Linda L. Barnes, Dec. 7, 1953 — May 30, 2012, of Columbia

Friday, June 1, 2012 | 5:12 p.m. CDT; updated 11:40 a.m. CDT, Saturday, June 2, 2012

Linda L. Barnes, 58, of Columbia, went home to be with her Lord on May 30, 2012, after battling cancer for 6 years.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2012, at Grace Bible Church. A celebration of her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2012, at Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge Road, Columbia, MO. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Linda was born on December 7, 1953, to the late Beulah and Sidney Wear of Shelbina, MO. She married her best friend, Frank C. Barnes II on June 25, 1983, and he survives. Linda was a 1972 graduate of South Shelby High School in Shelbina and attended Gem City Business College in Quincy, IL after graduation.

Linda became a member of Grace Bible Church when she married Frank and together they served as church Host and Hostess for several years. She enjoyed working in VBS with crafts and decorating the church classrooms for VBS and for banquets. Linda worked as church financial secretary for 4 years and served on several other church committees and projects throughout the years.

Linda worked for the Columbia Public School District for the last 10 years. She will be remembered for her love of laughter, her beautiful smile and personality, her devotion to her family and friends, and her enduring strength and faith.

She is also survived by three daughters, Christin Huether & husband, Jason, Lindsey Barnes and Shannon Barnes; seven brothers and sisters, Kenneth Wear and wife Cheryl, Junior Wear and wife Marvyda, Liz White, Mary Zentz and husband, Albert, Jerry Wear and wife, Barbee, Joanne Jewett, and Jim Wear and wife Leisa; her father-in-law, Bill Barnes; and her sister-in-law Kathy Curtis and husband, Steve; and many nieces and nephews.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Beulah and Sidney Wear, her mother-in-law, Elsie K. Barnes, her brother-in-law, Bruce Jewett and three infant nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Missouri Cancer: to Dr. Honeycutt and Jeannie for their exceptional care and support; to the chemo nurses: Rhonda, Nancy, Linda, Johanna, Amber and Denise. We never saw a frown from the staff in the chemo room; they always made us laugh, served our every need, and filled us with inspiration to fight this dreaded disease. We would also like to thank Boone Hospice Staff, especially Stephinie, Kathy, Marla and Richard for their exceptional care.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Bible Church Children’s Ministries, or The Gurucharri Foundation (local financial assistance for cancer patients) c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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