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Estelle Lavona Barnes, 89, of Dunkirk died Jan. 22, 2013, in Arlington, Va.
She was born in a small town in Northeast Arkansas.
She completed high school and married William Johnson II. They had four children before he was killed in World War II. She managed to provide well for her children, including sending all four to college. She worked as a bookkeeper for several companies in Arkansas and prepared tax returns for private clients for many years. She was the secretary for the local Rotary Club. She ran for the office of city treasurer for Jonesboro, Ark., and was reelected many times before she resigned to take a position with the U.S. Marshall’s Office in Little Rock. While attending a conference, she met William T. Barnes, and they married in 1976. His position with the U.S. Supreme Court took the couple to Saipan, where she was appointed as the 1st District Court clerk for the Pacific Marianna Islands, and with her husband, she established the framework for the District Court for the area. She and her husband travelled for pleasure to several European countries. She was a member of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church for many years.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, William T. Barnes of Dunkirk; sons, William “Bill” Johnson and his wife, Chantal, of Arlington, Va., Ken Johnson and his wife, Robin, of Monticello, Ark., and William “Billy” Barnes of Dunkirk; daughters, Myrna Gillespie of Jonesboro, Ark., and Sandra Caldwell and her husband, Roger, of Okeechobee, Fla.; brother, Herbert Bodell of Heber Springs, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Raymond-Wood Funeral Home with the Rev. Alisa Lasater of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or at www.alz.org.