transferred to El Segundo, California. Upon Bill's retirement the two moved to Oceanside and were able to enjoy traveling to such spots as Europe, China, Japan, Russia and Australia, often on cruises. Jean memorialized these trips in photo books which she never tired of viewing. Jean and her husband then moved to Air Force Village West in the early 90s after Bill was diagnosed with cancer. Jean spent the next 23 years of her life there, nursing her husband through his losing battle with the disease, and staying on after his death in 2002. Jean's love of books and reading led her to work as a volunteer at the AFVW library. When an unfortunate fall and resulting surgery led her to move to an assisted living facility in Burbank across from NBC and Walt Disney studios, Jean insisted it was to pursue a career in show business. Jean is survived by her brother (Jim), her three loving children James (Marisa), Janet (John), and Karen (Paige), four grandsons and three great grandchildren, all of whom miss her very much. A graveside celebration of her life will be held Friday, July 17th, at 4:00 p.m., at Riverside National Cemetery. Donations to the are requested in lieu of flowers.


Published in Press-Enterprise on July 17, 2015
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