ElVena Barnes age 87 of Kenton passed away peacefully with her family at
her side on Tuesday January 24, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living in
Findlay, OH. She was born June 24, 1929 in West Frankfort, IL the
daughter of the late Jessie Columbus and Hessie (Shows) Weaver. ElVena
was married to Charles Barnes and they were divorced. He passed away
April 1, 2011.
ElVena is survived by her children Jeffrey (Merleen) Barnes of Kenton, OH,
James Barnes (Janet Hendrix) of Del Norte, CO, and Jane (Jerry) Temple of
Kenton, OH; grandchildren David (Shannon) Barnes of Forest, OH, Laura
(Brad) Wingfield of Kenton, OH, Andrea (Kenneth) Seaver of Fruita, CO,
Elizabeth (Jason) Howe of Kenton, OH, Katie (Eric) Latimore of Kenton, OH,
Tracy (Anne) Temple of Kenton, OH, and Travis (Alicia) Temple of West
Liberty, OH; 21 great grandchildren; and a special friend Herbert
Oberlightner of Kenton, OH. She was preceded in death by her brothers
John Columbus "JC" Weaver and Beverly Weaver, and her sisters Erline
Bright and Arvine Davis.
She was a graduate of the West Frankfort High School class of 1948.
Following graduation and attending Nursing School in Chicago she was a
Homemaker and later worked for Ray Barnes Newspapers Inc. She was the
publisher of the Homestead Magazine affiliated with the Pratt Tribune in
ElVena was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kenton and an
active member in the Kansas Republican Women's Assoc. She visited the
White House as an invited guest of President Richard Nixon and was active
in Kansas Senator Bob Dole's campaigns.
She loved to spend time with family and friends and was an avid gardener.
Family and friends are invited to a casual event to Celebrate the Life of
ElVena Barnes and share memories at the Little Chicago Room in Kenton, OH
on Friday January 27, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. Burial will take place in West
Frankfort, IL at a later date.
The family requests donations in memory of ElVena be made to the charity
of the donors choice. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting
The SCHINDEWOLF STOUT CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Kenton is assisting the family
with local arrangements.