Janet lived in Columbia for about 30 years, until she was in an accident in 2012. During her time in Columbia, she was a volunteer at University Hospital and Shepard Boulevard Elementary School.
Angela Barnes wrote this invitation for the community to a celebration of her mother's life.
Please help me celebrate the life and legacy of my mother, Janet Barnes, and her unsinkable, unstoppable, fighting spirit.
Where: Riechmann Pavilion at Stephens Lake Park , 2300 E. Walnut Street Columbia, MO 65201
When: Oct. 17 from 4:30 p.m. until around 7:30 p.m.
Grandma Janet, the 90-pound heavyweight, hoped to be at this party herself to share with you and offer you birthday cake. Instead, I will bring and share Mother's journey since she left Columbia and the many accomplishments and challenges she experienced and survived. I'll bring Mother's Guinness World Record Certificate, her aqua and pink tennis shoes and photographs and writings she valued so much. The program will include the sharing of my mother's personal philosophy of life.
I will share my signature poems from the tribute books written about my mother, and I also will read the autobiography Haiku she wrote herself.
The event needs help and sponsors. Please see if you may be part of a group that can help with the refreshments, costs or any other way.
I am also establishing the "90-pound heavyweight Janet Barnes Legacy Foundation," which will share with the world the inspiring actions of one who was born with a broken neck and 100% believed that there is nothing beyond determination. One who said, "I am not handicapped by my condition. I am physically challenged and differently able."
From the Missourian: The newsroom is happy to accept memories, cards, photos and tributes to Janet Barnes. We will see that they get to the family and might share some of them with our readers. You may submit them to editor Joy Mayer at:
- 307 Lee Hills Hall, Columbia MO, 65211
Here is a tribute from reader Susie Stranz: I had one sister. Her name was simply Mary. Mary was anything but simple though. She was strong, brave, and most of all never a complainer. Janet Barnes was one of her friends. And I know that Janet was an inspiration to Mary as she exuded all the same qualities that Janet had despite being wheelchair-bound from birth. I loved my sister with all my heart and I thank God for people like Janet who made her strong. I hope the two of them walk with Jesus today.
This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you’ll consider sharing. Here’s how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.