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Betty J. Barnes

Betty passed away Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born November 24, 1944 in Middlesboro, Kentucky, the daughter of Tom and Ida (McBee) Cole. In her free time Betty enjoyed gardening. On September 19, 1964 in South Bend, Indiana, she married Robert Barnes who passed away in 2018.

Surviving are her sons, Brian and Jeff Barnes; grandchildren, William and Paul; brother, Tom (Elaine) Cole; aunt, Mary Tomlin and extended family member, Dorothy Ehmon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A graveside service will take place at 2:00 P.M., Friday, August 28, 2020 at Alamo Center Cemetery.

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Carly (Fricano) Brenner

August 26, 2020 at 6:46 pm

I have such fond memories of Betty and Rob from when I was a kid- swimming in their pool, taping Disney channel shows to bring home to watch, eating kiwi for the first time, and the list goes on. She was a fabulous person. My condolences to her family.


Philip Fricano

August 26, 2020 at 6:49 pm

Brian, Jeff and family. Betty was one of our first employees. To this day one of the finest people I’ve ever known.


Maria Dinah Howrigon

August 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Sorry to hear of her passing. I worked with Betty at Fricano’s. Your family is in my prayers.


Marianne Davidoff

August 28, 2020 at 9:26 am

Grandma Pool was always with a Smile and Open arms! She was a Special Soul. Sorry for your loss Will and Paul.


Terry & Char Bonnell

August 28, 2020 at 4:25 pm

To the family,

It truly was a privilege to know Betty. Both Bob and Betty were kind, humble, and quiet testimonies to God. Heaven is rejoicing. May God’s love comfort the family and friends who will miss her so.


Pete & Barb Jirgens

August 29, 2020 at 7:27 am

We were so sorry to hear of your mom’s death. She and your dad would walk by our home and we would spend time talking. We enjoyed them so much. I’m sorry we were not able to attend her service.


Lyda Stillwell

September 20, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Betty lived nearby in a Garden Home. Many times, on walks to the Woods, Betty would be weeding a garden. Happy in her work. Happy to stop and talk.

She was a lovely, friendly person. While we did not know each other very well, it was clear she had a beautiful spirit.



December 30, 2021 at 4:09 pm

My condolences to Betty’s family. I worked with Betty and found her to be kind and wise. I am so sorry for your loss.


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