Seward resident Barbara Ann (Blatchford) Barnes died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, in an automobile accident. She was 52.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Seward Chapel, with Pastor Paul Pichotta officiating. A celebration of life potluck will follow.
Mrs. Barnes was born Jan. 13, 1950, in Sitka to Eugene and Mabel Blatchford. The family moved to Seward in 1963. She was the second child in a family of seven. She graduated from Seward High School in 1968. Following high school, she attended Sheldon Jackson College. She also attended Alaska Skill Center and Anchorage Community College.
She worked at Seward Fisheries, where she was known for being the fastest halibut cheeker and herring roe processor. She was known for her compassion when she worked at the SLAC Adult Activity Program. Mrs. Barnes held many titles at the Qutekcak Native Tribe, including the Johnson O'Malley coordinator, secretary and community health representative.
She enjoyed putting on potlucks, sobriety celebrations and helping people. Her latest place of employment was at the Seward Bus Line, where she enjoyed meeting and talking with people.
"Barbara was very artistic, she loved drawing and painting. She was very competitive and loved doing crossword puzzles, reading, playing bingo, berry picking, spending time with her grandson Branden and spending time with her family and friends," her family said.
"She was a hard worker and a giving person who would give her last dollar to someone in need. She had a great sense of humor, and people were drawn to her fun personality. She loved and valued people for who they were, always giving encouragement. She is greatly loved and will be missed by all."
Mrs. Barnes was preceded in death by her son, Tony Deer.
She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Steve Barnes; daughters, Danielle Deer and Kimberlee Barnes; sons, Joe Deer, Stevie Barnes and Kevin Barnes; parents, Gene and Mabel Blatchford; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanie and Dennis Greene, Ruthi and Brian Stanley, Judi Sweeney, Ellen Setters and Patti Estes; brother, Kenny Blatchford; grandson, Branden Ramoth; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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