Nancy E. Barnes, 70, of Fairfield, Texas, and formerly of Arkansas City, Kan., went to be with the Lord while surrounded by family on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Westside Assembly of God, 2703 W. Oak St., Palestine, by the family.
Nancy was born in Seattle, Wash. on Jan. 15, 1943, to Fredrick and Nancy Shamp, graduating from Centralia High School in 1961 going on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Religious Education from Central Bible College in 1967. Following college she began teaching in North Vernon, Ind.
She married Victor W. Barnes on July 13, 1968, in a back yard garden in Seattle, Wash. and they made their home in Arkansas City. She raised four sons and two daughters, and opened her home to many others who still call her ‘mom’. After years of raising children, helping with children’s ministries, and teaching preschool at the Community Christian School, she became an electrolysis technician and owned and operated Summit Place Electrolysis until her retirement in 2003.
Upon retirement she and her husband Vic joined RV MAPS, a church affiliated volunteer organization where she participated in several projects across the country. Over the last seven years she and Vic have served at the Pleasant Hills Children’s Home in Fairfield, and made this their home. Other RV Maps missions included a 16-month project in Philadelphia, Pa. and summers at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, M.N. She was very involved in her church and community and never turned down the opportunity to donate her time and talents. She was a faithful member of the First Assembly of God church in Arkansas City, since 1968. She was very gifted in music and art; and her creativity was evident in everything she did. She also enjoyed a mission trip with the North Texas Women’s Ministries traveling to Moldova, Russia to minister at various churches.
Nancy is survived by husband, Victor; her children, Gregory Barnes and wife Jennifer of Tonganoxie, Kan., Steve Barnes and wife Katie of Chanhassen, M.N., Christopher Barnes and wife Mandy of Manchester, Md., Nathan Barnes and wife Angela of Westminster, Md., Dee Smith and husband Ed of Hutto, Texas, and Lori Steelman of Topeka, Kan.; 19 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, Tera Brumley of Arkansas City, Kan. and extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick A. and Nancy E. Shamp; brother, Fredrick A. Shamp Jr.; sister, Darlene Page; and granddaughter, Nicole Halloran.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Nancy's name to Pleasant Hills Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1177, Fairfield, Texas 75840.