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Evelyn Barnes

Aug. 29, 1933 - Apr. 26, 2021

Date of Service: May 8, 2021

BURLEY – Evelyn Althea Wrigley Barnes, an 87-year-old resident of the View and Malta area, slipped peacefully into the arms of her loved ones from metastatic melanoma, on Monday, April 26, 2021, at the home of her daughter, Ronda, in Quartzsite, Arizona. She was a wonderful person who affected everyone she came in contact with and was loved by all who knew her.

She was born to Herman Frank and Truth Gladys Kossman Wrigley, on August 29, 1933, in Malta, Idaho, at her grandparents’ home, Fred and Anna Kossman. She married the love of her life, Paul Dean Barnes, in View, Idaho. Together they raised four children, Ronda, DelRay, Paul, and Trina.

Evelyn was a strong advocate for children and spent many years flying back to Washington D.C. with her good friend, June Larson, to lobby for our children’s future. While there she was invited to the White House for lunch and to homes of several prominent friends and lawmakers for dinner. She was awarded the Freedom Medal of Honor for her work during that time. She went on to get her bachelor’s degree in education and taught for many years in Malta, Idaho. She touched many lives throughout her time as a teacher.

Evelyn loved to travel with her sister, Linda Durfee. They went everywhere together from
family gatherings to camping trips; they were also world travelers, going to fun and exciting places. Together they visited Japan and they also backpacked around Europe when Evelyn was in her 70s. She especially loved going to Clear Creek, camping and picnicking, and enjoying all her family– related or not.

After she retired from teaching, she loved to go to Quartzsite, Arizona, and became a yearly snowbird where she met and married a wonderful companion, Dan Kosmas. She always had so much fun in the sun and warm weather with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Evelyn is survived by her two daughters, Ronda (Robert) Perkins, and Trina (Robert) Wilson; two daughters-in-law, Debra Barnes, and Micheal Barnes; her sister, Linda Durfee; her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Paul Dean Barnes, and Dan Kosmas; her two sons, DelRay (Debra), and Paul (Micheal) Barnes; grandson, Jared Barnes; and great-granddaughter, Dakota Twiss.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350
E. 16th St., in Burley.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at Standrod Cemetery, in Standrod, Idaho.

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From Yolanda Garcia:
I met Evelyn in Malta she was a teacher at the time. I was the ESL Paraprofessional She was an excellent third grade teacher. I used to see her in town but not anymore, she moved to Arizona with Rhonda who was also a teacher. She lived a long life and enjoyed it with her family. It's hard to let go but when there is a lot of suffering she is better in heaven. I will always love her and you are in my heart, Yolanda Garcia, God Bless you.
From Thayne and Marilyn Buck:
Evelyn always had such a beautiful smile and jolly laugh. My daughter Dana and I traveled with her and her sister on a school trip to Boston and New York and they were a hoot!! We still laugh about seeing them in the airport with their heads together sound asleep as we were ready to head for home. Also love and sympathy to the family for your loss, I'm sure you will miss her, but knowing that she's in a better place is comforting. May the Lord bless you all.
From LaShelle Jones Gibson:
My family was neighbors with the Barnes family. I knew Evelyn as Mrs. Barnes though, because she was my 3rd grade teacher. I loved her class, and still tell my kids about the books she read to us and the fun time we had learning about Japan in her class. I especially remember her having us turn our desks upside down so we could pretend to be in Japan and sit on the floor for a day. We learned to use chopstick and drank warm koolaid (to substitute for drinking tea). That was one of my favorite school years.
When I was about 13 or 14, she hired me to mow her lawn. I'd bike over through the brushy path and mow for her, and if she was home while I was there, she'd be sure to share some kind of cold drink or treat, or both.
She was a beautiful woman and truly has played an important role in who I am today, and my love for Roald Dahl books. :)
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
From Kathleen Kirkham:
Evelyn was a wonderful, sweet person. I am so pleased that I could get to know her in Quartzsite. Her life certainly blessed mine. God bless you and all the family during this tender time.
From Dale and Diane Hansen:
Though I was a neighbor, but a short time period, I had many good talks with Evelyn and felt her compassion and zest for life.. we will miss her dearly and Dale spent time with her, as a close friend and neighbor, during the past 10 years especially.. She was a joy as a neighbor and even helped us can pears last fall. she tried to stay active but her body just became tired and she is now in a special loving place where she can be young again.. love, Dale and Diane Hansen
From Sara Torres:
I’m so sorry for your loss. She definitely was an amazing woman. Always so friendly and giving. My condolences go out to all the Barnes family. Much Love.
So very sorry!! Sending lots of prayers hugs and love!!! Rod Connie Arbon and Family!!! What a great Lady!!!
From Megan award:
My prayers and thoughts are with the family. Mrs. Barnes was my third grade teacher she was such an inspiration and one of my favorite teachers.
From Yolanda Garcia:
I really admired Evelyn she was a great teacher. She was retiring when I started working for the district. She was a beautiful lady always dressed herself nicely and her nice make-up. Wherever you are my dear, you are in my prayers and your family as well. Enjoy being with the angels. Yolanda Garcia.
From Sharon Hutchison:
Thinking of you with Sincere Sympathy and Fond Memories of your loved one..so sorry for your loss.
From Kathy Zollinger:
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved working at the school with Evelyn. She was always so friendly and kind to me. Lots of love to all the family.

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