Connie's Story

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Connie Jean (Allen) Barnes, age 71, of Lovilia, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017 at the Pella Comfort House.
She was born to Wayne and Virginia (Ammons) Allen on September 26th 1945. She attended Albia Community Schools, graduating with the class of 1963. She also attended Centerville Community College.
Connie married Daniel Creagan. To this union a daughter, Julie Lynn was born. They later divorced. She then married William Barnes on September 13, 1969. Bill had a daughter Melissa from a previous marriage. Bill and Connie had three daughters: Dana, Amy, and Ginny. Joining together five daughters which gave her great pride; though sometimes their giggling could drive her up the wall.
Connie began her working career as a Car Hop for Mick's Drive In, and later Dick's Drive In. she was a social worker and case manager for DHS in Wapello and Monroe Counties. She was secretary for Contel and G.T.E Telephone, and was secretary for Monroe County Secondary Roads, retiring in 2008. Even as her memory failed; she always referred to the secondary road crew as "my guys".
Connie and Bill raised their family and made their home in Lovilia for forty seven years. She was active in her church, where she played piano for almost forty years. She was also active in the community, and would pick up trash along hwy 5 for many years. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, flower gardening, and bowling.
She leaves to mourn her husband, William "Bill" Barnes III, daughters, Julie Spears, Melissa Lenger and (Kyle Vanzante), Dana Lennie, Amy (Jason) Simmons, Ginny Halling and (Jeff Beath), sixteen grandchildren;sister, Karen Pottorff, sister-in-laws and spouses, Christy (Marlin) Newman, Pamela (Kirby) Selby, Loita (Bob) Williams, and mother-in-law, Norma Barnes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Virginia Allen, two brothers, Gary and Terry, father-in-law, William Barnes Jr., sister-in-law, Judy Geno, and brother-in-laws, Jerry Geno and Pete Pottorff.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Lovilia United Methodist Church with Rev. Marvin Lindley and Rev. Raymond Doser officiating. Connie's body will be cremated following services per her wishes. A luncheon will be served at the Lovilia Community Building. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017, opening to the public at 1:00 p.m., and family will be present from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimers Association, Lovilia United Methodist Church, or Pella Comfort House. Online condolences may be left for the family at sinnottfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted with Sinnott Funeral Homes.
Published on July 6, 2017
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