Ethelwyn 'Ethel' Barnes

Posted Online: Dec. 24, 2012, 12:26 am
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Ethelwyn "Ethel" C. Barnes, 89, of Geneseo, passed away Dec. 20, 2012, at her daughter's home in Peoria.
Per her request, cremation rights have been accorded. A private burial will be Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at Barney's Bar and Grill, Geneseo, on Friday, Dec. 28, from 2 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to OSF Hospice, 2265 W. Altorfer Drive, Peoria, IL 61615. Condolences may be left on Ethelwyn Barnes' online guest book at Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services' website, who is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ethel was born on Feb. 11, 1923, in Andalusia, to Clair Reed and Ada (Kane) Reed. She grew up in Andalusia and attended Rock Island High School. In 1948, she married John R. Barnes in Rock Island. He passed away in 1983 but she lived nearly all of her married life in Geneseo. They were happily married for 34 years.
Ethel enjoyed reading, gardening and making sure the squirrels and birds were fed. She always rooted for the Chicago Cubbies and the Chicago Bears no matter how well they played. Her biggest joy in life was her family, and she was proud of what they all have accomplished in their lives.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John "Bob" Barnes; brother, James Reed and son-in-law, Thomas Douglas.
She is survived by four daughters Pamela Douglas, Geneseo, Patricia (Michael) Sheridan, Bellevue, Wash., Beth Shaw, Peoria, and Debi (Joel) Freudenthal, Selah, Wash.; two sons: Robert Barnes and Daniel (Kara) Barnes, Geneseo; one brother, Wayne (Dorothy) Reed, Odenville, Ala.; three grandchildren, Britni Shaw Perkins, Karrigen Barnes and Emilia Freudenthal; one great grandchild, Caeleigh Perkins; one sister-in-law, Donna Reed, Benton, La. Share a message of sympathy with the family at


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