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Jane Earline Barnes

Jane-Barnes-1Jane Earline Barnes passed into eternal rest on Friday, December 4, 2015 in Mena, Arkansas.  She was born December 20, 1927 in Pond Creek, Oklahoma to Leslie Howard Nelson and Maggie May Blaikie. Apart from her roles as a loving wife and mother, Jane volunteered at the Visitor’s Information Center for many years.  She researched genealogy extensively and was the one you went to if you wanted to know your family history.  She was also a wonderful seamstress and was a past President of The Home Economics Club and a former member of the Red Hatters.  She was a devout Christian, very patriotic, and dedicated to her country.  She was a wonderful companion to her husband Jack, always reliable and in a selfless and caring way she was always there for her family.  Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, and aunt, was loved by all and will be missed by all who knew her.

Jane is survived by husband, Jack Barnes of Mena, Arkansas; children, Beverly Anglin and husband William of Mena, Arkansas, Earline Sorrells and husband Sam of Russelville, Arkansas, Betty Acheson and husband Ron of Mena, Arkansas, Jack Barnes, II and wife Sheryl of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, DeAnna Skipper, Duane Powell, Dennis Powell, Lannie Kiersey, Scott Kiersey, Darrell Powell, Donita Gann; 18 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Vera Dean Nelson, Jean Earl Nelson, Cleo May Nelson and Francis William.

A Funeral service will be held at Cherry Hill Methodist Church on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with burial to follow at Cherry Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Duane Powell, Dennis Powell, Lannie Kiersey, Scott Kiersey, Darrell Powell, Colin Powell, Nathan Gann, and Aaron Kiersey.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.


  1. Jane was a lovely lady and one of my favorite grandmothers (of a classmate). My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Hugs to Beverly, DeAnna, Duane and Dennis.

  2. Becky Bell Henderson

    Jane was such a special lady. She made the world a better place. My prayers for your family. Thinking of you.

  3. Jack there is nothing I fill or can say to make things better, you know she is in a better place where there is no pain, you can look forward to seeing her on the other side. She was so good to me when I came to your house when we were in school. The best thing she ever done was raising a good man. what a good buddy I have in you.
    Steve Copelin

  4. It was a privilege for me to make contact with Jane through through our research of the Blaikie family.

    Jane was obviously loved greatly and will be missed by her husband and close knit family. I am saddened by your loss.

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