Shirley Barnes
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Obituary for Shirley Barnes

Shirley  Barnes
Shirley Mae Barnes, 83, Santa Fe, NM passed away on June 27, 2011. She was born on December 27, 1927 in Denver, Colorado to Pearl Bessie (Rieke) Haller and Richard Frank Haller.

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Barnes and son, Richard Charles Barnes. She is survived by her daughter, Paulette Denise Dubickas, son-in-law, Stanley Charles Dubickas, both of Rohnert Park, CA, sister, Roberta (Bobbie) Brundige of La Crescenta, CA, (2 nieces, 2 nephews, 2 great nieces, 2 great nephews), brother, Hugh (Bud) Haller of Moffat, CO, (wife and 2 nephews), significant other, and John J. Geier of Santa Fe, NM.

Born to a farming family in eastern Colorado, Shirley was immersed in 4-H as a child. Married in 1947, she was a working mother by the age of 25. In the mid 60’s, as a mother of 2, she returned to college graduating in 1971 from Colorado University Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelors of Arts followed in 1973 with a Masters of Arts in Library Media. During her tenure with Jefferson County Public Schools (Colorado), she began fulfilling her childhood dream of world travel, first as a chaperone to anywhere at any time. Later she and two colleagues created an accredited summer travel program for high school students. After retiring in 1988, she traveled as she could while caring for J.C., her late husband, after a massive stoke. After his death in 1989, she became a vagabond and traveled the U.S. settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1990 – feeling an earnest sense of place. The next few years saw her in many destinations and to all continents with the exception of Antarctica.
Shirley was never far from either learning or teaching. She experienced several Elder Hostels (where she met John Geier), taught in Fiji as a volunteer, was active in Renesan and a dedicated docent at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Yet to be released is her book named “The Kingdom of New Mexico”, the story of her beloved southwest to be published by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe. Written first as a guide for docents at las Golondrinas, it will be a gift to all who enjoy colonial Latin American history of the southwest.

Known as an inspiration and a pillar of strength to all that knew her, she is now gone to those “Far Off Places, With Strange Sounding Names” that she loved and that have finally called her home.

The surviving family, through Santa Fe Funeral Options, offers their website to share online condolences, photographs, memories or to make a donation to the charity of Shirley’s choice.

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507.

A notification of services will be sent later this summer.

The Barnes family has entrusted their loved one to:
The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options
417 East Rodeo Road ~ Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 989-7032

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