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Judith D. Barnes

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
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Judith D. Barnes

ROCK FALLS – Judith D. Barnes, 73, of Rock Falls, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at her home, following a short illness. 

Judy was born May 13, 1940, in Tampico, the daughter of Harry Near and Mary Jane Howard. She married Donald Kramer on June 7, 1956, in Ottawa. Later, she married Harold Barnes on June 22, 1986. He preceded her in 2004. Judy was employed with Harper-Wyman Co. and Tyco Products of Sterling; Tri-County Opportunities as a grandma at Dillon School in Rock Falls; and Exceptional Care and Training Center in Sterling. She was an avid reader, Elvis and owl collector, and enjoyed quiet time with her cat.

Survivors include one son, Timothy (Shannon) Kramer of Sterling; one daughter, Joanna (Jerry) Owens of Walnut; two stepsons, Jim (Dawn) Barnes of Sterling and Korey Barnes; one stepdaughter, Kim (Bob) Peikert of Sterling; one brother, Roger (Mary) Near of Rock Falls; stepmom, Jan Near of Clinton, Iowa; special cousin, Shirley Wharfield of Rock Falls; four grandchildren, Amber (Jamie) Buss of El Paso, Emily Carrell of Schaumburg, Brittany (Brad) Hoffmire of Sterling, and Donnie Kramer of Rock Falls; six stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, Ian and Adian Buckingham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Jane Matthews; father, Harry A. Near; one son, Dean Kramer; one brother, Rick Matthews; and her husband, Harold Barnes.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.

A memorial has been established to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.

Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

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