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On July 24, 2020, Doris Louise Boyd Barnes of Washington, DC died of sudden heart failure. A fourth generation Washingtonian, Doris was born on September 9, 1922, to Julia Walker Boyd and William Boyd. She attended DC public schools, graduating from Dunbar High School in June 1939 and then attended Howard University. She married Norman Haywood Barnes, another lifelong Washingtonian, on August 5, 1943 and was married for 59 years until his death in August 2002. She spent her entire working career with the U.S. Government as a statistical analyst, predominantly with the Bureau of the Census but with a couple detours to the Treasury Department. A 67-year resident of Brookland area of DC, she loved to go crabbing and entertain with Norman at their weekend house on the Chesapeake Bay at Columbia Beach, MD. She was a lifelong member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and an ardent volunteer in its scouting programs. Doris was a keen dressmaker and, because she was so organized, was always elected treasurer wherever she volunteered. She leaves behind a son, N. Kurt Barnes, currently the chief financial officer of The Episcopal Church; his partner, Charles de la Rock; a sister, Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville, the second African American woman to earn a PhD in Mathematics; and two devoted caregivers, Sharon McNair and Tabitha Thompkins, who became family to her over the last 10 years. A graveside service and interment are scheduled for 11 a.m. on July 31, 2020 at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, MD. A memorial service will be announced later. Services are under the direction of McGuire Funeral Service,  

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Published in The Washington Post from Jul. 29 to Jul. 31, 2020.
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Fort Lincoln Cemetery
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August 31, 2020
Kurt, Charles and Aunt Evelyn,
So sorry about the loss of Aunt Doris. She always made me laugh. I cherish the time my children and I spent with her and Uncle Norman at their summer beach home. I laugh when I remember the strike rule and her never reaching strike three. They were so happy. He would pile us in the big Lincoln and take us to the pier while Aunt Doris made her famous crab cakes. Kurt, your reflections at the service were so fitting about the bourbon and her putting the pedal to the metal in whatever she drove. She always prayed with me in difficult times. God bless you for taking care of her. We will miss her.
All my love,
Audrey Hayden and Family
August 17, 2020
It is with sadness that I extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Ms. Doris Barnes a devoted member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. This is a loss that is very difficulty for us to accept, because of her love and dedication to St. Luke's Episcopal Church. However we can take refuge that she is now safe with the Lord. We pray that her soul continue to rest in perfect peace and rise in Glory.
George Nicol
Senior Warden
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
George Nicol
July 31, 2020
July 30, 2020
So sorry for you loss,
Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time...

Joseph LaRock
Joseph LaRock
July 29, 2020
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