Esther Mae Barnes
Esther Mae Barnes was born March 17, 1922 in Osawatomie, Kan. to Lloyd and Ethel Wollen. She passed away June 28, 2011. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and teacher.
She is survived by her sister, Nancy Tinker of Visalia; brother, Linton Wollen of Merced; daughters, Alison Barnes and Leslie Troncale; granddaughter, Alyssa Coleman; and three great-grandchildren.
Esther graduated from Horton High School in Horton Kan. in 1939 and maintained contact with most of the remaining graduates and attended reunions until the 1990’s.
Esther entered the U.S. Navel Service on March 22, 1943 and was stationed in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the photo lab as a “Specialist-Photographer.” After leaving the WAVE’s in 1945, she attended the University of Southern California where she met the love of her life, Calvin Barnes, and they were married after a short courtship. Esther retained a love of photography and her family and was constantly taking pictures of people and scenery during family events and camping trips. Her other hobbies included quilting and singing with the Sweet Adeline’s. She loved to travel with her husband and friends which they did throughout much of their 63 years of marriage.
After raising her two daughters, Esther taught school in the Saugus School District for 18 years until 1983. Upon retirement, Esther and Cal moved to Big Pine where they continued to substitute teach and were active in the American Legion and their church for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Calvin in 2009.
A veteran’s memorial service is to be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday, July 29 at the Bakersfield National Cemetery (Corner of Hwy 58 and Hwy 223, 22 miles east of Bakersfield). Family, friends and others who knew Esther are invited to join us to share their memories.
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