Nancy Lucille Barnett
1942 - 2019
BORN
1942
DIED
2019
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The Meeks Mortuary & Crematory - Washington Street Chapel
415 E Washington Street
Muncie, IN
Nancy Lucille Barnett

Muncie - Nancy Lucille Barnett, born January 8, 1942 in Elkhart, IN, passed away on December 18, 2019.

She later moved to Greenwood , IN and graduated from Center Grove High School. Nancy graduated from Ball State University with her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education. She spent her entire career as a special education teacher at Muncie Southside High School for 26 years.

Throughout her career, she was awarded numerous accolades and recognition for her excellent work in the classroom. Her most prestigious awards included the Council for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year in 2000 and the national State Farm Teacher of the Year award in 2001. She was also featured in the book, Teachers: A Tribute to the Enlightened, the Exceptional, The Extraordinary. Her greatest passion, however, was the program that she started during her years at Southside High School. "I CAN" was born out of a desire to create a hands-on approach to learning for her students that involved them running a business of making and selling craft and gift items at school. After she retired from Muncie Community Schools in 2006, she expanded the "I CAN" program to "Beyond I CAN" to provide post-secondary employment options to adults with special needs in the community. Today, the program is still actively and successfully operating.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 57 years, Terry Barnett. She is also survived by daughters, Patty (Lee) Strayer and Betsy (Andrew) Dugan. Her grandchildren include Ty Strayer, Jake (Courtney) Byrns, Maya Byrns, Harrison Barnett, and great-grandson, Roman Byrns. She is survived by siblings Carolyn (Bob) Kelso, Jim (Jill) Stutzman, and Jane (Dave) Luscumb.

Nancy was preceded in death by infant daughter, Kathryn Barnett and son, Andy Barnett.

Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at The Garden at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 1201 W. McGalliard Road, Muncie, IN 47303.

Visitation will be on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at The Meeks Mortuary, Washington Street Chapel or one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beyond I CAN, 514 E. Jackson Street, Muncie, IN 47304 or Main Street United Methodist Church, 801 E. Main Street, Muncie, IN 47305.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com



Published by The Star Press from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2019.
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1201 W. McGalliard Road, Muncie, IN
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12 Entries
I got to know Nancy at Southside High School and through her studio and gift shop at Beyond I Can. She was so proud of her special artists and workers, so creative and eager for them to succeed. She has been such a light in the Muncie Community.
December 21, 2019
Nancy was one of the strongest and kindest people I've ever known. She never gave up, no matter the situation. She didn't complain about problems. She looked for solutions. Beyond I Can will always be Nancy's legacy. I feel so proud and honored to have known her and blessed to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from her. My prayers go out to all her family, especially, Terry.
Sheri Watson
December 20, 2019
a loved one
December 20, 2019
Irene Eriksson
December 19, 2019
I met Nancy when she was operating "Beyond I Can" on Burlington. I had taken donated greeting cards to her. She was so pleasant and eager to show me around the shop. She introduced me to clients and urged them to show me their creations. She was so proud of them. She even came to the shop after hours one day so that our church ladies could take a tour and shop as well. Nancy was so passionate. I remember the day I visited and they were making pottery. Her comment was, "I think we have finally found our niche." She was so very excited about it. Little did I know that one day my sister would be attending "Beyond I Can". Janet has become a social butterfly since becoming a part of the group. I am forever thankful that Nancy had the idea, ambition and perseverance to create a space where special needs adults can be creative, feel useful and hang out with their friends all at the same time.
Cathy Dunn
December 19, 2019
Bill Cooper
December 19, 2019
Great lady. Heart of gold. She touched many people's lives.
Sheila McDonald
December 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Nancy was a wonderful lady. She was loved by many. She was a great inspiration to me and brought happiness and joy to everyone she met. God holds her in his arms now.
Debbie Roberts
December 19, 2019
Mrs. Barnett was not only my teacher but a special lady to me when I was in high school! She was there for me at a difficult time in my life & she had a heart of gold!
Christal Musgrove-Veatch
December 19, 2019
Terry, just want to say how sorry I am for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. You know she has gone to a better place, no more suffering and no more pain. Just know some day you will reunite again. Mark Foltz
December 18, 2019
Terry and Family, So sorry for your loss. A great lady in education. Praying for your comfort. Hugs Marianne New
Marianne
December 18, 2019
Nancy's vision will live on in the Beyond I Can program. She has helped countless people through her efforts. She will be missed.
CJ Gallihugh
December 18, 2019
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