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Point Reyes Light - December 12, 2002

Lois Barnes, 90, dies; Lived in Pt. Reyes
By Larken Bradley

Former West Marin resident Lois Barnes, 90, died Friday, Nov. 29 in the town of Sonoma. A resident of Point Reyes Station and Inverness Park for more than 20 years, Mrs. Barnes and her late husband Paul moved to West Marin in 1967.

Born in Vegas

Born on Oct. 13, 1912 in Las Vegas, Nevada, then a small railway stop, family legend has it that the local doctor was summoned from a barroom to assist in her delivery. Lois Overmanís father was the first high school principal in Goldfield, Nevada, a booming mining town. The family later moved to California where young Lois grew up in Oakdale and Modesto.

While attending UC Berkeley, she met her future husband Paul Lance Barnes. They married in 1934 and settled in Marin County where Mrs. Barnes taught womenís physical education at Marin Junior College. During World War II her husband served as a naval officer. While raising their family, the Barnesí moved to Sacramento where Mr. Barnes worked for the state, and Mrs. Barnes trained scout leaders for the Camp Fire Girls.

During Ronald Reaganís term as governor the couple moved to Guatemala where Mrs. Barnes taught at the American School and Mr. Barnes worked with the US Agency of International Development.

In 1966 they bought a house on Papermill Creek in Point Reyes Station where they moved after Mr. Barnesí retirement the following year. They later purchased an Inverness Park house, said to be a former bootleggerís hideaway, near the summit of Inverness Ridge.

After her husbandís death in 1970, Mrs. Barnes returned to Sacramento where she taught preschool for several years before retiring to Inverness Park.

She served on the board of West Marin Senior Services and was active in the Inverness Garden Club and with the West Marin Community Thrift Shop.

Gentle woman

A quiet, gentle woman, Mrs. Barnes, expressed strong sympathies for the disadvantaged peoples of the world noted her family.

She remained the same sharp, independent, kind and giving person she was known to be until the day she died, family members wrote this week.

Mrs. Barnes is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Lorie and Tom Chase of Barrington, New Hampshire; and Carolyn and Richard Brumley of Corvallis, Oregon; daughter, Janet Theissen of Sonoma; son and daughter-in-law, Dana and Tammy Barnes of Reno; brother, Tom Overman of Modesto; sister, Jean Whiton of Guilford, Connecticut; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

At her request, no formal memorial service will be held.

The family has suggested that any memorial contributions be made to West Marin Senior Services; the Inverness Garden Club; or to Planned Parenthood.

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