Obituary of Marilyn Rose Barnes
Born February 21, 1935 – Passed onto eternal life September 28, 2022
Marilyn was born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise Idaho to Vernon (Vern) Manley and Thelma Adelia Davis. She was the first child born to her parents and 5 years later would come a little sister, Karol Faye.
Marilyn lived in Boise throughout her childhood and met who would end up being the love of her life, Leonard Lee Barnes in 8th grade while attending school at South Jr. High. He offered her a stick of double mint gum and that was all it took. She married her “Deary” on December 29, 1952. To that special union a son Randy and three daughters, Kristy, Debbie & Kelle were born.
Marilyn was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker, keeping things in order, making sure that her hard-working husband and children were well cared for. She took pride in keeping a neat home, sewing all kinds of things, cooking great meals, growing a garden, and canning produce and fruit every year she could. She would prepare and set one of the best tables around. She always claimed that Leonard taught her to cook. The two of them made a great team in the kitchen. Her sewing skills she learned from her mother were beyond fantastic. She sewed clothing, quilts, dolls, doll clothing, pillows, wedding dresses and many other items. If it could be made, she was able to do it. She was also very talented at making wedding cakes and birthday cakes special. Many of us have fond memories of being on the receiving end of her talented gifts. She loved spending time taking pictures, organizing pictures, researching pictures, and gathering information and facts documenting family genealogy. She also fancied coin collecting and
documenting the various years, dates, and history behind all of it. We received some of her coin collection works over the years as she did them in “groups”, so we could all have a “set”. She leaves behind a multitude of photo binders, documentation of family genealogy, and detailed bus tour albums that we will cherish for years to come.
Although Marilyn was never “employed”, she enjoyed volunteer work and provided office support for Pastor Don Wilson in 1970 with his outreach “Youth for Christ” / “Roadway Ministries”. She also volunteered for many years at the local election voting locations, supporting the events from 8am – 8pm faithfully. When the retirement years came about in 1986, Marilyn and Leonard enjoyed going South in a 5th wheel, took many side trips with friends and went on many extended bus tours all over the country. Throughout her lifetime, Marilyn had a loving, caring, giving heart and took care of many people in many ways. She was strong and firm, had a sense of humor, a reliable listening ear, words of wisdom and you could get advice, sometimes not even realizing you were getting advice. She had an outstanding memory and kept extensive notes about people, places, events, birthdays, etc. She wanted to really know people. There was not a person she met that was not impacted in some way from having met or known Marilyn.
Marilyn was a born again Christian and was not shy about sharing her love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Marilyn is survived by:
•Son Randy & wife Debra Barnes, grandsons Nathan Barnes and Jeffrey/wife Amy Barnes and two great grandsons Jameson Barnes and Harvey Barnes.
•Daughter Kristy/husband Tim Weber, granddaughter Sarah Gipe and grandson AJ/wife Jaselyn Weber and two great grandsons Kellen Weber and Elijah Weber.
•Daughter Debbie Barnes.
•Daughter Kelle/husband Matthew Weber.
•Sister Karol Garcia, daughter and niece Aubrey/husband Rob Ciro, daughter Joie Ciro and son Tripp Ciro.
•Sister-in-law Charlotte Sterns
•Brother-in-law Richard/wife Nancy Barnes
•Sister-in-law Sharon/husband Chuck Kinghorn
….and many Barnes Family nieces & nephews and their families.
Preceding her in death were her “Deary”, Leonard Lee Barnes, and her parents Vernon (Vern) Manley & Thelma Adelia Davis.
As noted in your service program today, Marilyn’s favorite bible verse was:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting lifeTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marilyn Barnes, please visit Tribute Store