Laura J. Barnes passed away suddenly in her home July 2 at the age of 56.
She was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend and will be sadly missed by all.
Laura was born July 25, 1960, at Bucks County Hospital, in Bristol, Pennsylvania. She was the fourth child born to the late John R. "Jack" Barnes, Sr. and the late Sandra J. Barnes.
Laura is survived by her stepmother, Patricia Barnes of Fairmont; brother, Gary R. Barnes of Bridgeport; and sister, Cindy L. Hartzell and her husband Randy M., of Bridgeport.
She is preceded in death by her oldest brother, John R. "Jack" Barnes Jr.
Laura loved spending time with her many nieces and nephews including nephew, Steve Barnes and his wife Kimberly, of Clarksburg; niece, J.J. Robinson and her husband Alan, of Portland, Oregon; nephew, Zachary Hartzell and his wife Lara, of Bridgeport; niece, Courtney Barnes, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; nephew, Jeffrey Hartzell, of Bridgeport; and niece, Shelby Hartzell and her fiance Tré Bell, of Bridgeport; great-nieces, Ansleigh and Abby Barnes, of Clarksburg; great-nephew, Killian Bell, of Bridgeport; great-niece and -nephew, Layla and Bradley Hartzell, of Bridgeport.
Laura graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1978, and then went on to attend Marshall University. She then owned and operated Sweet Dreams mattress store for four years before moving on to other opportunities.
She touched many lives with her love and kindness. She loved spending time at Maple Lake where she grew up and created lifelong friendships. She also enjoyed attending services at the Coons Run Baptist Church.
At the time of her death, she lived in Clarksburg, where she also had many wonderful and dedicated friends.
A gathering will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22 at the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport. A Celebration of Life service will be at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Sonny Palmer presiding. A private interment will happen at a late date.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
The Barnes family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport.
Published on July 15, 2017