Vivian Fay Rose Barnett
Vivian Fay Rose Barnett was born May 12, 1934 in a country farm house seven miles south of Laird, Colo., to Pearl H. and Dorothy Morrell Rose. She passed away on April 7, 2017 in Imperial. Fay started school at the Laird Country School one-half mile north of her home where she was born and raised. She then went to school at Wray where she graduated with the Class of 1951.
She married Marion Elbert Barnett on June 28, 1951 at the Methodist Church in Wray. Three children were born to this union. Larry Dean Barnett was born on August 31, 1952 in Wray. Patricia Ann (Barnett) Bryant was born September 26, 1953 in Colby, Kan. Cindy Sue was born July 27, 1957 in Wray.
For 15 years they lived and worked on the McKinney Ranch, 11 miles north of Laird. Fay drove a school bus from the ranch to the Laird school for nine years. In July 1969 after Marion had his first heart attack, they bought a small acreage two miles west of Wray.
Fay had several jobs throughout the years. Besides being a wife, mother and helping on the ranch, she worked at the JC Penney Store in Wray where she planned to retire from but the headquarters in New York had closed the store only after a few years.
She also cooked at the Renotta Nursing Home and in the kitchen of the Wray Jr. High School. From there she worked at Schauer Printing, Gene Cranwell Insurance, USDA-Rural Development, Wray Gazette and for Wray Market. While in Wray, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. When she moved to Imperial in 2015 she became a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
One of the biggest joys of her life was spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids. She spent a lot of her retired years chasing grandchildren and always helped out wherever she could. She attended horse shows, fairs, sporting events and other events to watch her grandkids show.
She loved doing word searches, embroidery, watching Price is Right and old western movies, reading Louis L’Amoure books and attending coffee at the local grocery store. She also enjoyed journaling on a daily calendar up until her arthritis wouldn’t allow it anymore. She loved her time with all her grandchildren dearly.
Fay is preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Dorothy; step-father, Fern Whomble; husband, Marion; daughter, Patricia Ann; sisters Martha R. DeVries, Wilma Kimmel and Barbara Rose; and brothers Morris Rose and Kenneth Rose.
She is survived by her daughter Cindy Barnett Hull (Duane) of Laird; son Larry Barnett of Wray; grandson Dan Barnett, (Kelly) and children Calvin and Lillian of Bodega, Calif.; granddaughter Anne (Barnett) Kelley (Skip) and children Porter and Zed of Imperial; grandson Luke Hull of Laird; granddaughter Tessa (Barnett) Oestman (Eric) and children Halle, Kendyl and Knox of Alliance; grandson Thomas Barnett (Kara) of Fort Collins, Colo.; granddaughter Sara Barnett of Denver, Colo.; granddaughter Lisa Smith and children, Lexi, Avalynn and Val of Gill, Colo.; and grandson Samuel Bryant of Vernon, Colo. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial on the morning of May 18 and a graveside service at the Grandview Cemetery in Wray that afternoon. Times are yet to be determined.
A notice of services will be published when times are established. No visitation, cremation was chosen.
A memorial has been established in memory of Fay Barnett. Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.