Virginia D. Barnes, 83, of Reinbeck, Iowa, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa, of natural causes. Funeral services were held 10:30 AM, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Reinbeck, Iowa. Burial will be at Young Cemetery in Truro, Iowa. Visitation was held Wednesday, June 13, 2013, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, at the church. Memorials may be directed to the family. To view the complete obituary or to send messages of condolence, please visit our website www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Virginia Dean was born November 7, 1929, in Melrose, N.M. the daughter of Shirley Oren and Leona (Berry) Hughes. She grew up in the Melrose area and then the family moved to Vancouver, Wash. in 1941. Virginia joined the Women's Army Corp serving from 1951 1953. She was united in marriage to Kenneth LaVerne Barnes on August 29, 1953 in Eau Claire, Wisc. After their marriage they lived in Waterloo, Iowa before moving to the farm east of Reinbeck. She enjoyed playing cards and making crafts for her family and friends. Each Christmas Virginia would make ornaments for her grandchildren, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Kathryn (Michael) Radl of Guttenberg, Kristine Butterfield of Reinbeck, Kenneth Lynn Barnes of Independence and Konnie Lee Neal of Reinbeck; grandchildren, Jamie (Michael) Blume, Jennifer Radl, Sara (Troy) Barnes, Matthew Butterfield, Ryan DeBoer, Kenney Barnes and Beau Neal and 16 great grandchildren: siblings, Velma Miller, Marjorie Cearley, Covita Bade and Troy Hughes,
Preceding her in death was her parents, husband, Kenneth; grandson, Daniel Butterfield; great granddaughter, Ava Barnes; son-in-law, Craig Willaby; siblings, Shirlene Anderson, Jake Hughes, Irma Hughes, Ronald Hughes, Jerry Hughes and Dalton Hughes.