Linda Decker Barnes
1957 - 2014
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Linda Decker Barnes

Linda Decker Barnes passed away at her Bothell home on Wednesday, July 16th at 57 years old after fighting cancer for nearly a year. Born Linda Ruth Decker in Royal Oak, Minnesota on March 26th, 1957, she moved to Allison Park, Pennsylvania at a young age. Linda attended school in Allison Park before receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1979 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from their Francis Payne Bolton School in 1980. Linda moved to Seattle in 1982 to begin her life's work as a Labor and Delivery nurse at Virginia Mason Medical Center. On August 30th, 1986, she married Larry Barnes and began a family that expanded with the birth of their daughter in 1993. In 1990, she received her Masters in Nursing from the University of Washington. She began teaching at Shoreline Community College in 1990 and was awarded tenure in 2001. She is preceded in death by her brother Richard, mother Sally, and father Richard Decker, and is survived by her husband

Larry and daughter Shannon Barnes.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Jul. 25 to Jul. 26, 2014.
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July 26, 2017
She was one of the best instructors that a student could ask for. She will be greatly missed!!
Sumita Gyawali
Student
July 18, 2015
Our deepest condolences for your family, we are so sorry for your loss. May your loving memories hold close in your heart and God's love give you peace and comfort. (Psalm 83:18)
(The Davis Family)
July 11, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Jeremiah 29 : 11, 12 says, " For I well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you, thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope. And you will call me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. "
October 25, 2014
Linda, I just learned of your journey today.
Tears of the greatest respect and love for you and your family. You were one of the most intelligent labor and delivery nurses that I had the privledge of working with at VM. From Detroit, like myself...a soul sister. Blessed be. Love forever ,Molly Magee, RN
September 25, 2014
Love and sympathy on the loss of such a beautiful and dedicated person. Linda was unwavering in her commitment to the best quality care for women, infants and families. She was a staunch supporter and advocate for doula care and midwifery care. Linda was a change maker, I will so miss her as part of the birth community; she leaves a better world because she was in it.
Annie Kennedy
September 2, 2014
Amazing clinical instructor! She created an optimal learning environment and tailored approach in relation to the student.
Anthony Fiano
July 29, 2014
My condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort provide you with strength to endure the days ahead.
July 28, 2014
Linda and I did not cross paths a lot at work but we went to a conference together and hit it off. She was such an easy person to talk to and so open and welcoming. Our pasts had similarities (police work and nursing) that we were able to share and understand. She was very special and will be really missed. She always thought of everyone else and how she could help them.

Linda Forst
July 28, 2014
I am so sorry to learn of Linda's death. She was one of my most favorite colleagues. We received tenure at Shoreline about the same time, and I always valued her perspective (frequently more optimistic than mine). I felt so lucky when we served on committees together. Her absence will be felt on campus. I send many hugs to her family.
Diana Knauf
July 28, 2014
I worked with Linda at Shoreline Community College as her librarian, and she was such a caring, attentive, careful teacher. I immediately felt close to her. I send my condolences to her family, and wish you all the best.
Claire Murata
July 26, 2014
Larry...I was so sorry to hear of Linda's death..although I had not seen her for years she holds a special part in my heart..she was a wonderful mentor to me in labor and delivery..she inspired me in so many ways..so smart so big hearted...the nursing world has lost an valuable soul
Carol Hile RN
July 25, 2014
Larry and Shannon, I am so sorry to hear about Linda. We had so much fun with the girls in scouts. I have missed seeing her and truly enjoyed running into her at the grocery store. I send you my love and hugs.

Vickie Fontaine
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