Elizabeth (Beth) Catherine Barnett died unexpectedly on August 27, 2012 in Pensacola, Florida. She was born and raised in the East St. Louis, Illinois area. She married Frederic Charles Barnett, and moved to Lamar, Colorado where at the age of 21, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse. After raising a family of three girls, she and her husband eventually made their home in Pensacola, where she taught for many happy years at Brentwood Middle School.
Throughout her life she was active in her community as a teacher, volunteer and mentor. She found the good in everyone she met, and made an effort to reach out to all. She understood each individual has worth. She made each person feel special by remembering names, birthdays, graduations, and children. She was a helper, problem solver and a friend for life. In her 86 years, she never grew tired of teaching and learning.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and twin brothers, Allison and Grant Golden.
She is survived by daughters, Catherine Rockwell Barnett, Ann Golden Barnett, Julia Scott MacManus (H. Cameron); grandchildren Cameron Rockwell MacManus, Allison Lou MacManus-Sharp (James), Joseph Frederic Tansey, Erin Elizabeth Tansey; great-grandchildren Beckhem James Sharp and Eliot Rockwell Sharp; a niece, and three nephews.
A memorial service was held in Pensacola, Florida on September 22 at the Azalea Trace Retirement Community Center.
A memorial service will be held in Crossville on Saturday, October 6 at the First United Methodist Church. The visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. with service to follow at 2:00 p.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church, or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements were made by Waters & Hibbett Funeral Home in Pensacola, Florida.