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Barbara J. Barnes

Barbara J. Barnes, 89, longtime Oregon resident, died after a long illness on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon, surrounded by her family.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1929, with her twin brother Bradley, to William and Nina (Hardesty) Taft.

Barbara married her one true love, James Barnes, on March 20, 1947 in Decatur.

She was the mother of four, James Barnes, Virginia (Robert) Pearson, Alan Barnes, and Penny (William) Stoughton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Alan; grandson, James Pearson; daughter-in-law, Diane Barnes; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Barbara is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and sister, Nina Whetsel, of Byron.

Family always came first for Barbara.

She and her husband Jim owned and operated Bill's Shoe Service in Oregon for 30 years and she was an accomplished shoe repair person.

Barbara volunteered at numerous organizations including the senior center, Oregon ambulance, and Lifeline Food Pantry and was noted for her pie baking ability.

She and Jim were also members of Black Hawk Twirlers Square Dance Club for 25 years.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, with Pastor Michael Hoffman of Oregon Church of God officiating.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 rm 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Private burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family.

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