Kathleen Ann Barnes

Kathleen Ann Barnes, beloved mother & friend, passed away January 10, 2009.  Kathleen was born December 5, 1934 in the dust bowl in Spearville, Kansas to Thomas & Helen (Klenke) Gleason. After graduating from Syracuse High School in 1952, She met the love of her life, Carl (Buddy) Barnes. They were married in Syracuse, Kansas on September 19, 1953, and proceeded to live in various western, midwestern states & Canada until they discovered Sheridan. During this time, Kathleen learned to play Bridge which became a lifelong passion. She was a Marathon Bridge champion many times.  Kathleeen loved being a mother, a homemaker and was a renowned cook. 

Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, her sister (Vicky Bare), her brother, her youngest daughter (Becky) and her parents. Kathleen is survived by Lynne Barnes Wilkins (Curtis), Thomas Barnes (Rosanne), Ron (Jayne) Barnes and Don (Carlotta) Barnes. Her grandchildren, who she doted on, are Scott Wilkins, Valerie (Chris) Williams, Curtis (Stephanie) Wilkins, Eugene (Jessica) King, Amanda Barnes, Kayla Barnes, Andrew Barnes, Kassie Kossen, Shawnna Barnes, and Ralph (Erin) Amsden.  She is survived by seven great-grandchildren. She is survived by Gary Bare and his family. Along with the above she has many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Through her lifetime, Kathleen was employed as a nursing assistant, a census taker, a poll taker, a mystery shopper, a newspaper delivery manager, and a house cleaner. Kathleen loved to read. She volunteered with the school system helping young readers, and was proud of having read thousands of books. Kathleen enjoyed music and had been in the church choir. Kathleen was involved in many other church and school activities through Holy Name, including Chairperson for the Holy Name Carnival. Kathleen was a “soccer mom” before there was a name for the activity.  She drove many children to sporting events, cheerleading, spelling “B”s and anywhere else there was a need for a mother to drive and chaperone.

Kathleen was an avid sports fan. She loved all sports, but her favorite teams were the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Buddy & Kathleen’s love of traveling was highlighted by trips to Disneyworld, Germany, and Mexico. Above all, Kathleen was a proud wife, a loving mother, a wonderful grandmother, and a trusted friend. Kathleen’s kindness, humor and caring will be sorely missed by many.

Vigil service will be 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 13th at Champion Ferries Funeral Home. Funeral Liturgy will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 14th at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Thomas Ogg as Celebrant. Interment will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home. Memorials may benefit Holy Name School