Florence Barnes

Obituary of Florence Barnes

Florence Linsler (Tillema) Barnes, 92, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2017 at her home in Bethany, Oklahoma. Florence was born to Aaron and Florence Tillema in Rotterdam, NY on June 24, 1924. Following high school, she met and married her late husband of 70 years, Donald Warren Barnes.

In 1953, the couple settled down in DeWitt, NY in a home that they designed and built. It was there that Florence formed life-long friendships with her neighbors on Terrace Circle. Florence was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed gardening, bowling, knitting, baking, and playing bridge with her many friends. She epitomized what a grandmother should be and will be greatly missed by everyone.

Florence is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Barnes Gaines (Eric) and Tracy Barnes DeLano (Dennis); 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her sister, Margaret Furness (97 years young); and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Barnes; her son, Roger Barnes; and her brothers, Eugene and Robert Tillema.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM at DeWitt Community Church, 3600 Erie Blvd E, DeWitt, NY, followed by interment at White Chapel Memory Gardens.  A calling hour will be held Friday from 10-11, prior to the service.   

Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.